During the NBA Scouting Combine Thursday, prospects were measured to get their official heights and weights. One player who will have his size discussed throughout the process is former Creighton Blue Jays’ forward Doug McDermott, who took home the Naismith Award as college basketball’s best player.
According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, McDermott’s measurements could do him a lot of harm.
When it came time to measure McDermott at the NBA’s draft combine Thursday, there was disappointment — he was only 6-foot-6.25 without shoes. That should put him at about 6-foot-7.5 with shoes (maybe slightly higher), below the 6-foot-8 at which he was listed by the Bluejays.
The bigger problem is that McDermott’s wingspan is only 6-foot-9.25, which puts him in the company of guards Dante Exum, C.J. Wilcox and Marcus Smart. McDermott is a poor defender, and there was already concern that he would struggle to find a role in the NBA because, as great a scorer as he is, it’s difficult to define his position. These measurements only firm up that worry.
McDermott averaged 26.7 points and 7.0 rebounds per game last season.