Few teams had such clear goals going into the 2014 NBA draft like the Chicago Bulls. Did they accomplish it by trading for Doug McDermott?
McDermott brings need offensive punch next to Derrick Rose
The past two years one thing has been clear regarding the Bulls. Under Tom Thibodeau they always will field a championship-level defense capable of suffocating opponents. Unfortunately the one thing holding them back is a constant inability to score consistently. Most of that burden was on the shoulders of point guard Derrick Rose but two knee injuries has kept him out of basketball for two seasons. The Bulls went into the 2014 NBA draft with one mission and that was to find somebody who can put the ball in the basket.
Doug McDermott qualifies as that player. He is smart with the ball in his hands, the son of a coach and plays hard every minute he’s on the floor. Game tape shows he can score from deep range or in the paint, be it a wide open look or with a hand in his face. Most importantly is he can create his own shot, something the Bulls are dying to have next to Rose on the floor. McDermott is 22-years old and is a seasoned player who can hit the hardwood right away. His final season at Creighton he averaged 26.7 points per game. By the end of his college career he became the 5th leading scorer in NCAA history.
Would make superb bench man if Chicago Bulls get Carmelo Anthony
Another factor involved in this decision is how it will affect the Chicago Bulls in free agency starting July 1st. There is now no question the team is setting their sights squarely on All-Star Carmelo Anthony. He is the offensive presence they feel could put them over the top. One problem that he ran into in New York was not getting much help on the offensive end. Pairing with Rose would alleviate some of that pressure outright. However, by also adding McDermott to the bench, it gives the Bulls even more scoring potential. Combined with their elite defense it would make for a superb proposal to Anthony who has vowed not to play favorites in his search for a new team.
If the 2014 NBA draft went according to plan for any team, it was for the Chicago Bulls.