Mar 23, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Creighton Bluejays forward Doug McDermott (3) shoots over Baylor Bears guard Kenny Chery (1) during the game in the third round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2014: The 76ers Need To Draft Doug McDermott

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The Philadelphia 76ers, as all of us know, own the third pick in this years upcoming NBA Draft. That third pick will be debated between three or four players before the draft starts: Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins, Dante Exum, and Joel Embiid. And as the night begins on June 26th the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Milwaukee Bucks will make the decision for the 76ers shrink from four players to two, and as a lot of the draft experts suggest, it will either be Embiid or Parker for the 76ers in the third spot.

We can argue which player would fit best with the 76ers, as this is a franchise-defining moment for Philadelphia. But that is not what I am here to discuss. I am here to talk about the 76ers next draft pick, the 10th pick of the NBA Draft, which they received the rights to in the Jrue Holiday trade to the Pelicans last year. This NBA Draft is deep with a lot of talent this year, something that the NBA has not seen in quite some time. It’s not the draft of 2003, which tallied eight All-Stars in the first two rounds, headlined by LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. In that draft there were also solid veterans such as David West, Chris Kaman, Mo Williams, Kirk Hinrich, Boris Diaw. With the 51st pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, selected by the then New Jersey Nets, and his draft rights traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, Creighton Blue Jay, Kyle Korver.

October 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks small forward Kyle Korver (26) is interviewed during media day at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Korver spent four and a half seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, before being traded to the Utah Jazz at the trade deadline of 2007-2008 season. He spent four years at Creighton University, becoming the sixth leading scorer in school history, and a Wooden Award Finalist. Kyle Korver just finished his 12th season in the league, and now owns the NBA record for making at least one three-pointer in 127 games in a row, surpassing Dana Barros record, who made a three in 89 consecutive games. With the exception of his rookie year, when he was not receiving much playing time, the following three years Korver hit 100 plus three-pointers in each season. Since his departure, the Sixers have only had three players total eclipse the 100 mark. Jodie Meeks, Dorrell Wright, and this past season James Anderson. But they haven’t had that solid go to shooter since Korver left. And it has impacted the success of this team.

The Sixers were 19th last season in three-pointers made, and dead last in three-point percentage, including the Rookie of the Year, Michael Carter-Williams, setting an NBA record for worst three-point percentage in a season of all time with at least 150 attempts. This is something that the Sixers need to take a serious look at with the 10th pick in this years draft. Having a shooter that you can go to, opens up the floor, and the lanes for Carter-Williams, and takes pressure off him as a point guard, as he clearly tried to shoot his way out of misery from three last year. If you have someone around the perimeter that can make that jumper when relied upon, it does so much for a team offensively.

The reason that I brought up Korver was not only to point out that the Sixers have not had a go to shooter since him, but also to stick with the Creighton Blue Jays that had already done so much for the Sixers behind that three line, and to really think about taking Doug McDermott with that 10th pick. If you look at the top mock drafts right now, about half of them have McDermott going to either the Sacramento Kings with the 8th pick, or the Charlotte Hornets at the 9th pick.  However, if he is not taken there, the other half of the mock drafts don’t even have him in the top 15, which means if the Kings and Hornets pass on him, which is very possible, he would be there for the Sixers to take.

Now I know some of you would say that if you are going to go the route of a shooter, you would rather have Nik Stauskas from Michigan. But in his two years at Michigan, he made 80 and 92 three-pointers respectively. McDermott made 77 and 96 in his final two years at Creighton. And the other big difference between these two players is that Stauskas is just a shooter, a very pure shooter, who will spot up behind the arc, and knock down a couple of threes a game for you. McDermott can do so much more for your team.

McDermott, as I stated before a Blue Jay, who is a Wooden Award winner, and the all-time leading scorer at Creighton University. He averaged 26.7 points per game, and 7.0 rebounds per game, while making nearly three 3′s a game. He single handily brought the Creighton Blue Jays to the dance last year. He is such a versatile player that many experts have related his rugged style of play to future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki. He has that arching fade on his shot, and can shoot from anywhere on the court. He can also back you down, and rebound for you. If you look at Kyle Korver’s stats at Creighton, and then Doug McDermott they are very similar, with McDermott just better in every category. In Korver’s four seasons at Creighton he averaged 14.1 points per game, 5.2 rebounds, 2.9 three-pointers per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from beyond the arc. In McDermott’s four seasons at Creighton he averaged 21.7 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, 1.9 three-pointers per game, while shooting 45.8 percent from beyond the arc. Meaning that he made less three-pointers per game, (while also attempting more than two less per game) but also scored seven plus more points per game, meaning he can score in many other facets.

