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Doug McDermott is really good at this game of basketball, which his many recognitions properly reflect. And being a two time first team All-American is clearly his greatest accomplishment to date.
Definitions of advanced stats:
Offensive rating (ORtg): A measure of personal offensive efficiency
Percentage of possessions used (%Poss): A measure of personal possessions used while the player is on the court.
Percentage of shots taken (%Shots): This is the percentage of a team’s shots taken, while the player is on the court.
Effective field goal percentage (eFG%): Same as regular field goal percentage, except that made three-pointers are approximately given 50% more credit.
True shooting percentage (TS%): It’s like eFG%, but throws in trips to the line and converts it to a shooting percentage that approximates what 2-point percentage a player would need to have to score the points he produced on all of his shooting attempts.
Those are some absolutely gaudy statistics that he has posted, leaving no doubt to how he became an All-American in those two seasons.
Of the first team All-Americans in the past two seasons, McDermott is clearly the best scorer as he has dropped approximately five more points per game than the second highest player on each team. And even though his higher volume of shots compared to the others partly explains his scoring output, he does it because he can.
McDermott is one of the most versatile offensive weapons in the nation. Standing at 6-foot-8, there aren’t many other players in the country that match the inside/outside skillset that he possesses. His footwork, speed, and variety of shots are a mismatch in the low post, and when he’s out on the wing he’s nearly a 50% shooter from 3. It’s not fair.
Looking at the charts above you see that McDermott doesn’t lead or dominate every category (your prototypical and dominate big men tend to post better offensive ratings), but his consistency is absurd. His field goal percentage dipped from his sophomore year to junior year, but his free throw percentage shot way up to the point where he was near automatic. And his advanced usage and output metrics barely budged. He’s a machine.
It will be interesting to see if McDermott’s success continues into his senior season as he enters a seemingly tougher conference. His limited experience against ‘major’ conference teams suggests that he should be just fine. When you are your team’s best offensive weapon, and you can create the mismatches that McDermott can, you’re going to produce.
But will it be enough to become a three time first team All-American? This year’s freshman class is loaded with multiple players who could have by-passed the college game if that were allowed. And there are obviously other good players returning from around the country just like McDermott. This could be his toughest year yet to obtain the recognition.
The move to the Big East should only help his cause. He will be playing against better competition more often while being on the national stage that Fox Sports 1 should bring. But one thing will remain the same: McDermott will continue to dominate the competition with his offensive prowess.
And if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that being a three time first team All-American has a better ring to it than a two time first team All-American.