Knicks forward Doug McDermott is playing for his fourth coach in four NBA seasons, but this stop in New York could be a turn in the right direction for the former Creighton sharp shooter.
McDermott, who was traded to the Knicks in the Carmelo Anthony deal, has ties to head coach Jeff Hornacek, The World's Most Famous Arena and one young teammate.
Hornacek is familar with McDermott's family as Doug's dad, Greg, was the former coach at Hornacek's alma mater Iowa State. In addition to the family ties, McDermott worked out for Hornacek's Suns before the 2014 NBA Draft.
"Doug has always been impressed with Coach Hornacek,'' Greg said in a report from The Post. "When coming out of college, he was really impressed with him and the way (Phoenix) played and is excited about that. It certainly helps feeling comfortable with him and having a coach in his corner."
The Knicks' new system could help the forward take the next step in his NBA career, but the Madison Square Garden arena also could be a factor.
As a senior at Creighton, McDermott set a Big East Tournament record by scoring 27 first half points against DePaul. He finished with 35 points and helped lead the Bluejays to the conference tournament title game in The World's Most Famous Arena.
Finally, McDermott also had battles with current teammate Ron Baker in Creighton's Missouri Valley Conference days. Baker was a member of the Wichita State Shockers at the time.
McDermott landed in New York on Saturday, along with Enes Kanter and a 2nd round pick, as the Knicks shipped Anthony to Oklahoma City to play for the Thunder.