Dallas Mavericks impressed with Doug McDermott
From NBA media reports
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Doug McDermott should be used to it by now, being on the move. He’s suiting up for his fourth team since the start of the 2016-17 season, having worn the jerseys of the Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks and now the Dallas Mavericks, who acquired his services at the trade deadline.
But unlike his previous stops, the Mavericks insists they have a clear vision for how they want to use the fourth-year pro who is reuniting in Dallas with his high school teammate and best friend Harrison Barnes. McDermott’s minutes with the Mavericks, who knocked off the Los Angeles Lakers at home Saturday and travel to face Houston today (7 ET, NBA TV), will come at a new position. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, as Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News details, likes the fit:
Mavericks fans who mostly know McDermott as the Creighton scoring machine who in 2013-14 led the nation in scoring average (26.7) and finished his college career with the fifth-most points (3,150) in Division I history might be disappointed in his output during Dallas’ final 27 games this season.
The Mavericks franchise, however, views McDermott as somewhat of an untapped NBA commodity, given that he played almost exclusively power forward in college and predominately has played small forward during three previous NBA stops.
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said he wants to see how McDermott fares with significant power forward minutes, though he only played small forward on Saturday. He has yet to have a Mavericks practice, though he ran through some plays with teammates Saturday afternoon.
“I like what he was doing,” said Carlisle said. “Offensively, he really is a guy you’ve got to pay attention to. Moves great off the ball. Really one of the quickest releases on his shot I’ve seen. There’s just a few guys who get rid of it that quick.
“I think he’s just a good mix with the guys that we have here.”