Sports Illustrated Compares Doug McDermott to Larry Bird by Recreating Classic 1977 Cover (Pic)
In college basketball, it’s the flashy guys who play just one or two years at big-name programs that get all the hype. We tend to write off guys who play four years of college ball, the logic being, “if they’re so great, why are they still here?”
However, that logic is pretty faulty. Not everyone develops at the same rate, and our assessment of talent can be pretty myopic. Tim Duncan played four years of college ball, as did Steve Nash. And I’m pretty sure those two guys are going to be inducted into the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame not long after they retire.
So why do I bring all this up? As a way to introduce the idea, championed this week by Luke Winn of Sports Illustrated and Scoop Jackson of ESPN, that Creighton’s Doug McDermott is in fact the best player in the country. Because you know what? They’re probably right.
You could have dismissed McDermott last year, or the year before, or the year before that, because his Blue Jays played in the mid-major Missouri Valley Conference. However, this year Creighton joined the new Big East, and all the 6’8″ McDermott did was lead the nation in scoring with 26.5 points per game, moving into 7th place on the NCAA all-time scoring list and becoming just the 8th person in NCAA history to reach the 3,000 point plateau.
So is it really a stretch for SI to compare this kid to Larry Bird on this week’s cover?
Only if you aren’t paying attention. If you are, you already know that this kid is for real.