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Philadelphia 76ers: Doug McDermott is the ideal MLE signee



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But outside of those two? Well, there’s Aaron Gordon, Andrew Wiggins – who had to be traded alongside multiple picks to procure D’Angelo Russell from the Golden State Warriors – and five other players who have played for a combined 26 different teams over the last half-decade and change.

No, if you think about McDermott as a super-sized J.J. Redick, aka an offense-only shooter who moves around off the ball and can drain open looks with ease, it’s hard not to get excited about the prospects of the pride of Creighton University playing off of his 2014 draft classmate.

Sidebar: There’s a commonly held belief that McDermott is one of the worst defenders in the NBA. Although he certainly isn’t going to make anyone forget about Matisse Thybulle, Ben Simmons, or Joel Embiid anytime soon, to McDermott’s credit, he actually ranked 60th out of 97 qualifying small forwards in Defensive Real Plus-Minus according to ESPN, which is a pretty big upgrade over past seasons. If Doug McDermott’s market doesn’t balloon into Davis Bertains territory, expect the Sixers to be heavy players for his services this summer, as he’s a perfect fit for their offensive identity regardless of who is on the team around Joel Embiid.

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