Doug McDermott Bio: Career, College, Contract & Family

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When Doug 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 Doug possessed.

On the one hand, Doug could smash the lights out from behind the arc. But, on the other hand, McDermott could also go inside the lane and posterize his defenders.

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 McDermott
Doug McDermott

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 3 January 1992
Birth Place Grand Forks, North Dakota, U.S.A
Nick Name Not available
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 31 years old
Height 6’7″ (2.01 m)
Weight 102 kg (225 lbs)
Shoe Size Not available
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Black
Body Measurement Not available
Build Athletic
Married No
Girlfriend None
Spouse None
Position Small Forward/Shooting Guard
Profession Basketball Player
Net Worth $13 million
Clubs  Indiana Pacers (Current); Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks,(Former)
Jersey Number 20
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Shoes Nike
Merch Posters, Jersey, Autographed Creighton Jersey
Last Update February, 2023

Doug McDermott | College & NBA Career

Initially, Doug was supposed to play for the 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.

Doug Mcdermott
Doug McDermott

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

Continuing with his form, the following season, Doug increased 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 first-team of AP All-American.

Due to his impressive performances, McDermott was ranked as the number one 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 Pacers small forward decided to continue his development with the Bluejays.

Big East Player of the Year
McDermott won the Big East Player of the Year in 2014

In his final year with Creighton University, Doug led the nation to score 26.7 points per game and 7.6 rebounds.

As a consequence, he was named the Big East Player of the Year award, as well as earning 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. Originally, Mcdermott was drafted by the Denver Nuggets as the 11th overall pick.

However, he got traded to the Chicago Bulls the same day in return for future picks and Anthony Randolph.

NBA Draft 2014
McDermott started the draft day with Denver but ended up with the Bulls

It seemed as though the 29-year-old had made a successful transition from college to NBA basketball, 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.

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, McDermott was brought back down to Earth in his first season with the Bulls.

Chicago Bulls, McDermott
McDermott in Chicago Bulls colors

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

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

In his 44 appearances for the Chicago-based outfit, McDermott managed career highs 10.1 points and 3.0 rebounds.

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

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

Consequently, the Chicago-based outfit traded McDermott to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the midseason trade window of 2016-17.

Oklahoma City Thunders, McDermott
McDermott’s time with the Thunders

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

But, on the contrary, the 29-year-old 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 former Bluejays small forward.

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

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

As a consequence, the North Dakota native got traded to the Dallas Mavericks in a three-team trade.

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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.

New York Knicks, McDermott
McDermott shoots a free throw.

As a result, Doug’s 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 franchise in his 26 appearances.

Continuing with the trend, the Dallas-based franchise traded McDermott to the Indiana Pacers, where he is currently plying his trade.

Having been seen as one of the top prospects in the 2011 NBA Draft, the 29-year-old’s career has been everything but successful.

Indaina Pacers, McDermott
McDermott signed a $22 million three-year contract with the Pacers

However, McDermott has shown signs of improvement with the Indiana Pacers.

Regardless of his previous showings in the NBA, McDermott still has the skills and ability that we all got to see during his Bluejays days.

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

Doug McDermott | Career Stats

Career 476 43 20.6 .478 .407 .824 2.4 .9 .2 .1 9.0

How tall is Doug McDermott? Age & Weight

The North Dakota native stands at 6 feet 7 inches tall, which is considered a bit short to play in the small forward position.

However, Doug originally played as a shooting guard during his college days. As a consequence, 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 the North Dakota native seems lean on tv, he is much bulkier in real life.

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

As a result, Doug can score easy lay-ups or shoot an uncontested mid-range shot. At the time of writing, Doug is 29 years old, which is the prime age for a basketball player to hit their peak.

In other words, McDermott is at the perfect age to fulfill the potential that he showed during his college days.

How much is Doug Mcdermott’s Net Worth? Salary & Contract

As of now, the North Dakota native is valued at $13 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.

The NBA player will earn a guaranteed $22 million over the three years with the franchise as per the contract.

As a result, McDermott will be the sixth highest-paid player in the Pacers franchise.

Throughout his career in the NBA, the Pacers small forward has earned over $25 million in salary.

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%.

Doug McDermott | Family & Lifestyle

Doug was born to his father, Greg McDermott, and mother, Theresa McDermott. In addition, McDermott has one brother, Nick McDermott, and one sister, Sydney McDermott.

Furthermore, the North Dakota native is not involved in any relationship at the moment. However, like most other athletes, the basketballer does entertain his personal life to go public.

As a result, Doug’s relationship is still in the dark. However, since McDermott enjoys spending time with his friends and family, he often spends free time with them.

Besides, the Pacers small forward helps the community by visiting kids with illness, along with doing charity works.

Managers on a mission
Kids showing gratitude to McDermott for his charity work

To conclude, the North Dakota native 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.

Doug Mcdermott | Social Media Presence

Instagram: 288,000 followers

Twitter: 148,000 followers

Doug McDermott | 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?

Yes, the basketballer is a free agent as of now. He signed a three-year contract in 2018 worth $22 million with the Pacers that came to an end recently. 

He has expressed his desire to rejoin the Indiana Pacers and said,

“I want to be a Pacer. It’s been a great 3 years. It’s been a great place to call home. I hope I can continue that.”

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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