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Player of the Week (Feb. 21-27): Doug McDermott

Each week, one Bulls player will be selected as The Bulls Charge’s “Player of the Week.” The selections will be based off the player’s performance during the previous week. Readers’ views and suggestions are taken into consideration when choosing the player, but the editor ultimately makes the decision.


Week Overview

Doug McDermott has been renowned for his 3-point shooting during his young NBA career, but, as of late, he has proven he is more than that.
McDermott has looked much like the dominant scorer he was at Creighton. No, he hasn’t been the top guy for the Bulls like he was for the Bluejays, but he has been doing so much more than shooting threes. In fact, McDermott’s aggressive offense has resulted in multiple dunks.
Over the course of last week, McDermott scored in double figures in all four games and was the bench’s leading scorer in three of them. He averaged 17 points, shooting 51.1 percent from the field and 40 percent on 3-pointers, and 2.8 rebounds.


Feb. 21: 126-115 win versus Los Angeles Lakers

This was the lone game for the week in which McDermott wasn’t the bench’s top scorer — rookie Bobby Portis took that honor with 17 points — but McDermott was a close second with 16 points. In fact, he was one of the few bench players to score. He, Aaron Brooks and Portis were the lone Bulls’ bench players to score against the Lakers.
McDermott’s 16 points also bested all scorers from the Lakers’ bench.


Feb. 24: 109-104 win versus Washington Wizards

The highlight of McDermott’s performance against the Wizards had to be his dunk over Markieff Morris. (Jimmy Butler‘s reaction to McDermott’s dunk is, arguably, just as great, too.)

That dunk accounted for just two of his 14 points on the night, and that came despite the fact he went 0-for-2 on threes. His point total also outdid that of six Wizards who saw playing time against the Bulls.


Feb. 26: 103-88 loss at Atlanta Hawks

With a 20-point performance, McDermott not only had his best scoring game from last week in Atlanta, but he was also the game’s leading scorer. It also made him the top Creighton Bluejay in the matchup, besting another Creighton product Kyle Korver‘s mere five points.
McDermott missed all four of his 3-point attempts, but he played aggressively on offense. He made it to the free throw line a game-high seven times and made all of them.


Feb. 27: 103-95 loss at Portland Trail Blazers

McDermott was the bench’s leading scorer, but his 18 points were overshadowed by Portis’ double-double of 10 points and 16 rebounds. Regardless of that, McDermott kept his scoring up, making it for a consistent week.
The fact he maintained his double-figure scoring and versatile offensive play throughout the week leaves hope for the future after struggling before All-Star break.


Honorable Mention

E’Twaun Moore has performed admirably as of late.
Last week, he averaged 16.5 points 2.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1 steal while shooting 50 percent from the field and 54.5 percent on threes. Had it not been for his six-point performance against the Hawks, those numbers likely would have been better.


Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.