Doug McDermott earns praise from Scottie Pippen after pair of dunks

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Doug McDermott has experienced something of a breakout spell in recent weeks as he enjoys increased playing time due to a number of injuries across the Chicago Bulls roster.

The second-year small forward is averaging over 13 points-per-game and 44.7 percent from three-point range - his calling card - so far in February.

High praise

It was, though, Dougie McBuckets' less-heralded side of his game, his dunking, that drew praise from franchise legend Scottie Pippen during the Bulls' Wednesday night game against the Washington Wizards.

After watching McDermott raise the roof at the United Center with explosive dunks on not one, but two occasions, Pippen took to social media to praise the former National College Player of the Year.

When an NBA Hall of Famer is taking time out to give you praise you must be doing something right, and McDermott's dunk over the Wizards' Markieff Morris, in particular, had the game's announcers in shock.

Stepping up

At 6 ft 8 inches tall, dunking is something McDermott is more than capable off. His powerful slams against Washington, however, showed a side of the 24-year-old's game that many - including Pippen - hadn't really seen before.

McDermott's two highlight-reel plays were part of a 14 point, five rebound night that helped the Bulls defeat the Wizards 109-104 despite a depleted roster available to head coach Fred Hoiberg.

Already without Joakim Noah (shoulder), Nikola Mirotic (appendicitis) and Jimmy Butler (knee), Chicago also had to contend with the absence of Derrick Rose who was a late scratch with hamstring tendinitis.

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