Doug McDermott‘s much anticipated rookie campaign with the Chicago Bulls is yet to get underway, but he showed at Creighton he can be a dominant scorer. He is as NBA-ready as they come and may just be the prolific scorer the Bulls are looking for this season.
McDermott averaged 26.7 points and 7.0 rebounds his senior year at Creighton when he won National Player of the Year. He shot 53 percent from the field and 45 percent from three. During his time in college he never shot below 52 percent from the field or below 40 percent from behind the arc. It’s important to note that the Bulls don’t see him just as a shooter; they feel he is an all-around scorer.
McDermott will be able to create offense in a variety of ways. His shot chart is unbelievably impressive. He can score from all over the floor, but that doesn’t tell the full story. McDermott moves well without the basketball and finds ways to get open looks. He isn’t just a spot-up shooter either; he can create his own shot, often going to the post and hitting turnaround jumpers or attacking the basket.
He hit 96 threes his senior season and should help to vastly improve the Bulls’ 35 percent three-point shooting from last season. He also had a lot of success going to the hoop but has an efficient mid-range game as well.
As a rookie, and certainly as one under Tom Thibodeau, McDermott will have to earn his playing time. Not only must he show that he can score at the next level, but he will have to show he can hold his own defensively. Rookies have had trouble cracking the rotation in the past, but McDermott should end up being a vital part of the team.
At 6-foot-8, 225 pounds he will see minutes at small forward and shooting guard, likely coming off the bench behind Mike Dunleavy and Jimmy Butler. McDermott should also enjoy not having to be the best player on the floor while playing alongside Derrick Rose.
The best-case scenario is McDermott makes an instant impact and wins Rookie of the Year. Worst-case scenario is he struggles in his first season and doesn’t get many minutes a la Marquis Teague.