Name: Doug McDermott
Position: Small Forward/Power Forward
Height: 6’7.75″ (with shoes)
Weight: 218 pounds
Doug McDermott has been one of the best three pure scorers in college basketball for each of the last three seasons at Creighton. He has a beautiful shooting stroke with range that should easily translate to the NBA level, and he can score from anywhere on the floor. This is the primary reason he has a chance at becoming a good NBA player. There’s always room in the league for shooters, and McDermott is certainly that. Fortunately, he’s got a bit more than shooting to his offensive game. His handles are solid enough to where he can put the ball on the floor and create for himself, as well. He’s known to be a hard worker that will run the floor and won’t try and force things. He’s worked on a little floater that he can hit with consistency off-the-dribble, which should serve him well. Defensively, he’s a quality team defender, and he plays angles quite well.
McDermott isn’t an awful athlete, but there are worries about how his lack of explosion will affect his ability to score in the NBA. The aforementioned floater should help to diversify the way he scores a bit, but there’s also the matter of what position he’s going to be playing. He was able to score in a variety of areas against weaker college competition, but at 6’7″, is he big enough to score inside without much lift? He hasn’t looked great when trying to score with contact in the past, which figures to pose some problems. He seems to translate better as a small forward, at least offensively, but he may struggle to stay in front of guys on the other end.
More than perhaps any other player in the draft, McDermott’s potential success at the next level depends big time on which team winds up drafting him. If he’s able to get into a situation with a coach willing to help accentuate his strengths, he’s a player capable of contributing immediately. But if he goes into the wrong situation and struggles to find his place, he may not last very long, unfortunately. I think he has a chance to be very good, but probably not a superstar in the league. But as I said, there’s always a place for shooters, so I think he’ll be around for quite a while. His upside isn’t as high as some of the other players in this class, so it wouldn’t be overly shocking to see him fall a bit further than expected on draft night.