The Bulls traded for Doug McDermott to shoot. McDermott didn’t get the memo — not even after he put on a shooting clinic in summer league, scoring a game-high 31 points and shooting 5-for-9 from the three-point line.
“It’s much more physical in the NBA, so I’m going to have to be more creative with how I get position,” he said, via CSN Chicago, “and I think coming off screens initially is what’s going to help me the most.”
Generally, when you draft a shooter at 11th-overall, you implement him in your system as such. Boozer’s game is fading, perhaps at a rate that might warrant an amnesty clause. While Taj Gibson tore up the Wizards in the paint during the NBA Playoffs, it’s not exactly his operating zone. Who know, maybe McDermott could get some time down in the post.
He’s not a stranger to it. He was all peanut butter and jelly down there at Creighton. But as Mark Strotman of CSN Chicago says, “ It’s no longer Marquette’s best defender or help defense from Georgetown’s center; it’s Chandler Parsons, Paul George or Josh Smith defending, with Serge Ibaka, Larry Sanders or DeAndre Jordan coming weak side to help.” Life is about to get difficult for McDermott.
While reading into Summer League action is like paying too close attention to NFL preseason, the 6-foot-9, small forward has looked impressive and dynamic thus far. He seems to understand how to work with his young teammates. It’s just working with the veterans that matters.