NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Creighton F Doug McDermott
|05.29.14 at 9:00 am ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2014 NBA draft, here is one in a series of profiles of players who could be available to the Celtics when they make their two selections in the first round.
Weight: 218 pounds
Key 2013-14 stats: 26.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 64.4 TS%, 60.2 eFG%
Scouting report: With 3-point shooting becoming more and more valuable in today’s NBA, McDermott is coming into the league at the perfect time. He is the NCAA‘s fifth all-time leading scorer with 3,150 points, and much of that came due to his success from 3. McDermott has exceptional fundamentals and gets his shot off like a machine, whether it’s off the catch or the dribble.
McDermott has improved as a ball handler, and could absolutely make some noise by attacking the mid-range game after defenders close out hard on his 3-pointers. This is what could take him from a basic shooting role player to the next level as a versatile scoring threat. McDermott won’t fill it up on the post like he did in college, but he has the skills, touch and intelligence to make plays inside the arc.
But he’s not perfect. McDermott underwhelms defensively and athletically. He plays below the rim, which limits his inside scoring ability as well as his defensive potential. If he plays the 4, he won’t be much of a rim protector and he is only an average rebounder. But his lateral quickness must improve if he wants to be able to defend 3’s effectively. However, he’s terrific defending off-ball and almost always makes correct rotations, which means he’ll at least be a reliable team defender.
How he fits: Brad Stevens values players who can space the floor and shoot the 3, and no player in this draft does that better than McDermott. Taking him at sixth might be a little early, but if the Celtics trade down (or up from No. 17), he could be their pick.
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