(CTN News) – The Creighton University graduate Doug McDermott will be entering his 10th season in the NBA when his season begins tonight, continuing a long-standing tradition in which Bluejays have played at the highest level of professional basketball.
It is now 40 of 41 years since Creighton last had an NBA player, and 57 out of 60 seasons since 1964-65 that Creighton has had an NBA player.
As the most decorated men’s basketball player in the history of Creighton University, McDermott played at the school between 2010 and 2014.
In his senior year, he won 14 National Player of the Year awards in which he ranked seventh in NCAA history with 3,150 points in his career.
In addition to being a three-time conference player of the year, McDermott was the first man in 30 years to be voted by the Associated Press as a First Team All-American three straight seasons.
In the 2014 NBA Draft, McDermott was picked 11th overall by the Denver Nuggets, and was traded to the Chicago Bulls an hour later after he was selected by the Denver Nuggets.
As a member of the Spurs last season, McDermott averaged 10.2 points and 2.2 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game, which was his fourth straight season averaging double figures in scoring.
It is estimated that McDermott has scored 5,500 points in his 591 career games as a member of the NBA.
In terms of marksmanship from three-point territory, he ranks 23rd in NBA history with 41.0 percent, and 197th with 846 three-pointers made during his career.
During the first nine years of his NBA career, McDermott has played for Chicago, Oklahoma City, New York, Dallas, Indiana, and San Antonio, among others.
It is no secret that Doug McDermott is the son of Creighton men’s basketball coach Greg McDermott, who wears the number 17 for the San Antonio Spurs.
In August of 2019, McDermott was inducted into the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame for his achievements as an athlete.
Aside from Paul Silas and Anthony Tolliver, Kyle Korver and Paul Silas are two other notable Bluejays who have been able to extend their NBA careers in addition to Paul Silas and Anthony Tolliver.