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3 - Doug McDermott

Creighton 

  • Birthday: 1/3/92
  • NBA Position: Small Forward
  • Class: Senior
  • Ht: 6-7
  • Wt: 220
  • Hometown: Ames, Iowa
  • High School: Ames
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7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9

Overall

92

2014
Mock:  11

NBA Comparison: Wally Szczerbiak/Tracy Murray

Strengths: Unbelievable scoring skills … Is aided by his outstanding shooting touch and “easy” shooting stroke … Deep range as a shooter … Has a textbook form to his shot, and squares his shoulders to the basket almost instantaneous when he attempts jumpers … Shows a very quick release and has the ability to quicken his release against closeouts … Has great footwork … Able to hit shots from deep with his feet set and off screens, and is also extremely effective with pull-ups … Polished mid-range player … Has a nice array of subtle moves he uses to give himself space from defenders closing out on him … Good fadeaway shot … Likes to shoot the Dirk-esque 1 foot fall away jumper, and is very effective at doing so … A coaches son who plays with a high IQ, and shows very good savvy and feel for the game … Very efficient player, was a career 50-40 player from the field and 3 respectively … Makes good decisions when moving without the ball, and did a good job getting easy baskets off cuts to the hoop … Rarely seems to press for his shots … Willing to make hustle plays … Plays a fairly tricky game that makes him a tough matchup to contain offensively … Good amount of floaters and runners in his arsenal … Slashes to the rim with a low center of gravity … Pretty strong … Though he is stuck between the forward positions, his post game could work to his advantage fairly often depending on matchups … Runs the floor better than most would think, and will run-out for easy baskets at the rim after missed shots … A good “trailerman” shooter in transition … Was one of 2 players (the other was Marcus Smart) invited to the Team USA mini-camp in 2013, and reportedly fared well enough to encourage scouts about his ability to translate to the NBA … Really good free throw shooter … Generally decent rebounder … Uses his body and the rim effectively to shield shot blockers when finishing around the rim … Improved his ability to create off the dribble substantially throughout his college career … Has some post game too, showing a good jump hook with his right … Tough to ignore his consistent dominance scoring the ball throughout his entire career at Creighton, despite his other limitations ... More athletic than he appears as he showed with a 36.5 max vertical at the NBA combine ...

Weaknesses: McDermott’s athletic and physical limitations place questions about how he will translate to the NBA … Is not a very explosive or quick player, with average leaping skills … Is a tweener due to his lack of height, and his 6’6 ¼ height measurement without shoes in the combine did little to help his cause about answering questions about his ability to spend time playing the PF position at the next level … Lacks athleticism for the SF position, and not tall or long enough to play consistently at PF … Will have to rely heavily on timing and positioning to be effective at the next level … Gets his shot blocked quite a bit around the rim, and becomes much less effective the longer he has the ball in the post … Hard to imagine him getting daylight like he did at Creighton on his some of his shot attempts considering his fairly pedestrian physical skills and athleticism … How effective he becomes will depend directly on the system he goes to and exactly how his coach plans to use him based on game-to-game matchups … Had his share of struggles vs teams with true NBA athleticism in his college career … Has some weaknesses against long and athletic defenders … Can be rebounded and shot over a bit too often … Makes no impact whatsoever on the defensive end of the ball … Has posted alarmingly low steal and block numbers throughout his career for a projected frontcourt player, and that does not figure to improve at all in the NBA … Will his coaches ever look past the fact that he is a fringe defender? ... Doesn’t pass the ball often ...

Overall: Answered the ciritcs who claimed his success was due in part to playing in a small conference after putting up the same numbers in the Big East as a senior ... Comes off an unbelievable Senior season in which he cemented his legacy and became the 5th leading scorer in college basketball history … McDermott's productivity and scoring/shooting ability cannot be ignored when projecting him to the next level … Extremely fierce competitor, and had one of the best individual careers in college basketball history … He is able to get his shots off in more than a few ways, and likely will be a good per-minute scorer at the next level sooner or later … He proved to be a student of the game in his 4 seasons at Creighton, and improved nicely every season he was in school which is extremely encouraging … His physical and athletic limitations make him a player who needs to be utilized in certain ways to be succesful … His draft range is anywhere from the late lottery to the mid-first round ...

Jorrye Nixon 5/15/14

Strengths: Excellent shooter, particularly for his size. Had percentages of 60-49-80 last season ... Has a nice arsenal of post moves. Gets a lot of unorthodox buckets around the rim ... His offensive versatility makes him a matchup problem, as he can post up on the average small forward, but he can drag a power forward outside with his shooting ability ... Plays well off the ball. Gets a lot of open looks for himself from beyond the arc ... A true coach's son, McDermott has a high basketball IQ ... Good rebounder, especially for his size. Averaged 8.2 RPG last season ... Incredibly efficient overall player. Averaged 22.9 PPG last year on only 14.6 shots, and averaged 1.6 points per shot attempt ... Has a large frame which helps him gain position against smaller defenders ... Usually was able to maintain his elite level of production against high-quality opponents ... Extremely smooth shot release ... Potential to be a speciality shooter gives him added intrigue ...

Weaknesses:
He creates matchup problems on offense, but he is the matchup problem on defense, as he is a tweener who is too short and lacking in strength to guard the 4, but lacks the lateral quickness to guard 3's ... Has played a lot more 4 than 3 through his college career, will need to transition to playing much more on the perimeter ... Struggles to create his own shot on the perimeter. Ballhandling ability is subpar ... His inside scoring ability is severely limited when he goes up against NBA-sized big men ... Has a relatively big frame, but desperately needs to add muscle in order to utilize his post game ... Slow on closeouts due to his lack of foot speed ... Physical limitations are concerning ...

Notes: High school teammate of North Carolina's Harrison Barnes and member of the 2011 USA U-19 team ... Measured 6'8 (in shoes) 223 lbs, with a 6'8.5 wingspan at the 2012 Amare Stoudemire Skills Academy ...

Jacob Stallard 8/14/13

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