It’s been a dreadful week for Bucks fans. In addition to losing four straight games against progressively weaker opponents, the Bucks lost first-round pick John Henson to a knee injury.
But now there’s finally something to smile about with regard to their other draftee, second-round pick Doron Lamb, who averaged 14 points and nearly 3 rebounds per game in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Good news for Bucks: rookie guard Doron Lamb practices with team for first time and looks good.
— Gery Woelfel (@GeryWoelfel) October 23, 2012
Lamb will likely land a role in the rotation at some point this season — unless the Bucks make a trade for a guard. Their depth in the backcourt simply isn’t; when Beno Udrih bumped his head earlier in the preseason, the only guards were Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis and a pair of forwards masquerading as guards: Marquis Daniels and Mike Dunleavy.
The Bucks finish the preseason on with a pair of games Thursday and Friday, then open the regular season on the following Friday in Boston.
My uneducated guess is that it’s unlikely he’ll play this week, but Lamb should get plenty of work practicing with the team during the six off-days sandwiched in between, and be ready to go for the start of the regular season.
Lamb injured tore a ligament in his left (non-shooting) elbow nearly a month ago. He has missed all of formal training camp and the preseason games. The tear occured when Doron tried to work his way around a Joel Przybilla screen during the players’ informal workouts.
Apart from the Lamb injury, which was obviously grossly unwanted, Przybilla’s wide-bodied picks have been one of pleasant surprises of camp (albeit a minor one). He erases his target nearly every time. Just not in practice please, Joel.