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NBA India Games 2019

NBA India Games 2019: Fast facts on Indiana Pacers' forward Doug McDermott

Doug McDermott
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Small forward Doug McDermott is among the best three-point shooters from the rosters of the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings, two teams set to feature in the first-ever NBA India Games - a couple of preseason games set to take place on October 4 and 5 in Mumbai.

He shot the three-pointers at a clip of 45.8% in 145 college games and in his NBA career so far, he nails the three-pointer at an efficiency of 40.4%.

Background

Doug McDermott was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota on January 3, 1992.

High school & college experience

McDermott attended high school at Ames, Iowa, where he played alongside All-American Harrison Barnes. The duo ensured the school won consecutive Iowa state titles in 2009 and 2010.

For college, he committed to Creighton University to play under his father. He represented the Creighton Bluejays in all his four college years and stacked up his resume while doing so.

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Here's a look at McDermott's key numbers in college:

PPG RPG FG% 3P%
2010-11 14.9 7.2 .525 .405
2011-12 22.9 8.2 .601 .486
2012-13 23.2 7.7 .548 .490
2013-14 26.7 7.0 .526 .449

All the four years, McDermott received a selection to the first team of his conference (MVC: 2010-13; Big East - 2014). As a sophomore, junior and senior (2012, 13, 14), he was named the Conference's player of the year while being named MVP of the conference tournament in 2012 and 2013.

He was also a 2-time winner (2012,14) of the Lute Olsen award, an award given annually to the most outstanding non-freshman men's college basketball player in NCAA Division I competition.

At the end of the four years, his point tally of 3150 is sixth on the all-time scoring charts for Division I college basketball.

NBA career

McDermott was drafted 11th overall by the Denver Nuggets in the 2014 NBA Draft.

However, he was traded by the Nuggets to the Chicago Bulls along with Anthony Randolph in exchange for the Bulls' first-round picks in 2014 (16th and 19th) and a future second-round pick.

He played the first 2.5 seasons with the Bulls but since then, has spent his time in the league with four teams.

In February of 2017, he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder along with Taj Gibson in exchange for Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow and Cameron Payne. He played out the remainder of the 2016-17 season in OKC but prior to the beginning of the 2017-18 season, in September, he was traded once again.

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This time to the New York Knicks along with Enes Kanter and a 2018 second-round pick in exchange for Carmelo Anthony. His tenure with the Knicks only lasted till the following midseason trade deadline, as he was shipped to the Dallas Mavericks in a three-team deal that also involved Denver Nuggets.

The Pacers acquired McDermott when they signed him to a 3-year $22 million contract in the 2018 offseason.

Skill set

Coming off the bench, McDermott is a long-range threat for the Pacers, shooting 40.8% on 2.7 3-point attempts on 17.4 minutes average last season.

While his defensive numbers could improve, given the importance of the three-pointer in the current NBA, he is a useful wing to have.

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