Doug McDermott
Doug McDermott
29-Year-Old ForwardF
Indiana Pacers
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Injury Ankle
Est. Return 4/24/2021
2020 Fantasy Outlook
In his second season with Indiana, McDermott saw his minutes increase off the bench, as he set new career highs in several categories. The sixth-year NBAer out of Creighton did what he does best and drained threes at a blistering pace. His 10.3 points, 1.9 triples, 1.1 assists and 43.5 percent shooting from downtown were all the best marks of his career, and McDermott drained at least 40 percent of his threes for the fourth time in five years. McDermott has earned regular playing time in Indiana's rotation, and he should continue to see a healthy number of minutes off the bench in 2020-21. He's worth adding in the later rounds of fantasy drafts as a quality contributor in the shooting and three-point categories. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $22 million contract with the Pacers in July of 2018.
Personal Bio

Douglas Richard McDermott was born in 1992 in Grand Forks, North Dakota. He is the son of Greg and Theresa McDermott. McDermott played high school ball at Ames HS in Iowa, where he was teammates with fellow NBA veteran Harrison Barnes. McDermott helped lead Ames HS to back-to-back state titles. McDermott majored in marketing while playing his collegiate ball at Creighton, where his father was the head coach. McDermott loves to play golf and enjoys traveling. Follow McDermott on Twitter (@dougmcd3) and Instagram (@dougmcd03).

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One of collegiate basketball's transcendent talents, Doug McDermott spent four years (2010-14) at Creighton and dominated opponents with a shot that bordered on automatic. McDermott started all 39 games he played in as a freshman, averaging 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest. Those numbers made McDermott the first freshman since Wichita State's Cleo Littleton to be named First Team All-MVC and his 581 points were the most by a newcomer in Blue Jay history. McDermott launched himself into stardom as a sophomore, when he scored 22.9 points and collected 8.2 rebounds per game, capturing the CollegeInsider.com Lute Olson National Player of the Year award. McDermott was the first Creighton player ever to be named First Team All-American by Associated Press, USBWA, NABC and ESPN.com. He was even better as a junior, averaging a shade over 23 points per game for the Blue Jays, becoming the eighth player in league history to repeat as Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year. McDermott's numbers made him a finalist for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, as well as the Wooden and Naismith awards. McDermott's best year came as a senior, after Creighton made the move to the Big East Conference. He averaged 26.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.7 three-pointers per game, capturing both the Naismith and Wooden Awards for collegiate player of the year and repeating as Creigthon's Male Athlete of the Year. That season, McDermott led the nation in points, points per 40 minutes and points per game, and was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press, NABC, USBWA, Sporting News and NBCSports.com.

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FIndiana Pacers
Ankle
April 21, 2021
McDermott (ankle) is out Wednesday against the Thunder, Scott Agness of FieldhouseFiles.com reports.
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2019

Playing in his second season with the Pacers, McDermott appeared in 69 games, logging 19.9 minutes per contest. The former Creighton standout averaged a career-high 10.3 points per game, while adding 2.5 rebounds and a career-best 1.1 assists. The sharpshooter hit 48.8 percent of his field goals, a career-best 43.5 percent of his threes, and 82.8 percent of his free throws. McDermott also established new career marks in total three-point attempts (294) and makes (128), despite the truncated season. McDermott topped 20 points three times, including going for a season-high 24 points against the Nuggets on Jan. 19. He matched that total five days later against Golden State. In both games, McDermott drilled six three-pointers, establishing a new career single-game-high. In a Mar. 4 game against Milwaukee, McDermott set a new career-high with two steals in 19 minutes. He scored in double-figures in four straight games from Dec. 4 through Dec. 9 -- his longest streak of the season. When the season resumed in Orlando, McDermott appeared in all 12 of the Pacers' games, including all four playoff contests against the Heat. He notched a bubble-high 23 points in a seeding matchup against Miami on Aug. 14. In the playoffs, McDermott averaged 2.5 points and 0.8 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game.

