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There are good shooters, and then there are guys like McDermott who have the potential to be one of the best pure shooters in the NBA.
Don't take my word for it. Listen to a guy who knows a thing or two about shooting the basketball, and doing it in Thibodeau's offense. Here's what former Bull and Creighton Blue Jay Kyle Korver had to say about McDermott after Team USA practice.
Per Smith, Korver said:
I think he’s really good. He’s got the right temperament and mindset; he’s not going to get down when things don’t go his way, gets pulled out. Has the right head for that situation. He’s got great balance to his shot. He’s got great technique and form. He’s always on balance. To be a great, consistent shooter you have to be sound. His legs are sound under his shot. He’s got a form that can endure. I’ve been really impressed with his shooting. I knew he was a good shooter. I didn’t know he was as good a shooter as he’s shown.
In college, McDermott never made less than 40 percent from three-point range in a season. He made 45 percent of his long-distance connections as a senior.
That skill set is one desperately needed for the Bulls offense, and especially the starting lineup. Derrick Rose is a great all-around player, but he's still not exactly a deadly long-range shooter. He'll also have the ball in his hands most of the time attempting to create for himself and teammates.
McDermott could stand to benefit greatly from Rose's penetration.
Jimmy Butler figures to start at shooting guard, but he saw his three-point percentage dip to just 28 percent last season. He can't be depended on to spread the floor for Rose and Pau Gasol.
While veteran Mike Dunleavy Jr.—who many expect to start—did knock down 38 percent of his threes last season, he doesn't offer as many facets to his scoring repertoire as McDermott.
Per ESPN.com's Jon Greenberg, Bulls general manager Gar Forman calls McDermott "crafty" and says he has the ability to create shots "off the bounce" and slip inside to the post.
“If you’re just viewing him strictly as a shooter, you’re not casting him in the proper light. Because he’s a lot more than that. We think he’s a complete player."
The praise and support are awesome, and they're all the more reason McDermott should be starting from the very first preseason game.