Player Capsules: Doron Lamb
By John Denton
May 7, 2013
ORLANDO – The Orlando Magic’s run of six straight seasons in the playoffs is over, ending the Eastern Conference’s longest such streak. But not all is lost for a Magic franchise with a bright future.
The Magic have a history of success that says that the franchise will soon be back in the NBA’s postseason. In the past 20 years, the Magic have made the playoffs 14 times – the fifth most times of any NBA franchise. And since the 1992-93 season, Orlando has had a .500-or-better record 16 times – also the fourth-best mark in the NBA over that time frame.
There are plenty of positives to come out of the 2012-13 season as the Magic have established a core of promising young players and they have a base of veterans expected to return next season.
Orlando also has secured the best odds at getting the top overall pick in the June 27 NBA Draft. The draft order will be determined in the May 21 NBA lottery, a process in which the Magic have a 25 percent chance of winning. The Magic have won the NBA’s top overall pick three times, and the last time they were in this situation they won the top pick and used it to select Dwight Howard in 2004.
Looking back on the 2012-13 season, we here at orlandomagic.com are going to spend the next three weeks breaking down each of the players currently on the Magic roster. We’ll look at their stats, highs and lows from the season, a favorite moment and analyze their role for the future.
So without further ado, here is today’s Magic player capsule:
NAME: Doron Lamb
JERSEY NUMBER: 1
HEIGHT, WEIGHT: 6-4, 210
POSITION: Point guard
NBA SEASONS: 1
2012-13 SEASON STATS (WITH MAGIC): 24 games, 3.2 ppg., 1.2 rpg., 39.7 percent FG, 47.6 percent 3-point FG, 63.2 percent FT.
2012-13 SEASON HIGHS: 16 points (April 10 vs. Bucks); 4 rebounds (four times – latest April 17 vs. Heat); 2 assists (three times – latest April 13 vs. Celtics); 1 steal (six times – latest April 10 vs. Bucks); 0 blocks; 35 minutes (April 10 vs. Bucks).
BEST MOMENT: Facing a Milwaukee Bucks team that rarely played him and traded him to the Magic on Dec. 21, Lamb showed off his shooting prowess with a strong game. He made six of 10 shots and four of six 3-pointers to burn his former team for 16 points. Most importantly, he had five points in overtime, including one that put the Magic ahead for good, in Orlando’s thrilling 113-103 victory.
OF NOTE: Thought to be a point guard, Lamb showed more promise as a shooting guard in Orlando following the Feb. 21 trade that also included Tobias Harris and Beno Udrih. In 24 games with the Magic, he made 10 of 21 3-pointers (47.6 percent). He made at least one 3-pointer in six games with the Magic. And in his 47 games with the Bucks and Magic, Lamb averaged 3.3 points and 1.0 rebounds in 12.3 minutes a game.
FUTURE ROLE WITH THE MAGIC: Initially buried behind Jameer Nelson and Udrih when he arrived in Orlando, Lamb got off to a slow start with the Magic. But once Nelson went down with a sprained ankle, Lamb began to show some of the promise that the Magic saw before trading for him. He has great size for a point guard, size that allows him to hold his own against some of the bigger guards in the league. But he doesn’t seem to be well-suited to play point guard offensively, and he didn’t register his first assist with the Magic until he had already played 10 games. But his ability to knock down shots – something that Lamb did in high school in New York City and in college at Kentucky – is something that intrigues the Magic. This is a big summer for him as he will work out at the team facility most of the offseason and he’ll compete on the Magic’s summer league squad. The Magic are hoping to see Lamb progress as a shot-maker and as a conductor of the offense. Lamb clearly has the size and shooting ability to be a contributor, but his toughness and competitiveness have to improve this offseason. He has a guaranteed contract for next season, but he’ll be in a fight for a job come training camp next October.
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