ESPN's Jeff Goodman had the news, and Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported a league source confirmed the move:
The best player in college basketball last year, Dougie McBuckets can absolutely fill it up. He's arguably the draft's best shooter, but he is also capable of taking opponents off the dribble or posting up smaller defenders.
Grantland's Kirk Goldsberry noted his immense versatility.
That's perfect for the Chicago Bulls, who finished 27th in the NBA last season in offensive rating (99.7 points per 100 possessions) and desperately needed some firepower on that end of the ball.
The 6'8" Creighton product, via the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnson, is happy with the fit, as well:
McDermott's defense is undoubtedly a question mark, and probably the reason he dropped out of the top 10, but as Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix and DraftExpress' Mike Schmitz argued, he is now under the one coach who can get the most out of him on that end of the court.
Of course, it's also impossible to ignore the Carmelo Anthony factor. Not only do the Bulls get a player in McDermott who can immediately improve the team, they free up cap space by unloading two picks. Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel and Basketball Insiders' Nate Duncan touched on that:
On the flip side, Andy Glockner noted it was certainly a nice haul for the Nuggets, who get two top-20 picks in a stacked draft:
Those picks turned into Jusuf Nurkic, a powerful old-school center with good agility and soft hands, and Gary Harris, a smooth-shooting 2-guard who can defend.
Mannix applauded both picks, while ESPN's Kevin Pelton called the Nuggets the early winners of the draft:
This is what trades are made for. The Bulls got offense and cap space. The Nuggets got two players who easily could have been taken at No. 11 without anyone batting an eye.
Overall, this is a win-win situation that should help Chicago remain atop the East and Denver return to the postseason in the always-improving West.
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