The 2014 NBA Draft is getting closer and it’s time to start taking a closer look at some of their first-round prospects. Next on the block is Doug McDermott.
Why Draft Him?
He fits the classic mold of a Boston Celtics star. He plays hard, can score from anywhere on the court, and is more white than most types of bread. McDermott’s offensive game should translate as long as he shows he can defend opposing power forwards. He is too small to be a three, but could be the perfect size to be a stretch-four in today’s game. I believe he can body up with bigger fours, but it will take time for him to guard other stretch guys around the league. If Boston has a grand plan to acquire another veteran, then McDermott may be a perfect fit off the bench to start his NBA career.
Why Pass On Him?
He just isn’t what the Celtics need right now. Boston has big men who can shoot the ball and play mediocre (at best) defense. Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger are on the roster and it would not make sense to bring McDermott onto the squad as it stands. Danny Ainge and Brad Stephens would have to find a way to get McDermott on the floor as a small forward at times and his defense just may be too poor to do such a thing. Odds are McDermott will be chosen around the Celtics sixth pick, but with the way to roster is shaped right now, I can’t see him ending up in Celtic green.