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Doug McDermott (SF, IND) - Week 8 Waiver Wire Pickups


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ANALYSIS: MCBUCKETS.

Thus far in his career, Doug McDermott has been the definition of a journeyman, even at a much younger age than we think of when he think of NBA journeymen. Two and a half years in Chicago. Half season in Oklahoma City. Half season with the Knicks. Half season with the Mavericks. But that could all be changing as McDermott is on a three-year deal with the Pacers and is starting to look like a valuable contributor.

Over the last four games, McDermott is averaging 16.5 points per game while shooting 64.7 percent from three on 4.3 attempts per game.

64.7 percent. 4.3 attempts. The McBuckets is back.

Overall, McDermott is hitting 44.3 percent of his shots from distance this year while shooting three of them a game, and that number includes a nine-game stretch earlier in the year when McDermott was hitting just 26.3 percent from deep. Now, that number is obviously not indicative of McDermott as a shooter, and this current 64.7 percent mark is unsustainably high, but McDermott should remain somewhere in the mid-40s. The Pacers are weirdly good at having guys who are in the upper echelons of three-point field goal percentage (they have this year's leader, Bojan Bogdanovic, and had last year's leader too, Darren Collison).

McDermott looks to have a pretty safe role in head coach Nate McMillan's rotation at this point as the seventh or eighth guy off the bench on a team that really only goes eight or nine deep most nights, and it appears McDermott will have the green light to keep shooting from deep. Fantasy owners looking for some scoring help and some three-point help and who want a guy who is shooting 85.2 percent from the free throw line should give a look at Doug McDermott.


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