Doug McDermott Bio: College, NBA Contract & Family

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Doug McDermott is a professional American basketball player who is a small forward for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

When McDermott finished his college basketball career, he was the next big thing to come out of North Dakota. Fans and scouts alike saw the extraordinary skill he possessed.

Doug could smash the lights out from behind the arc and also could go inside the defense and posterize them. 

As a result, expectations were high for the supremely talented Bluejays small forward.

Therefore when the Chicago Bulls traded for him on draft day, comparisons were made to the great Michael Jordan.

Doug In Locker Room
Doug In Locker Room (Source: Instagram)

Could he manage to live up to the hype? Could Mcdermott transfer his college form into the NBA? Did he become an NBA superstar like he was in his college days?

Well, don’t worry, my dear readers, as I have compiled all his information from his college days to his current NBA days. 

So step inside the vehicle and buckle your seatbelts as we are going on a journey as you have never been. Let’s get started with some quick facts.

Quick Facts

Full Name Douglas Richard McDermott
Birth Date January 3, 1992
Birth Place Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA
Nick Name Dougie McBuckets
Religion Not available
Nationality American
Ethnicity White
Education Creighton University
Horoscope Not Available
Father’s Name Greg McDermott
Mother’s Name Theresa McDermott
Siblings Sydney McDermott, Nick McDermott
Age 32 Years Old
Height 6 feet 6 inches/1.98 m/198 cm
Weight 225 lbs/102 kg
Shoe Size Not Available
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Dark Brown 
Build Athletic
Married No
Girlfriend None
Position Small Forward
Profession Basketball Player
Net Worth $13 Million
  • Chicago Bulls (2014–2017)
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (2017)
  • New York Knicks (2017–2018)
  • Dallas Mavericks (2018)
  • Indiana Pacers (2018–2021)
  • San Antonio Spurs (2021–Present)
Jersey Number 17
Social Media Instagram
Merch Signed Card, Signed Photo
Last Update May 2024

How tall is Doug McDermott? Age & Weight

McDermott stands at 6 feet 6 inches (1.98 m) tall, which is considered a bit short to play in the small forward position.

Doug originally played as a shooting guard during his college days. Hence, McDermott more than makes up for his height with his outstanding 3-point shooting skills.

Furthermore, the small forward weighs 225 pounds (102 kg), which is the average weight for an athlete of his size.

So even though McDermott seems lean on tv, he is much bulkier in real life.

Subsequently, his muscular build makes it tough for defenders to get past him, while his 3-point shooting opens the paint.

In addition, Doug can score easy lay-ups or shoot an uncontested mid-range shot.

At the time of writing, he is 32 years old but is still as active as he was in his prime. 

Collegiate Career 

Initially, Doug was supposed to play for Iowa State University, but when his father, Greg, transferred from Iowa to Creighton, so did a young McDermott.

In his first year as a freshman, the North Dakota native averaged 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds in 39 games for the Bluejays.

Consequently, Doug was named conference freshman of the year along with the newcomer of the year.

Following his impressive freshman year, McDermott was now a vital player for the Creighton team.

Continuing with his form, the following season, Doug increased his scoring and rebounding average to 22.9 points and 8.2 rebounds.

Consequently, he won the Missouri Valley Conference Player of the year in 2011-12 and earned a coveted spot in the first team of AP All-American.

Doug With His College Team
Doug With His College Team (Source: Instagram)

Due to his impressive performances, McDermott was ranked number one in the nation in scoring and number two in points per game. 

As a result, rumors started swirling that the prolific scorer would enter the 2013 NBA Draft. However, the athlete decided to continue his development with the Bluejays.

In his final year with Creighton University, Doug led the nation in scoring with 26.7 points per game and seven rebounds.

He was named the Big East Player of the Year award, as well as earned First-Team All-American honors.

In addition, McDermott was also the consensus national player of the year.

By the time Doug finished his college career, he was one of three players to record 3,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in NCAA men’s basketball history.

NBA Career

Coincidently, Doug started his NBA career the same way he started his college career.

The Denver Nuggets drafted Mcdermott as the 11th overall pick in 2014. However, he got traded to the Chicago Bulls the same day in return for future picks and Anthony Randolph.

It seemed as though the 32 years old had made a successful transition from college to NBA, a feat that many former players have struggled with in the past.

To illustrate, the rookie managed 18.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game during the 2014 NBA Summer League.

As a result, expectations were high for the North Dakota native. Unfortunately, Doug could not replicate his earlier form as he struggled throughout the season due to a combination of injuries and bad form.

Doug Playing From Bulls
Doug Playing From Bulls (Source: Instagram)

Due to this reason, McDermott managed a measly 3.0 points and 1.2 rebounds per game while managing only 36 appearances.

Up until his rookie season in the NBA, Doug had performed exceedingly well for his college team. However, he was brought back down to Earth in his first season with the Bulls.

