McDermott played at Creighton from 2010-14 and left as the most decorated men’s basketball player in school history. He ranks fifth in NCAA history with 3,150 career points and swept 14 National Player of the Year awards as a senior. McDermott was a three-time conference player of the year and became the first male in 30 years to be named a First Team All-American three straight seasons by the Associated Press.
McDermott was drafted 11th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, then traded an hour later to the Chicago Bulls. McDermott will wear No. 3 with the Bulls.
Kyle Korver, Anthony Tolliver and Doug McDermott will open the 2014-15 season in the National Basketball Association when their teams debut on Wednesday. Korver is back with the Atlanta Hawks, Tolliver joined the Phoenix Suns in the off-season, and McDermott embarks on his pro career with Chicago Bulls after a draft day trade from Denver.
Korver played at Creighton from 1999-2003 and was succeeded by Tolliver, who played for the Bluejays from 2003-07. In 2012-13 they were teammates with the Hawks, where they became CU’s first alums who were NBA teammates since 1970, as well as becoming the first Bluejay alums to start an NBA game as teammates.
Korver begins his 12th year in the NBA and third with the Hawks. Known as one of the elite long-distance shooters in the NBA, Korver ranks 22nd in NBA history with 1,508 career three-pointers and is 11th in league history with his 42.49 percent marksmanship from three-point range. The only other player in league history with at least 1,500 treys and 42 percent accuracy is Steve Nash.
Korver’s 53.6 percent marksmanship from three-point range in 2009-10 remains an NBA record for a season, smashing a mark held by noted sniper Steve Kerr. Last season, Korver smashed the NBA record with a 127 game streak with a 3-point basket obliterating the Hawks franchise mark of 42 and the previous NBA mark of 89 formerly held by Dana Barros. He also led the NBA by shooting 47.2 percent from long-range in 2013-14.
For his NBA career, Korver has scored 7,967 points (third-most among Creighton basketball alumni) in 809 games (9.8 ppg.). He has also made 88.0 percent of his career free throws.
Korver wears No. 26 with the Hawks.
Tolliver enters his first year with Phoenix after also spending time with the Cleveland, San Antonio, Portland, New Orleans, Golden State, Minnesota, Atlanta and Charlotte organizations in his career.
Creighton fans who remember Tolliver as an inside force may be surprised to learn of his perimeter game. More than 51 percent of his shots have come from behind the NBA three-point arc, and he has made 35.2 percent of those shots from downtown. Last season he made 41.3 percent of his three-point tries, ranking 15th in the NBA. Tolliver has also sunk 78.4 percent of his shots at the line and owns 282 career assists (against just 196 turnovers), 108 blocks and 117 steals.
Tolliver went undrafted and spent time in the NBA D-League and Germany before becoming an NBA regular. He will switch to wearing No. 40 with the Suns.
Including 2014-15, Creighton has now had an NBA player in 31 of the last 32 years, and 48-of-51 seasons since 1964-65.
The last time Creighton had three (or more) NBA players on rosters at the same time was the 1969-70 season, when Paul Silas, Neil Johnson, Bob Portman and Wally Anderzunas were active at the same time.
Story courtesy of GoCreighton.com