Editor's Note: As we get closer to the draft, it’s time to talk about possible draft picks for the Hornets. Over the next month, we will preview guys that could end up going to the Hornets at either picks number 9, 24, or 45, culminating in two mock drafts. Also during this time span, we will preview other options the Hornets have such as trading picks or available free-agents. Stick with us for original analysis and predictions all summer long!
Player Essentials: Doug McDermott
First on the docket in our series is a forward from Creighton in Doug McDermott. At the moment, it looks like McDermott should be available at the time that the Hornets have their first selection, as most scouts see him going in the earlier part of the first round. The reason for that is clear. McDermott can flat out shoot the ball. While everyone knows he can shoot the three (49% junior year, 45% senior year), other parts of his game are undervalued. As you probably have heard, McDermott has mastered a fade away that some compare to the one of Dirk Nowitzki. With that in mind, he was also able to drive to the basket pretty efficiently. All those things are nice, but who was he doing these things against? Certainly not the caliber players he will face come October, which segways us into our next discussion.
One of the trickiest things about sports is scouting. Any team that picks McDermott is going to have to have a strong feel that he can be an impact player for a long time. What makes this analyzation so difficult is the difference between the college came and the NBA. That margin is even greater when observing players from week conferences, such as the one McDermott played in. Not every great college player is NBA material, especially in the weaker level on the NCAA.
If Charlotte were to draft McDermott, this would likely mean that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has seen his last days in the Hornets’ starting lineup. Unless the team believes that McDermott needs a year or two to develop as a role player, the Creighton product would likely be thrust into a starting small-forward spot his next season, forcing the incumbent MKG to the bench.
The Bottom Line
Personally, I think McDermott will be a solid NBA player. I would welcome McDermott to Charlotte with open arms. At the end of the day, this is a guy that can put the ball in the hole, something the Bobcats did not have last year. Another plus for McDermott is that he’s as close to NBA ready as they come in this draft. A lot of the other players would take some time to develop, but those same players could end up being better options down the road.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe