It should be noted that Doug McDermott very well may be the worst defensive player on the list. We’re acknowledging that. We also acknowledge that he plays small or power forward, and not at guard. Defensively speaking, the guard position is the biggest one of concern. So getting McDermott wouldn’t hurt the team the same way getting Bryn Forbes could.
McDermott would probably play next to Isaack Okoro and Jarrett Allen or Evan Mobley a lot of the time so his limitations would be protected some. That’s a pretty good defensive sandwich to be in the middle of. McDermott can rebound well enough for someone who isn’t overly physical but his real appeal is his shooting ability.
Ideally, he’d fit on the team better if Kevin Love were to be shipped out because they both provide relatively similar skillsets and both offer the same set of issues. While McDermott is far more athletic, he’s not as fierce down low as Love used to be. Love is a spot-up shooter these days, as is McDermott. Neither is terribly good in the post.
Yet, McDermott can spell both small or power forwards, and fit into several packages, which gives him a leg-up on Love.
Fit Grade: B-
Even though he isn’t good defensively, he is in a position where he doesn’t have to be, and whatever issue comes with the lack of defensive prowess is negated by his versatility to play inside or outside.