The Indiana Pacers have reached agreement on a three-year, $22 million deal to become Doug McDermott’s latest landing spot, reports ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
After making stops with the Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, and New York Knicks, the 26-year-old sharpshooter shot a career-best 49.4 percent from three in 26 games with the Dallas Mavericks last season.
Within Rick Carlisle’s free flowing offense, McDermott found a home not only by sprinting to the three-point line and spotting up for three before the defense could get set but also with his resourceful off-ball movement.
Take this faux flex set for instance. Notice how McDermott plays it cool likes he’s going to set a baseline backscreen, but then ghosts the screen before looping around to the left wing off the elbow pick before spotting up for the open three.
Taking only those games with the Mavericks into account (yes, it is a very small sample size), the off-ball sniper finished in the top 10 of the league in points per possession off screens (1.164) as well as off screen frequency (34.4 percent), among those with at least 70 such opportunities.
As such, McDermott will provide an additional injection of floor spacing around Victor Oladipo on a roster that took a league-leading 19.1 percent of its shots from mid-range last season, but he probably isn’t going to ease the high-octane guard’s burden on the defensive end (although, the Mavs did hold opponents to 3.9 points per 100 possessions fewer with him on the floor as opposed to off) nor do much in the way to create his own shot off the bench.
The sharpshooter only attempted 20 total shots off three or more dribbles last season, and he went a measly 2-of-17 on pull-up threes. By comparison, Joe Harris, who agreed to a shorter term two-year, $16 million deal to return to the Brooklyn Nets and was also rumored to be a target of the Pacers, made 88-of-128 shots that came off at least two dribbles while shooting above 40 percent from three.
According to Wojnarowksi, McDermott’s contract is fully guaranteed.