After a surprising move for one highly touted rookie yesterday, NBA fan bases across the country waited with bated breath, hoping that their new favorite young players wouldn’t be moved elsewhere. Unfortunately for the Milwaukee fan base, their team is now feeling the same anguish Sacramento fans are still getting acquainted to.
Doron Lamb, the Milwaukee Bucks 42nd overall pick out of Kentucky, was traded to the Orlando Magic today as part of a package that helps Milwaukee make a playoff push and Orlando look towards the future.Aside from Lamb, the Bucks also traded away second-year F Tobias Harris and PG Beno Udrih to the Magic in exchange for SG J.J. Redick, PF Gustavo Ayon, and PG Ish Smith.
And while the move may seem pointless to Lamb fans right now, the trade may pay off huge dividends for the rookie down the road.
Lamb had only appeared in 23 games for the Bucks, averaging a measly 3.4 ppg on .347% shooting from the field and .533% shooting from the free-throw line in 12 minutes a game. Granted, Lamb had quite the competition ahead of him, as backing up Monta Ellis makes it difficult for anyone to get a chance to play, let alone shoot the ball. In Orlando, he’ll have to compete with Aaron Afflalo and E’Twaun Moore for playing time; however, he won’t be buried behind a high-percentage perennial All-Star, which should allow for more opportunities on the court, especially when the Magic choose to play small.
It’s a small improvement for Lamb to say the least, but an improvement nonetheless.