McDermott contributed 11 points (4-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), two rebounds and one steal over 30 minutes in Thursday's 104-103 win over the Celtics.
While he wasn't at his most efficient from the floor, McDermott still posted his fourth straight double-digit scoring effort, and seventh in the last nine games overall. The 25-year-old has upped his scoring averages in each month of the season thus far, and is now tallying 11.0 points across an average of 21.6 minutes in eight February games. With Dwyane Wade out of the lineup in four of the last five games, McDermott has upped his involvement overall, sporting a solid 20.8 percent usage rate during that stretch while also taking double-digit shot attempts in three straight games.
McDermott posted 20 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and one assist across 32 minutes during a 105-94 win over the Raptors on Tuesday.
The return to the bench did not hurt McDermott as the 20-point effort marked his third-highest scoring output of the season. This marks three consecutive games in double figures for McDermott, so his value has been trending up slightly recently. But part of that is due to the team's plethora of injuries. When Nikola Mirotic (back), Dwyane Wade (wrist) and Paul Zipser (ankle) return to action, McDermott's value will likely take a hit.
McDermott is expected to return to the bench for Tuesday's game against the Raptors, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
With both Dwyane Wade (wrist) and Jimmy Butler (heel) missing Sunday's game against the Timberwolves, McDermott was thrust into the starting lineup at small forward. He ended up playing 29 minutes, while posting 16 points (6-15 FG, 4-7 3Pt), one rebound, two assists and two turnovers. However, with Butler slated to rejoin the starting lineup Tuesday against the Raptors, McDermott should move back to the bench, which likely means a drop in playing time to minutes in the low 20's.
McDermott will start at small forward in Sunday's game against the Timberwolves, Vincent Goodwill of CSN Chicago reports.
The Bulls are without Jimmy Butler (heel), Dwyane Wade (wrists), Nikola Mirotic (back) and Paul Zipser (ankle, illness) for Sunday's game, so as one of the few healthy wings left standing, McDermott will be appointed into the starting five. While the promotion should come with an expanded workload, McDermott's DFS upside is somewhat limited, as he typically only contributes in terms of scoring and three-pointers. He's averaging a meager 3.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.2 steals and 0.1 blocks in 24.0 minutes per game on the season.
McDermott posted four points (2-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt) with one assist in 17 minutes off the bench in Wednesday's 123-92 loss against the Warriors.
McDermott was on his way to more minutes with Paul Zipser (ankle) checking out early, but he picked up three quick fouls to keep him nailed to the bench. If Jimmy Butler (heel) and Dwyane Wade (illness) need to miss more time, McDermott could have some short-term fantasy appeal.
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