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Chicago Bulls 2014 NBA Draft Profile: Doug McDermott


In this edition of the continuing series of profiles on this year’s NBA Draft prospects, we will look at Doug McDermott. McDermott is a 6’8″ forward out of Creighton who shoots lights out. This is something the Bulls are desperate to have.

When I say McDermott can shoot, I mean he can shoot…from deep…with his eyes covered. This past season, he put up 627 shots, making 53% of them. Of those shots, an incredible 214 of them were 3-pt attempts. He made 45% of those treys. Of the two-point attempts, McDermott shot 57%. His true shooting percentage was 65%, third best among all prospects. He attempted a lot more shots, so that high percentage is that much better. Over his collegiate career, he shot 55% overall, 59% from 2-point range, and 46% from three.

McDermott is a hard worker who goes all-out, which should endear him to Chicago fans. He is, however, average athletically, and might struggle defensively. He may be a tweener, too slow to guard small forwards, and too small to take the punishment from power forward. Tom Thibodeau has gotten a lot from players with less ability than McDermott, though.

Some in the media have compared McDermott to Larry Bird. He was asked about it when he spoke to the media during the combine. “I’ve heard it, but they’re crazy,” he said. “Because there’s not another Larry Bird, I don’t think, in my mind. If I could do half of what Larry accomplished, I’d be just fine. It’s pretty cool just to be mentioned in the same sentence as him, but there’s not going to be another Larry Bird.”

The comparisons are a little crazy. With the athleticism of players in the NBA nowadays, I think he’ll have a career similar to that of Kyle Korver. Korver has had a solid career in the league as a role player, a shooter off the bench. McDermott can have a good ten-year career being a sharpshooter.

McDermott is a four-year player, so that may affect his draft position. He has been projected anywhere from eight to seventeen, and part of the reason is that in this day and age, teams want the freshmen or sophomores.

McDermott is familiar with the Bulls. His agent is based in Chicago, and he has been working out in Chicago. One of his confidants is the aforementioned Korver, who also starred at Creighton.

“He loved it,” McDermott said of the information he got about Chicago from Korver. “He loved it. He didn’t want to leave. He had a great time here; he liked Coach Thibodeau and all his teammates, Joakim Noah. So he’s a great resource to have when talking about teams.”

Having Jimmer Fredette train an offseason with the Bulls, Mike Dunleavy Jr. and drafting McDermott would give the Bulls some great shooting off the bench. A good scoring bench would take some pressure off of the starters, and distributing the scoring would make it tough on a defense to key in on one player. The question is how much will their own defense suffer in order to gain some scoring. If someone can work with players to get their defense up to par, it’s Thibodeau. Remember, he got Nate Robinson to play some defense.

 

 

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  • KING HARVEY

    I like McDermott and like thibs said “we need shooting” if thibs can teach em
    How to defend then we got ourselves a beast off the bench cause he is not just korver he can score in a lot of ways … More like belineli mixed with nowitski and Kyle korver shooting

    • Leroy Boyd

      King
      lol you actually mention how him in the same sentence with Dirk man come on. The kid was a great college scorer and I dont think Thibs can teach defense if you can move your feet or guard against speed or quickness. We saw how much he improved Boozer’s defense. I don’t even know how you can compare him to Korver who is faster and quicker than what I have seen from McD but I say lets wait and see how he works out but will he be there at 16 or 19?

      • Carlos

        I would rate McDermott a little better than Korver because he doesn’t need a lot of space to shoot. We have seen with Korver that if you put a man on him he can’t get his shooting stroke and he struggles. McDermott’s catch and shoot ability is off the chart.

        • Leroy Boyd

          Carlos
          You cant be serious? He gets his shot off quicker than Korver? If you stick a man on Korver he has trouble? Did you see what Baylor did to McD? If McD has the same career as Korver he will be a decent player. Korver has proven that he can score in the NBA and yet we are talking about a kid who is coming into the league with a vet eho had proven he can shoot at a high rate

          • Carlos

            You keep talking about one game. He had a bad game. As I said, his catch and shoot skill is phenomenal. I am sure you saw Korver in action during the playoffs. He just couldn’t get his shot off, and when he did he was awful. I am not saying McDermott is better than Korver RIGHT NOW, only that coming out of college he is a better shooter than Korver was. What he does in the pros is up to him now…

          • Leroy Boyd

            Carlos
            Yes one game against a team full of athletes. You talk about Korver msn please did you see what he did against the pacers? Sure he had an issue against the heat simply because Thibs refuse to make adjustments and the Heat just played against the Bulls defense that made no adjustments. You are trying to compare apples and oranges pro vs college Korver is scoring against the best players in the world while McD is playing against hopefuls

          • Carlos

            Leroy, I am not comparing McDermott to Kover now. I am comparing him to when Korver was coming out. Also, Korver did not have problems with only the Heat. In his career, he shoots 42.5% from three. In the playoffs, when the defenses tighten, he shoots 38.6%. Korver needs to be set and has to have his mechanics perfect. McDermott, though he may be slower moving than Korver, releases his shot quicker than Korver, and he can shoot on the move, which is something Korver couldn’t do coming out (and still can’t now).

          • Leroy Boyd

            Carlos I didnt see Korver in college. I admit your description of McD I only saw one game of his against Baylor and what you describe I did not see. Furthermore NBA teams prepare for Korver lets see once how McD does. So right now all this is nothing but speculation on McD part

  • Leroy Boyd

    Anybody that mentions McD in the same sentence with Larry Legend should be drug tested. You are right he had a great college career but one game against Baylor gave us a glimpse of what improvements or what he will face in the NBA.

    I dont doubt that he was a great college player but we have seen those in between players get crushed in the NBA. I think he trying to compare him to Korver is a bit of a stretch as well simply because Korver is faster ir quicker. It will be nice to see how McD plays out in the NBA but he is projected to be gone way before 16 and 19.

    Some have suggested that the Bulls will trade both picks to move up in the top 10 I dont think they will trade 2 picks to move up to get McD

    • Carlos

      In looking at the mock drafts, he has been projected to go anywhere from 8 to 17. I think his stock has gone down a little because of his tweener situation, and with all the young kids in this draft, not a lot of teams will go after a 22 or 23-year old. I personally like the juniors and seniors. They are more well rounded and they don’t have the learning curve that the youngsters need…

      • Leroy Boyd

        Carlos
        Yea I have seen many of those I like the polish players as well I think with the right team they all can become successful. But getting into the right system you have to be lucky. Most NBA coaches have predated ideas about what they need rather than adjusting to the kids talent.