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Some of you will say that his college game will not transfer to the NBA, and you might be right, initially. But he will be working with very good coaches wherever he goes, and will learn and adjust. Don’t forget he is 6-foot-8, so he is a big body. And if all does fail, their is one thing that will transfer and that is his knockdown shooting, because you do not forget how to shoot with the change from college to NBA. So he will always have that shot, which is what the Sixers should be looking at for that 10th pick.

This is exactly what the Philadelphia 76ers need. They are going to get their potential star with the third pick, whether it be Wiggins, Parker, or Embiid. And if its Embiid it is a big mistake, but that is a topic for another day. But then at 10 they need that shooter that they have not had since Korver, who can rack up rebounds, which is another area that they have struggled in at times. McDermott can turn into a star in this league just like Dirk did. And if he is passed up at eight and nine, and he is there for the taking at 10, it would be a shame, and a mistake by Sam Hinkie and the 76ers organization if they passed on Doug McDermott.

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  • Kevin Herman

    Stauskas is more then just a shooter as well He also averaged more then .3 steals per game. I like McDermott but its a red flag to me his dismal steal and block rates. I think it depends on who you draft. If they take Parker I wouldn’t be comfortable taking McDermott. If you take Parker I would go with a traditional 2 like Gary Harris or Stauskas or a defensive minded forward like Aaron Gordin if he is available.. Embiid or Wiggins I could see taking McDermott because those two are defensive forces and could cover up for Doug’s deficiencies in that department.

    • Ryan Calpin

      But I think that he can be worked with to improve his defense, and I just think that McDermott’s offensive potential is so high. With the amount of draft picks the Sixers have they can draft defense to protect his dismal defense, as you would say. And like you said if they get Wiggins or Embiid he will already be protected before they pick at No. 10. Overall I just think his offensive arsenal far outweighs his defensive liabilities. The NBA is not a defensive league, if he can score, he will be on the floor.

      • martin

        You’re forgetting that the nba is saturated with world class athletes. Not just athletes, but freaks! McDermott wont be able to do anything but shoot if he is lucky. You compared him to Dirk but Dirk has 6 inches on him because he was actually measured at 6’6 at the combine. McDermott isn’t quick enough to play the 2 in this league and isn’t tall enough to play the 3. Gary Harris would be a much better pick at 10 without taking a gamble. With Harris you get a versatile scorer who is athletic and a great defender.

        • Ryan Calpin

          For me, I am not sold on the fact that Harris’ offensive talents will transfer to the NBA. He was streaky sometimes in college, and I think he is a mid-to-late first round pick, not a lottery pick. When I said he was like Dirk I was not saying he would be as dominant in this league as the future Hall of Famer, I was just saying his game style is somewhat similar in the way he shoots, and can get his shot on the floor.

      • Alex Rey

        Well if you get Parker you’d have no need for McDermott’s offense. Plus he and wiggins are both SF like McDermott. So how is his defensive liability protected if by taking Wiggins if they most likely won’t see many minutes together? Also you said he was better in ever stat than Korver but that’s just false. Korver actually had more steals and blocks in a single season than Doug did his whole 4 year career! I agree you can improve defense above all things but his complete lack of steals and blocks shows his lack of athleticism and defensive awareness. Don’t think he’ll be more than a specialist in the NBA but don’t get me wrong he can shoot.

        • Ryan Calpin

          When I mentioned every stat better than Korver I was focusing on the offensive side of the ball. I am not disagreeing with anyone when they say he has defensive problems, I just think, like I said that in the NBA his offensive potential will overmatch his defensive problems. As for his position I think he will have to be plugged in for some match-ups that would benefit him, and some match ups, he would have to play less, because, right now, they are not favorable to him.

          • Alex Rey

            I completely agree that his offensive game is great. He’s just so 1 dimensional and i think they’ll like some1 else alot better with that pick. Plus they had Hollis Thompson last season and i think they really liked him and will resign him.He has such a beautiful shot if you seen him play. Plus he’s athletic and plays hard and can play D. He’s a “Glue guy” much like Thabo for the Thunder. But hey don’t get me wrong they could def use MCbuckets and i wouldn’t be too disappointed with that pick. I trust w/e Hinkie’s judgement and w/e he decides. oh n BTW Hollis lead them in 3pt% last season

  • RC5000

    Don’t like your overall view they should draft McDermott and not take Embiid. That’s probably the best case for taking McDermott if they end up taking Embiid because you’d have tremendous defensive potential upfront which might enable McBuckets to be a starter.
    I know the argument is if the first two teams pass on Embiid, that means his back is bad but I don’t know if that’s the case since the alternatives to Embiid are Wiggins and Parker . To me the Sixers tanked to get players at Parker, Wiggins, Embiid levels. There are arguments for Exum and Vonleh but it will be tough to get excited about anyone but the third player of the top 3. I do think there is risk with Embiid but in the NBA today you have to take chances to seriously contend. There is also no guarantee Noel doesn’t have issues either. It’s scary to take Embiid but it’s also scary to pass on him. I do hope the Sixers get the opportunity to check out Embiid’s medicals though.

