Bulls guard Jimmy Butler is still only halfway through the expected three to four-week recovery time for his strained left knee. And since he went down earlier this month, the team has had to rely heavily on role players in order to stay afloat in the Eastern Conference playoff race. One of those players has been Doug McDermott, the second-year forward, who has seen both his playing time and production increase to levels previously unseen since the Bulls traded for him as the 11th overall pick in the 2014 Draft.
Last Friday, he scored a game-high 30 points on 13-of-17 shooting in the Bulls’ 10-point win over the Raptors. He followed that up with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting in Sunday’s win over the Lakers. Then, in Wednesday night’s 109-104 victory over the Wizards, he had his third-straight night of efficient production, which just so happened to coincide with the Chicago’s third-straight win.
Oh, yeah, and he also showed off an ability to do this:
Based on some of the reactions afterwards, it seems as though people weren’t aware he was even capable of such athleticism. He certainly caught the eye of at least one Bulls legend:
Others, however, were less impressed:
“Good for a white boy” is still a compliment, right?
That wasn’t even McBuckets’ last dunk of the night. Look at this rim rattler:
Jimmy’s just pissed Doug might’ve inherited the “best dunker on the team” title.
(H/T Sheridan Hoops)