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Projected role and stat line: Backup small forward, 75 GP, 18 MPG, 8.8 PPG, 2.6 RPG, .8 APG, 46.4 FG%
The Bulls can certainly use shooting and scoring wherever they can find it, and so trading up in the draft to take Creighton star Doug McDermott certainly makes sense.
Even though it may be enticing to peg McDermott for a starting role at the 3 over Mike Dunleavy, expect Tom Thibodeau to side with the veteran and give him the bulk of the minutes. Thibodeau has typically been reluctant to give rookies minutes over the years, except for when his hand has been forced.
Even with a crumbling roster, Thibodeau only gave rookie wing Tony Snell 16 minutes a game, so pegging McDermott for much more is probably optimistic. Jimmy Butler barely played at all his rookie year.
Still, McDermott's shooting ability is going to be tough to ignore, especially if the bench fails to produce offensively. Snell can see time at the 2, which should leave McDermott in line to soak up all of the minutes Dunleavy leaves on the table.
Here's Tyler Lashbrook at SB Nation with a breakdown of McDermott's game:
McDermott is a spectacular shooter and he can do it in a number of ways: Off pin-downs, flair screens, with the ball in his hands, hand offs, spotting up, etc. He's also developed a few nuances that help him get his shot off against more athletic defenders.
But he isn't going to be even an average one-on-one defender in the NBA against either forward position. He doesn't have the size or length to defend power forwards and he doesn't have the lateral quickness to stay in front of wings. He is, however, a smart team defender and you can afford to hide him on the opposing team's worst offensive player in certain lineups.
McDermott may not contribute a whole lot in other categories, but he should shoot and score efficiently and help the Bulls space the floor. He should put up very impressive per-36-minute numbers offensively.