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Frankel’s 2013-14 projections
Magic fans are constantly going to have to have perspective this season, that Orlando’s goal is to lose. Bad players playing lots of minutes is a good thing. With that in mind, Doron Lamb should contribute in the right way to this Magic team.
Austin Rivers got all the hype for having one of the worst season’s of all-time for a rookie, but Doron Lamb deserves a bit of attention as well. He had the lowest PER (4.8) and third-worst regularized adjusted plus/minus (-5.9) among players who played more than 500 minutes.
Lamb shot terribly from nearly everywhere, and didn’t do anything to make up for that shooting deficiency, rebounding and assisting at abysmal levels. He was lost on defense, as is typical for rookies, getting blown by left and right and missing rotations to shooters.
But every so often, Lamb would do something good. Like score a career-high 16 points against the Milwaukee Bucks, his former team, and flash a sweet shooting stroke from beyond the arc.
This year, Lamb projects to improve in almost everything, due to his age, but still be terrible. The one glimmer of hope is his aforementioned 3-point shooting, where he shot 37.8 percent on 37 attempts last season. If that is somewhere near his true ability and not a fluke of small sample size, Lamb could at least occupy a semi-useful role on offense in the future.
He has good athleticism, so if he can figure out some of the nuances of NBA defense and keep up at somewhere around that shooting level, Lamb could be more than just a replacement-level player.