The next season was much better as he managed to play in all of the franchise’s games and averaged 9.4 points and 2.4 rebounds. But it was nothing compared to the form McDermott showed playing for the Bluejays.

Subsequently, in his third season with the Bulls, he showed signs of improvement.

In his 44 appearances for the team, McDermott managed career highs of 10.2 points and 3.0 rebounds.

Having impressed the new head coach, Fred Hoiberg, although sparingly, the Bulls exercised their fourth-year option on his rookie-scale contract.

But, the North Dakota native did not live up to the expectations.

Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks, & Dallas Mavericks 

He was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the mid-season trade window of 2016-17.

For the purpose of resurrecting his career, Doug saw the trade to Oklahoma as a positive sign.

The small forward managed an underwhelming 6.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in his half-season with the Thunders. As a result, Oklahoma decided against re-signing the athlete. 

Doug With Thunder
Doug With Thunder (Source: Instagram)

Instead, they traded him to the New York Knicks and Enes Kanter in exchange for ten-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony.

Even though Doug played well for the Knicks, he could never manage a starting spot.

With that, he got traded to the Dallas Mavericks in a three-team trade.

By this time, McDermott’s stock was at an all-time low. Due to his underwhelming performances throughout his time in the NBA, almost all the franchises saw him as a squad player who would provide value only in the trade market.

As a result, his confidence was as low as it could get. Subsequently, the North Dakota native’s performances showed his lack of confidence as he started only three games for the team in his 26 appearances.

Indiana Pacers And San Antonio Spurs

Continuing with the trend, the Dallas-based franchise didn’t sign McDermott. Later on, he was signed by the Indiana Pacers for three years on July 6, 2018. He showed signs of improvement with the team. 

Regardless, Doug made a sign-and-trade move to the San Antonio Spurs on August 8, 2021.

Doug Playing With The Spurs
Doug Playing With The Pacers (Source: Instagram)

He hurt his right ankle on March 12, 2022, and four days later, it was revealed that the injury was a grade 3 ankle sprain; he missed the rest of the season.

McDermott still has the skills and ability we all saw during his Bluejays days.

Therefore, let’s hope for Doug’s sake that San Antonio Spurs is the team where he finally lives up to the expectations.

Career Stats

Career 527 94 20.9 .476 .409 .820 2.3 .9 .2 .1 9.2


Net Worth, Salary & Contract

As of May 2024, Doug McDermott’s net worth is estimated to be around $13 million

Throughout his career in the NBA, the small forward has earned over $59 million.

Until the 2017-18 season, McDermott was earning $2 million in average salary.

However, upon signing a three-year contract with the Indiana Pacers in 2018, Doug’s annual salary was hiked up to $7.3 million annually.

On August 8, 2021, he signed a 3-year $42 million contract with Indiana as part of a Sign-and-Trade with the San Antonio Spurs. 

The NBA player will earn a guaranteed $41,250,000 over the three years as per the contract, with an average annual salary of $13.75 million.

However, athletes have to pay a certain amount of tax, which is higher than what ordinary people like us pay.

According to various reports, NBA players have to pay taxes somewhere between 45%-50%.

Family & Lifestyle

Doug was born to his parents, Greg McDermott and Theresa McDermott. In addition, McDermott grew up with two siblings, a brother, Nick McDermott, and a sister Sydney McDermott.

The North Dakota native is not involved in any relationship at the moment.

The basketballer doesn’t want his personal life to go public, so he may have hidden it from the media. Hence, Doug’s relationship is still in the dark.

However, since McDermott enjoys spending time with his friends and family, he often travels and parties with them. 

Besides, he helps the community by visiting kids with illnesses, along with doing charity work.

Doug Performing Charity
Doug Performing Charity (Source: Instagram)

To conclude, Mcdermott is one of the most humble and caring NBA players out there.

Not only does the small forward help his team on the court, but he also helps his local community and his alma mater Creighton University.

Social Media Presence

The NBA player is active on social media, only on Instagram. He mostly posts pictures about his games and personal life. 

Instagram: 251K Followers

Popularity Graph 

Doug McDermott is a famous basketball player, popular all over the world. 

Doug McDermott Search Graph 2023
Doug McDermott Search Graph 2023 (Source: Google Trend)

The line graph shows the NBA player’s 12 months search trend. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Does Doug McDermott's brother go to Butler?

No, the NBA player's brother did not go to Butler University. However, another NBA player Sean McDermott attended the university where he played collegiate basketball for the Butler Bulldogs.  Doug and Sean are often confused as brothers as they share the same last name. Nevertheless, the two are not related. 

Is Doug McDermott a free agent?

No, Doug McDermott isn't a free agent, as he is associated with San Antonio Spurs. 

Did Doug McDermott date Kendall Jenner?

No, Doug never dated Jenner. However, he did express his love and appreciation towards Kendall and her family with a TMZ sports reporter in 2016. Moreover, he revealed that the highest-paid model was his favorite among the Kardashian/Jenner sisters. 

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