Predicting the Cavs’ top catch-and-shoot players for next season

Cleveland Cavaliers wing Dylan Windler shoots the ball. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers wing Dylan Windler shoots the ball. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Doug McDermott, Cleveland Cavaliers
Indiana Pacers forward Doug McDermott shoots the ball. (Photo by Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports) /

Predicting the Cavs’ top catch-and-shoot threats for 2021-22: Doug McDermott

If the Cavaliers were to look towards free agency to add other catch-and-shoot players, a great option would be the Indiana Pacers’ Doug McDermott.

The 29-year-old had a career year for Indiana this season posting career-highs in points, rebounds and tying his career-high in three-point attempts. With the Pacers regressing this season and talks of seemingly a potential fire sale, the chances of McDermott re-signing may be slim.

With the career year he had, McDermott’s market will be high with other teams having more to offer to McDermott. But if the Cavs are able to luck out on the sharpshooter, he would immediately become the team’s best bench shooter and would receive his considerable chunk of minutes one would assume.

Similar to Windler, McDermott is best shooting off-movement, getting three-point looks off down-screens, handoffs and in transition.

Oddly enough, this season was by far the lowest amount of three-point catch-and-shoot looks for McDermott’s with 32.6 percent of his shots coming from this area, per’s shot tracking data. It should also be worth adding that McDermott had a career-high in the percentage of his field goals that came off one dribble with 24.7 percent.

Looking at these numbers, this shows that McDermott doesn’t look to settle and tries to find the best shot that he can.

As hinted at earlier, if signed, McDermott will more than likely come off the bench with him and Windler having the potential to be a great shooting duo together. As the Cavs look to add more facilitators, they could look to add McDermott’s teammate in T.J. McConnell to add some familiarity alongside the sharpshooter, although that might be wishful thinking, admittedly.

And lastly, we’ll examine how a potential 2021 NBA Draft selection by Cleveland could aid their perimeter shooting efforts.