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It's hard to imagine someone who scored so prolifically in college not continuing to ply his trade in the pros.
Doug McDermott finished his four-year career at Creighton as the fifth-highest scorer in NCAA Division I history with 3,150 points. He capped it by averaging 26.7 points per game in 2013-14 to win the following awards:
- AP Player of the Year
- Consensus First team All-American
- NABC Player of the Year
- Naismith Award
- Sporting News Player of the Year
- USBWA Player of the Year
- Wooden Award
If that doesn't sound like someone ready to put in work at the highest level, I don't know what does.
In a rare showing of aggression, the Chicago Bulls traded up from the 16th and 19th picks to nab McDermott at No. 11. No other player fits their desperate need for shooting than the guy who hit 45 percent of his 3-point attempts last year.
Besides D.J. Augustin, and Mike Dunleavy on occasion, the Bulls struggled to get buckets from the perimeter. This put added pressure on Joakim Noah to correctly facilitate the offense every time down the court and placed a higher premium on easy buckets.
McDermott comes in as an immediate floor-spacer even if he lacks elite speed on the wings. If Chicago succeeds in attracting Carmelo Anthony, McDermott will have replaced Dunleavy on the bench to make it happen. As a sixth man, McBuckets will have plenty of opportunity to flourish under coach Tom Thibodeau, though the team feels he's more than a one-dimensional shooter.
"What excites us about Doug is we feel he's more than a shooter," Forman said, per Chicago Tribune reporter K.C. Johnson. "He's a guy who is crafty with the ball, can create his own shot, can go in the post some, has a quick release whether it's from the perimeter or outside." Thibs agreed.