Mar 21, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Creighton Bluejays forward Doug McDermott (3) drives against Louisiana Lafayette Ragin Cajuns guard Elfrid Payton (2) in the first half of a men's college basketball game during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Hornets Draft Profile: Doug McDermott


The NBA Draft is quickly approaching, and with that comes the hype. The buzz surrounding Charlotte this offseason is a big topic right now, as the Bugs look to expand on their success from last season. The question is who will bring that change come June. Here we will take a look at the best options for the Charlotte Hornets as we kick off our Draft Profile series.

 

Doug McDermott

 

 

Strengths:

 

Instant Offense:

Of all the prospects in the draft, McDermott is the best guy for pure offense. Even Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins are not as mature as Dougie McBuckets is when it comes to scoring opportunities. The Creighton product averaged 26.7 PPG last season for his college squad, good enough for best in the NCAA. It also led him to being awarded the Wooden Award.

McDermott gives whoever drafts him a for sure go-to weapon on offense. Whether that is a number one option or a number three option is yet to be determined.

 

Efficiency:

McDermott had, according to DraftExpress’s mock draft, the highest PER (player efficiency rating) of all 60 prospects. That makes a huge difference in the mind of NBA general managers. Internationalsportshub.com’s Hank Stichter said the following about McDermott’s efficiency:

Dougie McBuckets, as some call him, earned that nickname by three straight 20+ ppg scoring seasons, all in which he shot well over 50%. He doesn’t force shots and it shows, but he still has the IQ to figure out how to score even when he is tightly guarded.

McDermott shot 52.6 percent from the field last season, so that figure is obviously attractive to most teams drafting for offense this year.

Having a guy who you can count on to create and make shots is a luxury that will draw teams toward Doug McDermott.

 

 

Three Point Shooting:

The final part of McDermott’s game that makes him an attractive prospect at number nine is his ability to kill it from range. McDermott shot 40.2, 48.6,49.0, and 44.5 percent from downtown in each of his seasons at Creighton, respectively.

McDermott is one of the best overall shooters in the draft, competing with Nik Stauskas and Gary Harris for the top three point shooter label.

 

Weaknesses:

 

Passing:

While McDermott is a great offensive prospect, he does have one key weakness. He averaged just 1.6 assists per game his junior/senior years at Creighton, and that figure was even lower in his freshman and sophomore years.

Adding a guy who could possibly get sticky with the ball and try to do it all for the offense may not be the thing that GMs want from their draft pick. If McDermott can’t adjust to not being the number one option on offense, of which he was in his time at Creighton, he turns into a huge liabilty.

Nobody wants another Jimmer Fredette situation, do they?

Position / Athleticism:

McDermott stands at 6’8″ and 218 lbs. While those figures are good for an NBA prospect, they also provide some risk for the team drafting him. McDermott is a big guy who’s athleticism is not on par with fellow prospects like Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker or other notable small forwards in the association like Rudy Gay, Carmelo Anthony, and especially LeBron James.

McDermott would struggle mightily at the small forward position, frantically trying to guard those guys. If he was plugged in at power forward, he would easily be bullied by guys like David West, Chris Bosh, and Taj Gibson in the eastern conference.

His position really depends on his athleticism, so he leaves teams with a huge question mark as to where he would plug into their lineups.

 

How He fits in Charlotte:

McDermott has his risks, but he ultimately gives Charlotte a weapon they have never had – a deadeye shooter.

Even if McDermott was relegated into a bench role or just a spot up shooter at the small forward position, he still manages to stretch the floor for Kemba Walker and big Al Jefferson. He is a huge upgrade over the disappointing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and would actually give Charlotte 5 starters who can play offense.

His three point shooting would compliment Gary Neal’s skills nicely, giving Charlotte true weapons on the perimeter.

If Charlotte holds on to MKG, then the position issue would be easily fixed by playing MKG on stars like Melo and LBJ and playing McDermott on less athletic forwards like Danilo Gallinari. Also, Steve Clifford would likely be able to fix McDermott’s inability to pass the ball in the first few practices, as Clifford is all about ball movement.

Overall, McDermott is a great fit in Charlotte and his pros greatly outweigh his cons. Still, his risks are sizeable, and I’m not sure if GM Rich Cho or owner Michael Jordan would be willing to use their sole lottery pick on such a risky product.

 

 

Stats and numbers via DraftExpress

 

 

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  • Reggie G

    This is absurd, so if we draft at #9, with hopefully our last lottery pick we have sit our best defender. I like him but he is a sixth man if he can not defend or assist. That’s not a smart lottery pick in this draft for us.
    MKG has not shown a jumper but he is the linchpin of our defense with slow Al and little Kemba. The key improvement of the team last year was defense and this pick per the article guts that….

    • D ZI

      Reggie, I was thinking that if Charlotte truly hopes to become a contender, we need to add quality players at each position. At #9 in the lottery, we are not going to get jabari parker, or Wiggins, or embiid, so we should look at all options. Our big splashes will be in free agency where we can pursue more guys like chandler Parsons and Greg Monroe – you can see my article on our options in free agency on swarm and sting. For the draft, we should go for best available and look to improve in every category. McDermott gives us that improvement. – Daniel Zimmermann, author of article

      • Reggie G

        I agree with the premise of best available. I disagree that Doug is the consensus as the best available, or that we even know who will be available to make that argument. In my years watching the draft someone always drops (see recent news of Randle foot surgery). Charlotte sits at the catch position of drafting whoever has the highest upside and filling needs with FA.
        And, I think our defense would be severely affected if MKG is sitting while Doug is on the floor. I know his defense is suspect and that was against Creighton opponents.
        I also know that rookies are not likely to start for a playoff team so with those two caveats we are in position to draft for pure potential (swing for the fences) to get any position that might develop into a high caliber starter in the future. That is my desire not necessarily the FO or MJ’s.
        To be a contender we will need an all star caliber player, preferably home grown to assist this team. I have not seen anyone project Doug to that role. If MJ and team see it then I humbly will support Doug, but all the sites I have seen say he is at best a shooter which I see better filled with part of a mid level deal FA who would help this year.
        As a question: We might score more but who do you see Doug defending of the teams the Hornets will face?
        Thanks for the responses……

        • D ZI

          I definitely agree that his defense will be a liability and we will sacrifice some of our defense for offense with this pick, but McDermott provides us something that cannot be had in free agency – a cheap, young, highly decorated shooter.
          Honestly, I would prefer the likes of James Young, Zach LaVine, or Nik Stauskas over McDermott, just because I see them developing into starters and perhaps stars.
          I just hope that MJ realizes that just because we reached the playoffs this year does not mean we are a contending team. I don’t want to trade this pick for a Luol Deng type player because I feel we are sacrificing youth for wins now. A lineup of Kemba Walker, Luol Deng, and Al Jefferson + pieces is not going to win any titles soon. We do not want to get trapped in mediocrity like the Hawks and Nuggets have found themselves in the last few seasons. We need to look for a true superstar, as MJ said. But, whose to say that superstar cannot be found in the draft? Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and Serge Ibaka were not bought in Free Agency, rather they were taken in the lottery.
          I would love to discuss this further with you Reggie!

          • Reggie G

            It sounds like we agree on the goals of this year ,and the franchise in general. I agree with the names you mentioned more than Doug, who I worry about defensively. I would love to discuss in detail your observations.

          • D ZI

            I just finished a draft profile on Nik Stauskas. Do you think he is our best fit?