2018

Having long ago established himself a lethal three-point specialists, Doug McDermott was his usual productive self from downtown during his first season with the Pacers. He finished the 2018-19 season having nailed 40.8 percent of his tries from deep, the third time in his first five NBA campaigns that McDermott has shot at least 40 percent from three. He also shot the highest mark of his career (49.1 percent) from the field in addition to hitting at least 83 percent (83.5) of his free throws for the third time in the past four years. McDermott began the year hot. He scored in double figures in four of Indiana's first five games, including draining 8-of-11 from downtown in a two-day stretch against Milwaukee and Brooklyn on Oct. 19 and 20. The Creighton product posted at least two three-pointers on 22 separate occasions throughout the course of the season. "McBuckets" finished with back-to-back 21-point efforts to help Indiana to wins in Utah and Phoenix on Nov. 26 and 27. For a player who is an efficient shooter, McDermott remains exceedingly reliable with the ball in his hands. He averaged just half a turnover a game last season. Through five NBA seasons, McDermott has never averaged more than 0.7 turnovers per contest. McDermott's Pacers finished with a record of 48-34 and lost to the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs. The sharpshooter has two more seasons remaining on his contract with Indiana.

2017

Doug McDermott was traded to the Knicks in the offseason and began the 2017-18 season as member of the New York Knicks. He played 55 games (one start) with the Knicks before being dealt to the Mavericks at the trade deadline in February 2018, notching 26 games (three starts) with the Western Conference franchise. During his 55-game tenure with the Knicks, McDermott averaged 7.2 points on 46.0 percent shooting while logging 21.3 minutes per game. His numbers improved in Dallas, where he averaged 9.0 points on 47.8 percent shooting and 22.9 minutes per game. In total, McDermott played 81 games and averaged 7.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. He had a good start to the season with the Knicks, as he scored in double digits twice in October and dropped 20 points in a win over the Hornets in early November. He tallied a season-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, in a win over the Hawks on December 10, 2017. He did not miss a beat once traded to the Mavs, as he scored in double digits in six of his first 11 games with the team, including a 20-point showing in a win on March 10 over the Grizzlies. He also had his best shooting month of the season in March, as he shot 56 percent from long range through the month.

2016

McDermott began the 2016-17 season as a member of the Bulls. With Chicago, he appeared in 44 games (four starts), averaging 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.3 three-pointers in 24.5 minutes. On Jan. 7, McDermott grabbed a career-best 10 rebounds, plus delivered 17 points, during a win over the Raptors. His career-high 31-point game with Chicago, which occurred Jan. 15 in a four-point win over the Grizzlies, was his best overall effort of the season. He shot 9-of-16 from the field, 3-of-6 from three and 10-of-11 from the charity stripe while also accumulating six rebounds, one steal and one block. On Feb. 23, he was traded from the Bulls to the Thunder. With Oklahoma City, he proceeded to appear in 22 games (one start), averaging 6.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 19.5 minutes. The Thunder finished the campaign 47-35, made the playoffs as the six seed in the Western Conference, but lost to the Rockets in five games during the First Round. McDermott appeared in each contest, averaging 5.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in 13.2 minutes. His best playoff effort was during a Game 2 loss. He posted 11 points (4-5 FG, 3-4 3Pt) and one rebound in 14 minutes.

2015

The 2015-16 campaign marked McDermott's second season in the league, and he appeared in 81 games for the Bulls, including four starts. Across 23.0 minutes per game, he averaged 9.4 points and 2.4 rebounds, which both represented career marks. He also shot career highs from the field (45.2 percent), from three-point range (42.5 percent) and from the charity stripe (85.7 percent). His three-point accuracy was the fifth best in the NBA, and he also boasted the NBA's seventh-lowest turnover percentage (7.2). In the process, he was able to accumulate new single-game career marks in points (30), rebounds (nine) and assists (four). One of his best performances of the season occurred March 14 during a two-point win over the Raptors. McDermott accumulated 29 points (9-11 FG, 4-5 3Pt, 7-8 FT), one rebound, one assist and one block in 37 minutes. It was one of his five 20-plus point outings and one of his six efforts with at least four made triples. Arguably, his best stretch of the season occurred from Feb. 19 through March 1. Across the six games, McDermott averaged 18.2 points on 55.3 percent from the field, 45.5 percent from three and 93.8 percent from the free-throw line, plus 2.7 rebounds in 28.2 minutes. Chicago's 42-40 mark ultimately left them just short of the playoffs, but McDermott's play was a positive for the franchise.

