Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Remember all those Kentucky players chosen in last year’s NBA Draft?
Six of them altogether.
Well, three of them are now in the NBA D-League after the Milwaukee Bucks sent Doron Lamb down to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Saturday.
Lamb joins Terrence Jones (Houston Rockets) — the No. 18 overall pick — and Darius Miller (New Orleans Hornets) — the No. 46 pick — as members of the 2012 NCAA champions on D-League rosters.
All told, 25 players from the 2012 NBA Draft class have been assigned to the D-League so far this season.
The 6-foot-4 Lamb, a Queens, N.Y. native, was the No. 42 overall pick in last year’s NBA Draft. He has appeared in 23 games for the Bucks this year, averaging 3.4 points and 12.2 minutes. He scored a season-high eight points on four occasions.
Of the six Kentucky players drafted, only Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist — the No. 1 and 2 overall picks — are contributing meaningfully to their teams.
Davis is averaging 13.2 points and 7.7 rebounds for the Hornets, who visit the Knicks Sunday.
Kidd-Gilchrist, the former Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick star, is averaging 11 points and 6.4 boards for the Charlotte Bobcats.
Marquis Teague, the No. 29 overall pick, is averaging 2.3 points and 1.5 assists for the Chicago Bulls and got a DNP in Friday night’s 108-101 win over the Knicks.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.