Doug McDermott, also known as “Dougie McBuckets” has become somewhat of college hoops legend. After a tremendous junior campaign, he did what only he could do: improve even more his senior season.
McBuckets has actually watched his draft stock improve from a year ago, despite this year’s loaded class and last year’s depleted one. If that doesn’t speak to not only his game, but his character and dedication to improving, I’m not sure that anything could. Playing under his father, Greg McDermott, at Creighton, Doug has put the Blue Jays in the national spotlight once again.
However, for the sake of this column, the focus is not on McDermott’s magnificent college career, but rather why it would be safe, smart, and sensible for Sam Hinkie and the Sixers to at the very least do their due diligence when placing Creighton’s superstar on their big board.
For those that were either asleep or fell off the face of the planet for the past two weeks, it has become apparent that veteran forward Thaddeus Young does not stand a chance of being a part of the Sixers’ plans moving forward. With that said, someone has to play the power forward position, and for the sake of the team and its fans, let’s hope it’s not Brandon Davies.
McDermott is an intriguing prospect in terms of filling in the void that will eventually be left by the departure of Young. As of now, the Sixers’ offense is only effective at one speed, 150 miles per hour. For the team to sustain consistent production, they need to do a better job of scoring in their half court sets. If “Dougie McBuckets” didn’t give it away, McDermott can fill it up, and in various ways.
Not only is he a 6-foot-8, 225 pound forward that can shoot it out to three-point range, but he can score with his back to the basket, in face-up situations, off the catch, off the dribble, and now he has even perfected the Dirk Nowitzki one-legged fadeaway. Simply put, McDermott makes dropping 25 points look like a walk in Times Square. To demonstrate just how effective he has been this senior year, below are his per game averages.
26 points, 6.9 rebounds, 52.1% field-goal shooting, 44.3% 3-point shooting, 88.4% free-throw shooting
In addition to being a lethal scorer, his skill set perfectly compliments that of the clear center of the future, Nerlens Noel. Offensively, Noel is still raw, but it appears as though he is improving in that area during his extended rehabilitation. Regardless, Noel projects as more of a finisher and pick-and-roll threat that will hopefully develop a dependable post game. The two will rarely clash at that end of the floor.
In case you don’t buy the versatility of McPoints, there’s this.
Clearly, many teams will be interested in obtaining the services of McBuckets, and there is still time for his draft stock to continue to rise. Without speculating where he may be selected in the draft, Philadelphia could be a good fit for both parties. McDermott would get the opportunity to play in an expanded role immediately while the Sixers would be able to see exactly what they are going to get from a coach’s son.