2014

After four years at Creighton, McDermott was selected with the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut with the Bulls during the first game of the season, Oct. 29 during a 24-point win over the Knicks. In 24 minutes, he posted 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt), five rebounds, two assists and one steal. However, a knee injury allowed him to appear in just 36 games in total, and he didn't see the court from Dec. 2 through Jan. 22. McDermott averaged 3.0 points and 1.2 rebounds in 8.9 minutes per game as he routinely came off the bench for Chicago. His single-game career highs were set at 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. McDermott also went 13-of-41 (31.7 percent) from beyond the arc during his rookie campaign. The Bulls finished the season 50-32, making the playoffs as the two seed in the Eastern Conference. After beating the Bucks in six games during the first round, Chicago lost in six games to the Cavaliers during the Conference Semifinals. McDermott played 10 playoff minutes and totaled five points, two rebounds and one assist.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2014
    Drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the 1st round (11th pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft and traded along with Anthony Randolph to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Gary Harris, Jusuf Nurkic and a 2015 2nd round pick.
  • July 22, 2014
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Chicago Bulls.
  • February 23, 2017
    Traded by the Chicago Bulls with Taj Gibson and a 2018 2nd round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow and Cameron Payne.
  • September 25, 2017
    Traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder with Enes Kanter and a 2018 2nd round draft pick to the New York Knicks for Carmelo Anthony.
  • February 8, 2018
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the New York Knicks to the Dallas Mavericks; the Mavericks traded Devin Harris to the Denver Nuggets; the Nuggets traded a 2018 2nd round draft pick to the Dallas Mavericks; the Nuggets traded Emmanuel Mudiay to the Knicks; and the traded a 2018 2nd round draft pick to the Denver Nuggets.
  • July 6, 2018
    Signed a three-year deal as a free agent with the Indiana Pacers.
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Over his first five seasons, McDermott hasn't come close to validating his status as the 11th overall pick of the 2014 draft. However, the sharpshooting wing has been an offensive asset off the bench and as an occasional starter for six different squads. He'll begin a second consecutive season with the same club, the Pacers, for the first time since he kicked off the 2016-17 campaign with the Bulls. McDermott cleared the 40.0 percent mark (40.8) from three-point range for the second straight season last year as part of a career-best 49.7 percent success rate from the floor. The 27-year-old did see his minutes tumble to their lowest point since his rookie 2014-15 campaign, as he averaged a modest 17.4 minutes across 77 contests overall. His playing time prospects don't appear to be appreciably better heading into the new season, either. While Bojan Bogdanovic did head west to Utah in free agency, the trio of T.J. Warren, Jeremy Lamb and Justin Holiday all arrived in Indiana via the same method. That once again projects to leave McDermott with minutes in the teens on many nights, and averages that could very well be in the neighborhood of the 7.3 points and 1.4 rebounds he averaged last season. McDermott has never offered any appreciable production outside of those two categories and in shooting percentages, so he'll overwhelmingly remain a deep-league consideration with long-shot chances of utility in shallower formats unless multiple injuries strike players in front of him.
McDermott split the 2017-18 campaign between the Mavericks and Knicks, combining to play 81 games between the two teams. He played particularly well with Dallas over the final 26 games of the season, averaging 9.0 points and shooting a superb 49.4 percent from three-point land. McDermott added 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists, but he's never been much of a contributor in the ancillary stat categories and the lack of production there wasn't anything out of the ordinary. While he was expected to receive plenty of interest as a free agent due to his floor-spacing ability, McDermott's offer from the Pacers likely blew away any others he may have received. The two sides ultimately agreed to a three-year, $22 million contract, which immediately raised some eyebrows as a potential overpay. Either way, McDermott now heads to Indiana where his contract indicates he should be a member of the regular rotation right away. He'll likely slot in behind Bojan Bogdanovic at small forward and should also see some time as a small-ball power forward as well, which should allow the 26-year-old to increase his workload by a few minutes after averaging 21.8 minutes last year. That said, even if McDermott does see an uptick in his playing time, his main contributions for Fantasy purposes will continue to be his three-point totals and percentages.
