With the 42nd pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks selected Doron Lamb, a 6-4 guard from Kentucky. After grabbing North Carolina PF John Henson with the #14 pick, it was safe to assume the Bucks would target a perimeter player with their second-round pick. That's just what they did, grabbing one of the best pure shooters in all of college basketball.
Early in the second round, a number of intriguing wing players were still available. Baylor SF Quincy Miller and Memphis SG Will Barton were both mentioned as potential first-round talents, and both seemed like good fits for the Bucks. But when the Denver Nuggets snagged Miller with the 38th pick, followed by the Portland Trail Blazers pilfering Barton at #40, the Bucks just moved on down the list. Lamb might not offer the kind of size Milwaukee was hoping to find with the pick, but the things he does, he does very well.
Try this number on for size: 126.8. That was Lamb's individual offensive rating with Kentucky last year, according to KenPom.com. That's simply an incredible number, 12th best in the NCAA. Lamb achieved such heights of efficiency by doing two things: taking care of the ball, and shooting the freaking lights out. A career 47.5% shooter from deep in two seasons with the Wildcats, Lamb was considered one of the best "snipers" in the draft. His midrange game is excellent as well, and he's a capable ball handler. For what it's worth, DraftExpress ranked him the 21st overall prospect in the entire draft, making this an absolute steal for the Bucks if such a grade proves accurate.
Lamb looks like the quintessential bench scorer, but we're obligated to acknowledge why Lamb went undrafted until the middle of the second round. At 6-4 and change, Lamb will probably give up some size to modern SGs. He's also not much of an attacker, drawing fouls at a low rate, and his 8.8 assist rate suggests he won't be a great distributor right away. That he achieved such fantastic efficiency without much help from the foul line is a testament to his pure shooting ability, but it'll be tough to keep that up in the NBA.
It remains to be seen if Lamb's tenure in Milwaukee will be any longer than previous second-rounders, but Bucks fans can take solace in the fact that this guy just gets buckets. For real, though.