After watching the Atlanta Hawks fall to the Indiana Pacers in Game 7 of the NBA Playoffs, I think it’s safe to say the team should target someone such as Doug McDermott in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft. The Hawks went through some rough patches on the offensive end in this series and really could have used someone like McDermott to come in and knock a couple of buckets down.
The Creighton standout is a spectacular shooter, who provides an instant boost to any team offensively. He was arguably one of the best college players of all time, and I could see him becoming a perfect fit in coach Mike Budenholzer‘s system. Coach Bud loves players who can stretch the floor and hit down the outside shot, which is exactly what McDermott proved he can do at the college level. The senior forward shot an amazing 52.6 percent from the field and an impressive 44.9 percent from beyond the arc in his last year. The craziest part about his shooting percentages is that game after game opposing teams knew they had to stop him, yet they still couldn’t.
McDermott was a beast for Creighton, plain and simple. Despite facing double teams and going up against the opposition’s best defender every time, he managed to average an incredible 26.7 points per game. Now, while I don’t expect to him average anywhere near that level in the NBA, I could easily see him averaging over 10 points per game in an Atlanta uniform. It doesn’t matter if he comes off the bench or starts either. Mike Scott was good for 9.6 points per game off the bench this season, and no offense to Scott, but I truly believe McDermott is the better version of him. He may not be as athletic, but you can’t deny his sharpshooting capabilities. He can hit shots from anywhere and at a much more efficient rate, too.
Hopefully Atlanta gets the chance to draft him with the 15th pick because there is a good chance he might not be there. He’s predicted to go anywhere from the top ten to later in the first round, but let’s hope for the Hawks’ sake he falls to them. McDermott would be an excellent addition for a team loaded with talent and on the verge of becoming a contender in the Eastern Conference.