The league is still waiting on McDermott to prove himself worthy of rotational minutes, and the Bulls seemingly came to their own conclusion when they traded away the 25-year-old to the Thunder in February. His value is almost entirely wrapped up in his ability to stretch the floor as a power forward. He shot just 37 percent from behind the arc last season with Chicago and Oklahoma City -- only one percentage point above league average -- which is hardly good enough since it’s his only positive attribute as a player. On top of that, the former Creighton standout saw his opportunity for extended minutes decrease with the offseason additions of Paul George and Patrick Patterson, although McDermott still seems capable of reaching the 19.5 minutes he averaged with Oklahoma City last season despite his limited skill set and the new personnel.
McDermott followed up a quiet rookie season in which he appeared in only 36 games with a strong sophomore campaign. The former Creighton star logged 81 appearances, averaging 9.4 points and 2.4 rebounds per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the field. One of the most prolific shooters in college basketball in recent years, McDermott struggled from beyond the arc as a rookie (31.7%) but rebounded to shoot 42.5 percent from beyond the arc on 3.2 attempts per game last season. That's the kind of marksmanship the Bulls expected when they selected McDermott with the 11th overall pick in the 2014 draft. At this point in his development, McDermott is more of a three-point specialist than anything else, and there's where most of his fantasy value will come. He doesn't do enough as a rebounder or playmaker to bring considerable value, but McDermott's proficiency from deep, on what should be an increased volume this season, makes him worth a late-round consideration.
The Bulls traded up in last year's draft to grab McDermott as they desperately needed to add some shooting to their roster. However, McDermott's rookie season was largely marred by a knee injury that limited him to only 36 games. He finished the season averaging 3.0 points, 1.2 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.1 steals, and 0.4 three-pointers in nine minutes per game. Although he is known for his three-point shooting, McDermott hit only 32 percent from behind the arc. The Bulls roster is largely unchanged from last season, but McDermott might be able to carve out a larger role this season if he can stay healthy. New coach Fred Hoiberg is expected to run a faster offense than coach Tom Thibodeau did last season, and he might implement some smaller lineups, possibly creating more opportunities for McDermott. His game is similar to that of fellow shooting guard/small forward Mike Dunleavy who just re-signed with the team for three years, so McDermott is going to have to make some significant strides on both ends of the court to get more playing time.
One look at what Chicago gave up to get McDermott in this summer's draft speaks volumes about what the organization thinks of the former Naismith Award winner. Chicago gave up two 2014 first-round picks in addition to a 2015 second-rounder. McDermott spent four years at Creighton polishing his impressive offensive repertoire and now looks to translate his scoring prowess to the pros. In his senior season, he averaged 26.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.2 steals, and 0.1 blocks in 34 minutes per game. A frequent victim of double-teams and defensive focus, McDermott was still able to put together his most productive college season. The pick appears to make complete sense for the Bulls, who have lacked a scoring punch without Derrick Rose on the court. McDermott's value largely stems from his ability to shoot the rock. In his four years at Creighton, he shot 46 percent from deep. The Bulls, perhaps more than any other team in the NBA, could use another deep threat. Chicago ranked dead last in team scoring last season and 23rd in three-point percentage. As much as McDermott may struggle defensively, Thibodeau can't ignore the team's offensive impotence for another season. There should be enough stoppers to mask the rookie's weaknesses and allow him to contribute some major minutes for this Bulls team. Fantasy owners should practice patience in attempting to gauge exactly what kind of value McDermott provides, especially as a rookie. If he can continue to shoot it like he did in college, it could pay big dividends, particularly in head-to-head leagues that value three-point shooting.
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Questionable again Wednesday
FIndiana Pacers
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April 20, 2021
McDermott (ankle) is listed as questionable Wednesday against the Thunder.
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Will play Monday
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April 19, 2021
McDermott (ankle) will play Monday against San Antonio.
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Questionable again
FIndiana Pacers
Ankle
April 19, 2021
McDermott (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Spurs.
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Ruled out Sunday
FIndiana Pacers
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April 18, 2021
McDermott (ankle) will not play Sunday against the Hawks, Brad Rowland of PeachtreeHoops.com reports.
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Still uncertain for Sunday
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April 18, 2021
McDermott (ankle) is a game-time decision for Sunday's game against Atlanta, Tony East of the West Indianapolis Community News reports.
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