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Spurs: McDermott's monster game in May shows his capability

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Sometimes you have those nights where everything you throw goes in. For the San Antonio Spurs, that happened against the Milwaukee Bucks as a team last season. The same thing happened for Doug McDermott and his teammates against the Thunder last May.

In one of the most impressive displays of team basketball the modern era has ever seen, the Indiana Pacers put up a whopping 152 points in a game that didn't even go into overtime. Of course, such a game contained several standout performances, including a triple-double by Domantas Sabonis.

The Newest Spurs signee Doug McDermott also had a career game in a few different ways. Tying a career-high in both points scored (31) and 3-point field goals made in a game (6), he showed just how devastating he can be offensively when his shot is going down.

Just as impressive, all four times McDermott has made six threes in his career, it's taken him eight or fewer attempts to get there. Beyond his 3-point shooting accuracy, the beatdown of Oklahoma City showed us he can do much more than just be a spot-up shooter from the outside.

Making 11 of his 14 attempts in the game, here's how McDermott's shot chart broke down on his big night.

As the highlights and shot chart both show, McDermott has an underrated cutting-and-finishing game and can move well without the ball when he has teammates looking to find him. There are plenty of unselfish guys on the Spurs that should work well with such a skill set.

When scouts get lazy and see McDermott as purely a shooter to close out on every time, he should be able to use give-and-go action or make a similar play to get an easier look for someone else.

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When you see McDermott light up an opponent in a similar way this season and there are lay-ins and dunks sprinkled in, don't be surprised.

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