Bulls: Fellow rookies high on Doug McDermott's NBA potential

Bulls: Fellow rookies high on Doug McDermott's NBA potential
August 6, 2014, 2:45 pm
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Mark Strotman

Doug McDermott's fellow 2014 NBA draft class believes the Creighton sharpshooter is going to be a real talent in the Association.

At the Rookie Photo Shoot last week in New York City, NBA.com polled 38 first-year players on eight different questions about this year's talented class. Thirty-nine different players received votes in the various categories, and players weren't allowed to vote for themselves, college teammates or current NBA teammates.

And of those eight questions, McDermott, the No. 11 overall pick in June's draft, received votes in five different categories, including (unsurprisingly) the most votes for being the best shooter in this year's class. Here's a quick look at how McDermott's peers voted for the sharpshooter.

Who will be the 2014-15 Rookie of the Year?

1. Jabari Parker, Milwaukee (52.8 percent)

T2. Doug McDermott, Chicago (8.3 percent)

T2. Andrew Wiggins, Cleveland (8.3 percent)

T4. Shabazz Napier, Miami (5.6 percent)

T4. Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia (5.6 percent)

T4. Elfrid Payton, Orlando (5.6 percent)

With Andrew Wiggins' future in Cleveland in doubt -- he'll almost certainly be part of a deal with Minnesota that sends Kevin Love to Minnesota -- the Chicago native Parker was the runaway favorite. Given the keys to the Bucks franchise, it's really Parker's award to lose as he takes over a Milwaukee team that won just 15 games a year ago. He's been billed as the most NBA-ready prospect and will get the minutes to pile up the stats to be considered a favorite for the award.

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McDermott joins a loaded Chicago team, and though he's the top outside shooter on the Bulls roster and may even start at small forward it'll be tough for him to earn the award as the fourth option on offense, valuable as he may be.

Which rookie will have the best career?

1. Jabari Parker, Milwaukee (45.9 percent)

2. Doug McDermott, Chicago (13.5 percent)

3. T.J. Warren, Phoenix (8.1 percent)

T4. Andrew Wiggins, Cleveland (5.4 percent)

T4. Zach LaVine, Minnesota (5.4 percent)

This is certainly high praise for McDermott from his peers, but he's off to an impressive start after a sparkling performance in the Las Vegas Summer League, where those voting got a chance to see him show off his entire offensive arsenal. Also the lone rookie with two years of USA Basketball experience under his belt, McDermott has a head start on some of his fellow rookies. The lack of votes for Wiggins, the top pick, is somewhat surprising, though the aforementioned uncertainty of where he'll be playing may have factored in.

Which rookie is being most overlooked?

1. Kyle Anderson, San Antonio (11.1 percent)

T2. Mitch McGary, Oklahoma City (8.3 percent)

T2. Glen Robinson III, Minnesota (8.3 percent)

T2. C.J. Wilcox, Los Angeles Clippers (8.3 percent)

T5. Gary Harris, Denver (5.6 percent)

T5. K.J. McDaniels, Philadelphia (5.6 percent)

T5. Doug McDermott, Chicago (5.6 percent)

T5. Andrew Wiggins, Cleveland (5.6 percent)

The rookies hit the nail on the head with Anderson, a sophomore from UCLA who doesn't necessarily do one thing great but does everything well. His lack of a true position won't be an issue in San Antonio (see: Boris Diaw in last year's NBA Finals) and he has plenty of upside.

[SUMMER LEAGUE: McDermott dazzles, drops 31 in Bulls win]

McGary missed most of his sophomore season at Michigan with a back injury but was one of the best freshmen in the country in 2012. McDermott won't be asked to do as much in Chicago as he would have on other lottery teams, which could have some overlooking his ability to shoot from the perimeter as well as an underrated offensive skill set.

Which rookie is the best shooter?

1. Doug McDermott, Chicago (39.5 percent)

2. Nik Stauskas, Sacramento (26.3 percent)

3. Joe Harris, Cleveland (13.2 percent)

T4. P.J. Hairston, Charlotte (5.3 percent)

T4. C.J. Wilcox, Los Angeles Clippers (5.3 percent)

No surprise here. As if McDermott's historically good shooting and scoring numbers at Creighton weren't enough, the Bulls rookie lit up the Summer League last month by averaging 18.0 points in four games on 44 percent shooting from beyond the arc. In most classes Stauskas would have finished first in this category; in two seasons at Michigan he shot 44 percent from deep and was widely regarded as the best shooter in the Big Ten.

Which rookie is the best playmaker?

1. Tyler Ennis, Phoenix (24.3 percent)

2. Kyle Anderson, San Antonio (18.9 percent)

3. Marcus Smart, Boston (13.5 percent)

T4. Dante Exum, Utah (5.4 percent)

T4. Doug McDermott, Chicago (5.4 percent)

T4. Shabazz Napier, Miami (5.4 percent)

T4. Elfrid Payton, Orlando (5.4 percent)

You'll notice that this list consists of all collegiate point guards, except one. McDermott isn't just a traditional spot-up shooter; his ability to move without the ball and hit from anywhere on the floor makes him a playmaker in a different sense than the floor generals on this list, but his inclusion is a hat-tip to him in that there's more to playmaking than just a pretty pass.

Note: It was interesting to see that no player listed Derrick Rose as his favorite NBA player, but that should change when this process is done next season after Rose has had a year back in the spotlight, both with Team USA and in Chicago.