In a match up between the guy many Bulls fans wanted [and who was directly traded away] vs the guy they got, Bulls management so far, again, looks smarter than the rest of us.
I have no shame in admitting it. I was a Gary Harris guy. I thought we needed someone who could create off the dribble. Hell, I still think we need someone who can create off the dribble. I'll also throw out there the caveat that this is only summer league, and well summer league isn't historically a good indicator for pretty much anything.
That said, Doug McDermott sure looked like a bad ass last night didn't he? So time will tell whether Bulls fans were right or wrong, but I'm jumping on the Doug McDermott bandwagon early. Give me Douggie McBuckets over Gary Harris (who I still think will also be a fine player).
Many Bulls fans will look at this off-season and say we didn't fill the need of a secondary dribble creator. I'd agree. However, the Bulls definitely did plenty to improve one of the worst offenses in the NBA last season. McDermott can shoot, and he looks like he's going to be a very good weapon against opposing defenses.
After a dominant first game, Tony Snell scored 23 points but on 9/22 shooting in his second game. The good news? He was 5/12 from beyond the arc for another solid three point shooting night. Snell's now a combined 10/19 from beyond the arc in summer league, and if his shot really has improved then he'll have a shot at cracking the rotation and playing some minutes or will at least be a solid break glass [if an emergency] player.
Last year, I harped on Snell significantly saying that he was a guy who didn't deserve to be in the NBA. I'm not backing off that just yet, but I see a little light at the end of the tunnel. However, let's not forget that Marquis Teague looked awfully good in summer league last year too.
However, what's really interesting are...
Doug McDermott observations
McDermott isn't going to suck defensively.
He actually has kind of sucked defensively so far, but he hasn't sucked because he's slow. He's sucked because he plays too much help defense and drifts too far from his man. Right now it's a coaching issue. I've actually been fairly impressed with his lateral quickness and defensive speed so far.
Much like Nik Stauskas said when asked why people think he's a bad defender, his response was "I'm white and a shooter, there's stereotypes". I think the same may end up being true for McDermott. I don't expect him to be a bad ass defensive guy or a lock down guy, but he looks fitter than when he was in college and doesn't look like he'll be a horrendous defensive liability.
McDermott is in no way shape or form a four. However, he might be a two.
I know many of you would have never considered him a four anyway, but I've seen plenty of posts on realgm about him possibly playing the four in a small ball lineup. No. McDermott looks like he's Tony Snell's height when standing next to him but has shorter arms. Tony Snell can play PF before McDermott could.
That said, McDermott definitely looks like he can play some shooting guard to me. His natural position will likely be small forward, but he looks a lot like Kyle Korver in his size on the court and will likely be used similarly.
Whether we call him a two or a three, the Bulls will likely mostly play him with Snell and Butler, and either way he'd likely guard the weaker perimeter player whoever that was.
McDermott is very decisive, reminds me of Korver
Kyle Korver once told me in an interview that part of his role is to apply pressure to the defense by always keeping things moving. He said I'm going to get the ball and shoot, get the ball and immediately pass, or get the ball and take one to two dribbles on a fake then shoot or pass. I'm never going to hold the ball.
McDermott largely plays similarly. He uses his dribble more than Korver, and he also sets up in the post which Kyle would never do, however, more so than most players, McDermott wastes very little time on the shot clock. He's got a lightning quick release if he's open, and he's going to fire immediately in that case regardless.
If not, he's shown that he'll make quick pass outs, or immediately put the ball on the floor and try to make something happen. He definitely looks to run the give and go frequently with quick passes, and he moves around quite a bit off the ball too.
McDermott's going to constantly apply pressure to the defense with his style of play.
Unlike Adam Morrison, McDermott can shoot
So the downside comparison to McDermott has always been Adam Morrison, but that's not going to happen. He's way more athletic than Morrison and his shot is a bajillion times better. I don't know what his downside as a player is, but it's not going to be someone who's shot didn't translate.
We'll see how Doug finishes up the summer, but I've gone from a "wait and see" to an "excited to see" what happens with Doug McDermott.
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