CJ McCollum

Christian James McCollum (POR) – “CJ” nike

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PORGuard: 6’4, 200 lbs; 5th year, Lehigh 

NBA Role: explosive, outside-scoring two guard • Top DOG

The league’s Most Improved Player in 2016, CJ McCollum’s a budding superstar in PDX; after patiently waiting for minutes during the LMA era, CJ now finds himself in a leading role on a young playoff team; shifty scorer, deadly breakdown attack – CJ can generate a clean look anytime he wants; potent threat off the dribble – leans on step backs (going left), floating Js, runners & ‘great escape’ buckets*; – and if that’s not enough, he shoots 42% on treys; still rounding out other areas – stronger defense and better decision-making (Terry Stotts relies on CJ to run the things once Dame rests to start the 2nd quarter) are two areas of improvement; can roll out of bed and drop 20 – but if CJ gets it going early, you’re looking at an easy 35+; hailing from a small school (Lehigh), McCollum always plays w/ a (proverbial) chip on his shoulder; “League’s Best Backcourt” potential w/ Dame Lillard – is POR’s dynamic duo ready to contend?

*CJ does an excellent job of weaving through tight spots

Signature Move: ‘did I do that?’ crossover, step back

(*factory setting*) NBA 2K17 Rating: 83


Couple DOG Facts:

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Career: 15.9 points/game, 2.8 assists/game, 46% FG

Most Improved Player (2016)

2x Patriot League Player of the Year (’10, ’12)

More on “CJ”

  • “Opening Salvo” – CJ McCollum kicked off the 2015-16 campaign w/ a bang (via DownToBuck; Oct. 2015):