Well the Bulls didn’t get Kentucky’s Julius Randle, as he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers. However, instead the Bulls traded for college basketball’s Player of the Year, sharp shooter, Doug McDermott from Creighton.
The Bulls traded their 16th and 19th picks to the Denver Nuggets for the rights to McDermott, and backup Forward, Anthony Randolph. Denver then drafted Bosnian Center, Jusuf Nurkic, at No.16, and Michigan State, Shooting Guard, Gary Harris with the 19th pick.
McDermott, who is a 6-foot 8 Small Forward, is a sharp three-point shooter, and the Bulls think he can contribute right away to help their offense, which ranked last in the NBA in points per game, and averaged just 6.2 three-pointers a game. He can also post up and take the ball to the basket too.
“We feel in Doug McDermott we got, if not the premier shooter in the country, then one of the premier shooters in the country. But what excites us about Doug is, our feeling is he’s much more than a shooter, that he’s got a lot of game. And we’ve seen him play, we’ve studied him for years,” General Manager, Gar Forman said at the Berto Center Thursday night. “We’re really, really excited that we were in a position where we could make the move to get Doug.”
He led the country in scoring last season, averaging 26.9 points per game, shot 46 percent on threes combined in his four years at Creighton, shot 87 percent from the line, and finished his college career as one of three players in NCAA history to have 3,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. However, he does need help with his defense though, and luckily for him the Bulls have a great teacher, Tom Thibodeau, who will provide much help in hopes of getting him better in that department.
Here’s wishing McDermott the very best in his transition from College to the NBA, and hope that he’s with the Bulls for a long time.