NBA / Jul 14, 2014 / 11:00 am

Video: Doug McDermott Drops 31 In Summer League

Doug McDermott

Creighton’s four-year forward Doug McDermott was tentative in his first summer league game on Saturday night against the Clippers, but settled down on Sunday. Watch him drop 31 points on 5-of-9 shooting from deep against the Nuggets.

Doug was just 2-for-8 for 10 points — along with a respectable five boards and four assists — in 31 minutes of action in his debut. He admitted how “uptight” he was to Bulls.com’s Sam Smith in his first game, but the game “slowed down” for him some on Sunday.

“I was so excited for my first game, a little uptight. Today [Sunday], it slowed down. It felt like basketball. Back to normal.”

Here’s more from Sam on Doug’s first two contests in Vegas:

McDermott’s shot is smooth and true and looks like it’s going in every time he shoots it. It’s going to give Snell, for one, a lot of exercise as Snell is fond of leaping off the bench with arms raised whenever a teammate attempts and makes a three. It hasn’t been a frequent occurrence since Ben Gordon left. McDermott is seven of 14 on threes in the two games. And as important, McDermott is showing more game. He attacked the basket well Sunday after a more tentative outing in the first game and shot a dozen free throws. He is 16 of 17 from the line in the two games. And that’s with debut jitters.

“I feel shooting is my biggest strength right now,” acknowledged McDermott. “I’m trying to add things to my game every day. I feel I’m a lot more than a shooter. I feel I’m a complete player. Having a coach like Tom Thibodeau is only going to help me. The (NBA) game is more physical. I’m going to have to be more creative in how I get position. Coming off screens initially is going to help me the most.”

It’s always important to remember this is summer league, a far cry from the trials and tribulations many July standouts will fail to overcome when the real season begins (before the real season in the playoffs). Adam Morrison was a summer league stud, among others who washed out once the games that count began.

Still, Doug’s smooth stroke has to give Bulls fans something to be happy about. He’s knocked down 7-of-14 from deep in two games with one including the first-game jitters. For a Bulls team that finished in the bottom five in three-pointers made during the 2013-14 season, and 24th in three-point shooting percentage, that’s a good sign.

(Bulls.com; video via Dawk Ins)

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  • Onaje

    What I respect most about Doug McDermott is that he is aware of what he is and can be…NBA slices off so many aspects of players development to fit them in a role…as a player I love when guys do the work to make their own coaches respect their skillset enough to allow them to be basketball players and not just one trick guys who are disposable…

    He and Gary Harris have shown that their skills translate more than people thought given their draft positions…

    Shabazz Napier has too, but people are oddly hot and cold on him for reasons that make little sense to me…

  • 2cents

    Another well written response Onaje. I’ve also read a lot of articles labelling McDermott the next Adam Morrison (is it just cause he is white?), but it seems obvious McDermott has a broader skillset and work ethic. I’m happy Melo didn’t sign with the Bulls, as it should hopefully mean McDermott will be given enough minutes to produce.

  • Onaje

    Right I think it is just the high scoring white guy default response…but if those people paid attention they would’ve saw that McDermott has a much better post game…can be physical while still getting buckets and has an incredible motor that (to no fault of his own) Adam Morrison with the diabetes just couldn’t muster with consistency at this level.

    Where is Adam Morrison by the way…it’s not like the guy wasn’t a legit scorer…just not the athlete he needed to be to showcase it against guys who were faster than while still being 220+ pounds…