The questions that dogged Kyle Korver when he was starting his professional career a decade ago are now being asked about another Creighton star.
Is Doug McDermott quick enough to play in the NBA? Will he be able to guard more athletic players? What will his role be at the next level?
As far as Korver is concerned, those questions have little foundation.
“Doug is going to be fine,” Korver said. “He’s going to get his opportunity. The way the NBA is headed, there is such a premium placed on shooting. That’s just where we’re headed.
“Coaches want guys who can get to the basket and get layups and dunks, and then they want guys that can knock down 3s.”
the 6-foot-8 McDermott, a two-time, first-team All-American, has demonstrated the ability to knock down shots from the perimeter in addition to having touch around the basket.
He continues to hone his defensive game, though even his father, Creighton coach Greg McDermott, admits he has a way to go in that area.
As a collegian, Korver built his reputation as a shooter. He’s refined that role as a professional but has worked to expand the other areas of his game. He said McDermott will do the same as a professional.
“Any player’s game is a work in progress,” Korver said. “Doug has an incredible skill set, and there’s absolutely a place for him in the NBA. Players are evaluated and broken down so much these days, even more than when I was in college.
“There’s always something people are going to find wrong with your game. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, even those guys have their haters. We all have haters. You just accept that and go about your business and try to get better.”
Korver said he talked with Doug McDermott last summer about his future.
“The way things are now, people assume that if you stay in college for four years, you can’t make it in the NBA,” Korver said. “Doug is a guy that loves college, and he’s had an amazing college career.
“I have zero doubts that Doug is going to make it in the NBA.”