The tape measures were not kind to forward Doug McDermott, the reigning Naismith Player of the Year after a season at Creighton in which he averaged 26.7 points and shot 52.6 percent from the field. When it came time to measure McDermott at the NBA’s draft combine Thursday, there was disappointment — he was only 6-foot-6.25 without shoes. That should put him at about 6-foot-7.5 with shoes (maybe slightly higher), below the 6-foot-8 at which he was listed by the Bluejays. The bigger problem is that McDermott’s wingspan is only 6-foot-9.25, which puts him in the company of guards Dante Exum, C.J. Wilcox and Marcus Smart. McDermott is a poor defender, and there was already concern that he would struggle to find a role in the NBA because, as great a scorer as he is, it’s difficult to define his position. These measurements only firm up that worry. McDermott had moved up on most draft boards over the course of the season, even projected to be a Top 10 pick (he is No. 7 in our mock draft). That will probably change. McDermott might hold on to his status as a lottery player, but he is more likely to have slipped to the teens, now. “You know, it is beauty in the eye of the beholder, and if you think you can envision a role for him, then you would use a lottery pick on him, because he has so much talent,” one team executive told Sporting News. “But those numbers were not good. They were potentially disastrous. You really wanted to be able to play him at the 4 some, you know, to fake it in some small lineups. I don’t think you can even do that.” McDermott said that, eventually, he will be a power forward, but acknowledged that, for now, he is caught in between.
NBA predraft measurements: 'potentially disastrous' for McDermott, not so bad for Randle
Sporting News | May 16