Thunder news: Doug McDermott adding more to his game during NBA offseason
Oklahoma City Thunder forward Doug McDermott is hard at work this NBA offseason in terms of adding more skills to his game.
McDermott is already a solid three-point shooter, but as Nick Gallo of NBA.com notes, the incoming four-year pro is not content with staying the same and feels he still has a lot more room to grow.
“I try to add something each summer because I don’t want to stay the same player,” McDermott explained. “I feel like I can still get a lot better… I’m just more than a spot-up shooter. I know I can move without the ball, and I think that just puts more pressure on them, and it can open up more things for everyone out there,” McDermott said.
McDermott didn’t make much of an impact upon arriving in Oklahoma City from the Chicago Bulls in a midseason trade. In 22 games, he averaged just 6.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 19.5 minutes. He now figures to have a lot more competition for minutes in the frontcourt with the arrival of All-Star Paul George and Patrick Patterson during the offseason.
But if McDermott’s offseason work does manage to produce a marked improvement in his game, Thunder head coach Billy Donovan should still be able to find enough playing time for someone with McDermott’s versatility and shooting ability.