Is Doug McDermott an Underrated Pickup for the Pacers?

Is Doug McDermott an Underrated Pickup for the Pacers?

Doug McDermott and the Indiana Pacers have reportedly agreed to a three-year, $22 million contract, a move some Pacer fans are unsure about. Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard, however, plans to give the 26-year-old a chance to show what he can do.

McDermott was the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls. After his first two seasons, he has mostly been bouncing around the league, Making stops in Oklahoma City and New York before being traded mid-season to the Dallas Mavericks.

For his career, McDermott has averaged 7.9 points on 45.2% shooting, and 40.3% percent from three. During the 26 games he played with Dallas, he shot an impressive 47.8% and 49.4% from behind the arc. Despite the low number of games, that is a promising sign for the Pacers, a team looking to make a deeper push in the playoffs.

McDermott would find more consistent playing time in the blue and gold, coming off the bench to relieve Bojan Bogdonavic. He also brings the ability to spread the floor, allowing Sabonis to continue his presence in the paint. Lance Stephenson, whom the Pacers declined to re-sign as of now, shot an abysmal 28.9% from three this past season.

McDermott is a strong catch-and-shoot player. In fact, 72% of his shots come without him ever putting the ball on the floor. He can also find openings to the basket, and make the open pass when it presents itself.

The Pacers defense will have to help occasionally with more physical players on the young guard. This also means, at times Sabonis will have to make quick decisions on whether to stay on his man or guard the basket when McDermott is a step behind his opponent.

At just over $7 million per year, this leaves the door open for the Pacers to sign other free agents. It is also a good offensive upgrade for the bench, an area where they struggled from time to time.

Kevin Pritchard has made some outstanding moves in his short time with the team. Most have received negative feedback initially, notably the Oladipo-George trade. However, they have panned out near perfectly for the Pacers, and this could be another great pickup for them. Look for Indiana to make more moves now that free agency has officially begun.

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