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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Doron Lamb Could Be Second Round Target For Atlanta

While the Atlanta Hawks No. 23 overall selection in the first round has received most of the publicity, in a draft as deep as 2012, they could find a solid contributor with their second round pick (No. 43 overall) as well.

In ESPN Insider Chad Ford's mock draft of both rounds, he has Atlanta taking Kentucky SG Doron Lamb in the second round:

The Hawks can always use guards who can really stroke the basketball. Lamb is in contention with John Jenkins for the best sniper in the draft.

Lamb was a two-year starter for Kentucky and a key playmaker on two Final Four teams as well as their national championship squad last year. Without elite athleticism, he's been overshadowed by his more high-profile teammates, but he's a nice prospect in his own right as well.

At 6'5 200, he's an excellent shooter (career 47.5% from deep) who can defend both back-court positions and run point (career 1.6 assist on 1.2 turnover average). He projects as an excellent combo man off the bench and he could become one of the best sixth men in the NBA.

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