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Doug McDermott played 15 minutes in a game. He was bad but that's OK.

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As I said in the recap of what was a really fun win, Kirk Hinrich and Doug McDermott were awful to the point it wasn't really worth mentioning. And not just because there were other, good, performances to concentrate on, but that both guys generate way more discussion than they deserve.

Hinrich...whatever that is left to say can go under this other post. McDermott's always been a lightning-rod due to his collegiate stature and the divergent scouting reports. And I'll admit, this is less to have a reasonable discussion as it is to look at some funny highlights of his play last night. This isn't to suggest he'll always be bad, but moreso to at least understand where Thibs has been coming from.

Even with obvious holes in the wing rotation, it was still uncertain as to whether Thibs would gift Doug some minutes Tuesday, and to the coach's credit he praised Doug pregame (interestingly, seeing him as a 3/4 more than a 2/3) and found him a role. This is good, and unfair to criticize Thibs for not doing so until now because previously Tony Snell has instead taken that opportunity and has performed much better than he did earlier in the season.

Maybe Doug will improve, too. But last night he was bad. He was 0-5 from the floor in his 15 minutes with a single rebound. His other single positive box-score contribution was an assist when he had a layup stuffed back at him as he fell out of bounds and then luckily found Noah under the hoop.

That particular attempt was off of a pump-fake and drive from three, and his only 3-point attempt was fairly deep and contested. Needless to say, part of what he needs to do to be successful is to achieve separation to better get his shot off.

Maybe he should run to the corners in transition, because when going to the rim in the second half it was a disaster.

This is funny (again, we won!) but a bit concerning too if seen as an indictment on McDermott's NBA-level athleticism. The point of critiquing his superlatively-poor college blocks/steals numbers during draft time was less about his defensive prowess as it was a sign of poor athleticism that could hamper his transition to the pros.

When it came to that defense last night, Doug did a bit more of what we all saw in his extended minutes to begin the season. He was ok in transition and bodying up his guy, and though he didn't get credit for a steal for the night he forced a couple of John Wall turnovers by effectively getting in his way.

The problem remains in the half-court, where he still looks lost when dealing with providing multiple efforts and reading/reacting to NBA plays. As you'll see, both of these plays led to open three-pointers by Otto Porter.

Part of the problem in evaluating McDermott in these defensive sets is that even if he does the right thing, it isn't going to look pretty. But his spazziness looks even worse with the indecision (and incorrect decisions) shown in these clips.

The ability to rotate correctly on defense is items #1-#458 on Thibs's priority list, so if this has been what's going on in practice it become a lot more understandable as to why Doug hasn't been playing. But a silver lining to all the Bulls injuries is that there really is no choice for the next couple weeks.

As I said, he did technically do a couple decent defensive things, and hopefully more minutes helps with the rest of it. He probably won't even be solid on defense anytime soon, and thus the offense just has to get better to make up for it. Thibs actually used that word 'solid' to describe Doug's night last night, because he'll lie to keep the pressure off his guys. And because he knows he's forced to give Doug more chances for the time being, so might as well keep up the encouragement.

And on that final note, let's show that Doug's not alone, and laugh at Otto Porter for this one: