The Chicago Bulls have been publicly chasing prolific scoring stars this off-season, including Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love, but they could have snagged one of the most promising scorers in the NBA Draft last night.
Just minutes after being drafted by the Denver Nuggets, Doug McDermott was traded to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for both of the Bulls first round picks. The Bulls have likely been planning this move for a while because they noticed his scoring ability and history in college.
McDermott ended his college career for Creighton with the fifth most points in NCAA Division I Basketball history, and that certainly caught the eye of the Bulls. The Bulls had one of the NBA's worst offenses last season, and despite making it to the playoffs, were severely limited by their inability to score the basketball.
McDermott represents a player that can not only help out the Chicago Bulls team with his knack for scoring, but also with his intangible qualities such as hustle and defensive effort. These intangibles are what the Bulls are known for, which makes him almost a perfect fit in the Chicago squad.
The only setback in McDermott's game is his slight lack of athletic ability, as he does not move quite as fast as an effective scorer in the NBA should, but that can be improved with coaching and training. Another setback that relates to his athletic ability is his defensive capability. The Bulls likely overlooked this because they know that they have one of the best defensive minded coaches in the NBA, who could most likely boost him into a capable defender.
It is also likely that the Bulls made this trade so that they could send him off to Minnesota or New York in order to make their pitches to Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love more attractive, which would also benefit the Bulls greatly by adding a proven NBA scorer in exchange for a promising youngster. This could also allow the Bulls to hold on to Taj Gibson, who was a highly regarded candidate for sixth man of the year last season.
Regardless of where he ends up, this move highly benefits the Bulls, and adds some strength to their team. His shooting ability is slightly reminiscent of ex-Bulls player Kyle Korver, who also played for Creighton. Korver was a very efficient and loved player on the Bulls, and is now known as one of the best shooters in the NBA.
McDermott was also recognized as one of the most NBA-ready talents in this years draft, making him a good fit for the Bulls team that wants to make a run at a championship this season.
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