    • Ryan Calpin

      This article does not really focus on the Embiid pick…yet. My next story will talk all about why I think it would be a poor decision for the Sixers to draft him, due to the fact that he is a lesser version of Nerlens Noel, who like you said also is no guarantee. I am hoping that they get to choose between Parker and Wiggins for that third pick because those are the only two in this draft that I can see being able to turn around a franchise and be the face of that franchise. But “McBuckets” can be huge for this team as I talked about. The Sixers have so many draft picks, that I think they can worry about his defense later, and draft defense later. You don’t have many loaded offensive players like McDermott in this draft.

  • Bill Biffel

    Ryan, first off, most experts have Embiid as number 1 on the big board for both the Cavs and Bucks. There is a slim to none chance he will be around at 3 which will leave the sixers with Jabari or Andrew. That being said, I also like Stauskas at 10. He’s younger, quicker, and much more explosive than Doug. No question McDermott can score but I’d argue he’s maxed out his offensive potential. My pick would be for Stauskas or James Young.

    • Ryan Calpin

      Stauskas and James Young are one dimensional players, that I think you know exactly what you can get out of them. I think their is a certain question mark on exactly what McDermott can do, making him a little bit of a mystery pick, and in my opinion worth it at No.10.

      • Bill Biffel

        Both can defend and score. How are they one-dimensional? Stauskas can attack the basket better than Dougie because he’s quicker. Obviously, McDermott’s offensive stats are off the charts but it was against worse competition and he’s got 2/3 years on these guys. Drafting a freshman or sophomore seems to fit this team’s plan better. I respect your opinion but thankfully for my stance, it doesn’t look like McDermott will be around at 10.

  • Coach J

    I believe the Sixers won’t stand pat at #10. I think they might try and move up with that pick. Package Thad and swap with a Utah to take a Vonleh. I prefer Jabari, but take your pick between him and Wiggins. If they can get a Vonleh, then you have a frontline of Noel, Vonleh, and either Parker or Wiggins to go along with MCW. It’s wishful thinking, but that would take us out of the McDermott talks, but I see your points regarding his shooting ability. #10 might be high for a one dimensional player. Critics are concerned about Jabari playing against length, what would they say about McDermott, and Jabari is much more athletic than him. Is a Keith Van Horn, Mike Dunleavy, Kyle Korver or even Jimmer Fredette type player worth a #10 pick in this draft? McDermott needs to go to a team where at least one person commands a double team. That’s why I think Wiggins is not the pick at #3 because you can play him straight up. Parker and Embiid and even Vonleh and Randle you might have to double down on those players, which then opens it up for a shooter. The other way to open up shooting lanes is to have an unguardable point guard who gets in the lane at will (Westbrook, Paul, Rondo, Kyrie, Tony Parker) and opens up shooting lanes. MCW gets in the lane using his length to shoot over people. Speaking of Tony Parker and the Spurs, where Brown came from, Danny Green, and the rest of those shooters don’t get those looks if it wasn’t for Duncan, Parker, and Ginoballi. Post presence and a speedy point. The Sixers have to find their 3 headed monster first, and the #10 pick gives us the flexibility to find another piece to pair with MCW.

    • Ryan Calpin

      Everything you are saying has a lot of “what ifs”. In my situation I was talking about the No.10 pick straight up. Now everything you said is very true about Danny Green and needing a speedy point guard and a post presence. I think and and hoping that MCW and Noel can be that 1-2. Not a great 1-2, but a 1-2 nonetheless. And in that situation you also have Thad who can hurt you, and you have to worry about McDermott. I just think having that shooter on your team really helps your team, and hurts the other team in defensive schemes. Embiid we don’t need, and I will write more on that later in the week. Between Parker and Wiggins, neither of them will need to be doubled right away in the league. But as they hone their skills more and more over the year and seasons to come, either one of them can be a force to reckon with. Which in time would create a double team and in time make McDermott even more dangerous. If you are trying to build a winning team for the future, it doesn’t come right away, they need to choose pieces that will be beneficial for them for years to come, and I think McDerrmott, and Wiggins/Parker, can really be a step forward towards that ultimate goal.

    • Alex Rey

      I believe also that they’d like to move up to get Vonleh or Randle, but not Gordon BC imo he’s like Thad 2.0. It’d be pointless. Plus i don’t think they are gonna trade Thad BC he’s their only veteran player and you need at least one of those guys on your team to be a leader. You can’t have a team with all rookies basically. Plus I think trading Thad and #10 is way too much value you’re giving up.You have to look at it logically and ask is Thad alone better than whoever you’re gonna draft? I think he is tho obviously Vonleh and Randle have potential to be better but how much better and how long will it take them to be better than Thad.