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The offensive game of Doug McDermott

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The current leader in offensive rating for players who have used at least 28% of their team’s possessions is Creighton’s Doug McDermott at 127.2, as he has contributed 24.4 points per game as the Bluejays have started 7-0. McDermott is still somewhat under the national radar but he has shown he is one of the best offensive players in the nation early in the season, posting a true shooting percentage of 71.6%, 20th in the nation. He has a polished offensive game and can score in a variety of ways. As Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Eisenberg noted, he makes the game look effortless on the offensive end. 

In transition

While UNC’s Tyler Zeller is current holder of the best big man in transition title, McDermott can give him a run for his money. When Creighton gets a defensive rebound, McDermott immediately sprints for the opposite rim and often finds himself beating everyone down the floor. While Creighton does not have Kendall Marshall at point guard, they have capable distributors who can find McDermott ahead of the pack for the easy finish. This gives McDermott many easy baskets and illustrates how Creighton’s offense is running at a high level early in the season, as it currently ranks 10th in the nation in offensive efficiency.

3 point shooting

While McDermott is mainly an interior player, he has the ability to step outside and knock down the three point shot. He has shot 15-26 (57.6%) from beyond the arc in the first seven games of the season, which is the third most makes on the team. He usually spots up and shoots off the catch, rarely creating his own outside shot off the dribble. This makes him a difficult player to defend, as he stretches the defense as he forces them to guard him on the perimeter. Defenders are most worried about him getting the ball on the block but also need to pay attention when he steps behind the three point line.

Post Play

My favorite part of McDermott’s offensive game is his post play. At only 6’7″, he is not your typical big man post player, as he is a bit undersized, but he has shown he is quite comfortable on the block. The following video highlights two plays from the Nebraska game that show both his skill level and basketball IQ on the block. In the first play, Jorge Brian Diaz feigns a double team on the high side of McDermott. McDermott raises his eyes, surveys the defense, sees the double team coming and spins away from the second defender to nail the hook shot.

In the second play, he ducks under the defender at the last second, sealing him and taking him completely out of the play. This allows McDermott to have an uncontested layup and shows part of the reason why he is shooting 65.2% from 2′s this year, as he rarely allows himself to be blocked.

Creighton will be a contending team all season, so it’s time to get acquainted with McDermott and his offensive repertoire. He will be one of the top offensive players this season and he can hurt the opposition in a variety of ways.

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Written by Joshua Riddell

December 5, 2011 at 4:27 am

Posted in Player Breakdowns

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  1. Good breakdown. McDermott truly appears to be one of the most versatile offensive players in the country.

    Aside from his success at the collegiate level, I was also impressed with his production when he played on the U.S. in the U19 tournament. He was amongst the team’s leaders in points and rebounds, being as efficient as always on the offensive end, and was neck and neck with Jeremy Lamb for playing time as the two separated themselves from the rest of a pack that included Patric Young, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Kendall Marshall.

    Really the only somewhat negative thing I can say about his offensive game is that I would like to see him get to the line more. I understand why his style of play wouldn’t frequently earn him trips to the stripe, but how little he gets there stands out to me.

    WSF

    December 5, 2011 at 6:22 am

  2. After the unbelievable MacDermott play in the Bluejays’ Tulsa win, Tulsa coach Wojcik said it all. “MacDermott is a really, really, really good player!” And he was ill for that game!

    Nibot

    December 20, 2011 at 4:08 pm

  3. [...] you want a more complete look at Doug McDermott’s offensive skills, you can find a breakdown here. McDermott has many strengths but his post game may be his best feature. He is in the top 10% in [...]

  4. […] often seen on the block for the Bluejays, where was he one of the best post players last season (as well as his sophomore season). If defenses let him work 1 on 1, they are going to be grabbing the ball out of the net more often […]


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