The Chicago Bulls are intrigued by the notion of starting Doug McDermott at the power forward spot. Those minutes could be open for him as there have been incessant rumor suggesting Taj Gibson will be dealt before the start of the 2016-17 NBA season.
McDermott is a reliable shooter who can help space the floor for the Bulls. The one major issue for him is defense.
According to Blog A Bull, the 6-foot-8 sophomore isn’t as fast and athletic as other starting power forwards in the league. Big men like LaMarcus Aldridge and Anthony Davis will take advantage of him in the post. On the other hand, scrappy stretch fours like Draymond Green will outwork him on the boards.
McDermott averaged 2.4 rebounds in 23 minutes of play last season. If he was a starter and played 36 minutes, he would only grab a meager 3.8 rebounds per game.
At this stage of his career, McDermott still lacks adequate strength and court awareness to consistently win rebound battles. In a recent interview on the Boers and Bernstein Show via CBS Chicago, McDermott said Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg already told him about the things he needs to work on this offseason.
“Coach Hoiberg, last year especially, he wanted me to put on some weight so I could play some minutes there (at power forward),” he mused. “This year, the way the NBA’s going now, I think it can be even more realistic. I’m excited. Wherever I can play on the floor, I’d be more than willing to do.”
McDermott added that playing the four spot could work well for him and the team. This is the main reason why he is willing to make the transition as soon as possible.
McDermott will likely receive more minutes next season since the Bulls have begun entertaining trade offers for serviceable big man Taj Gibson, as per Hoops Habit. The Bulls are in the middle of a major roster overhaul, and Gibson is in the last year of his contract. It would be wise to trade him for assets than risk losing him for nothing in 2017.