CJ McCollum
CJ McCollum
28-Year-Old GuardG
Portland Trail Blazers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
McCollum's per-game averages dipped, albeit only slightly, across several categories in 2018-19. In fact, he managed his lowest assists (3.0), steals (0.8) and minutes (33.9) averages since he was a sophomore back in 2014-15 and posted his lowest scoring average (21.0) since his first year as a full-time starter (2015-16). McCollum also failed to appear in at least 80 games for the first time since his sophomore year. With that being said, he stepped up per usual in the playoffs when afforded a heavier dose of playing time, helping lead the Trail Blazers to the Western Conference Finals. Dealing Evan Turner for Kent Bazemore this offseason replaces a ball-dominant point forward with a low-usage and complementary veteran wing who capably spaces the floor from beyond the arc, perhaps opening up more opportunities for McCollum to initiate the offense, and thus increase his production in the points and dimes departments. Even if Portland is able to keep McCollum's minutes in check during the regular season once again, which may not be a given due to the Western Conference's incredible depth of potential playoff contenders, the soon-to-be 28-year-old combo guard is likely entering the prime of his career and remains an excellent option across all fantasy formats. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $100 million contract extension with the Trail Blazers in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Christian James McCollum, the younger son of Kathy Andrews and Errick McCollum, was born in 1991 in Canton, Ohio. McCollum's older brother Errick has played nine seasons of professional basketball overseas - and, as of late 2019, stars in Russia for VTB League club Unics Kazan. McCollum attended Glen Oak High School in Plain Township where he played with former Sacramento King Kosta Koufos. As a four-year journalism major at Lehigh, he is a contributing editor for the Players' Tribune and has written multiple articles for the site. He's also done work for Sports Illustrated for Kids and NBA.com. McCollum has partnered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Portland Metro to form the CJ McCollum Dream Center Initiative, which aims to create "safe spaces for young people to learn, explore, create, and grow". The first such Center opened in Nov. 2016, outfitted with culturally relevant books and technologies and placing an emphasis on child literacy. McCollum also started CJ's Press Pass, a journalism-based mentorship program which works with 30 students a year, connecting them with professionals in and around the Portland area and giving them mentorship and feedback on their work. You can follow CJ McCollum on Twitter @CJMcCollum and on Instagram @3jmccollum.

College/International Summary

McCollum enjoyed a prolific four-year career at Lehigh, where he was a three-time First Team All-Patriot League selection. As a freshman in 2009-10, McCollum became the first player in conference history to be named both the Patriot League Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year by averaging 19.1 points, to go with 5.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game. As a sophomore, his scoring average jumped to 21.8 points per game - good for first in the conference and 10th in the country. As a junior, McCollum once again claimed top league honors, as he led the conference in scoring at 21.9 PPG and ranked second in rebounding at 6.5 RPG. As the MVP of the Patriot League Tournament, he led Lehigh to the NCAA Tournament and they knocked off Duke in Round 1 thanks to McCollum's 30 points, six rebounds and six assists. His senior season was cut short by a broken foot, which limited him to just 12 appearances. Prior to the injury, McCollum was averaging 23.9 points per game along with 5.0 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.4 steals.

Extends impressive scoring streak
GPortland Trail Blazers
March 11, 2020
McCollum scored 22 points (9-20 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT) while adding six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 121-105 win over the Suns.
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McCollum extended his stellar run of form since the All-Star break, and he's averaging 28.8 points, 7.3 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game in his last 10 outings. His numbers could decrease a bit with the return of Damian Lillard, but McCollum should be trusted as a premium scoring source moving forward if he keeps playing like this.
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2013

CJ McCollum was drafted in the first round (10th overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. As a rookie out of Lehigh, McCollum appeared in 38 games, averaging 5.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 12.5 minutes per contest. A fractured left foot sidelined McCollum to begin the year, causing him to miss the first 34 games. He made his NBA debut against the Magic on Jan. 8, finishing with four points, two rebounds and one steal in a 16-point victory. Three days later, McCollum scored in double-digits for the first time, putting up 10 points in a win over Boston. He scored a season-high 19 points against the Timberwolves on Feb. 8, hitting 6-of-12 field goal attempts and 3-of-6 three-pointers. In the playoffs, McCollum saw action in one of the Blazers' first-round games against Houston. In Round 2 against the Spurs, McCollum appeared in every game, logging 24 total minutes. He scored a playoff-high four points in Game 3 of the series.

2014

In his second NBA season, CJ McCollum appeared in 62 games, making three starts and averaging 15.7 minutes per game. He translated that to 6.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game. The shooting guard missed 14 games in November and December due to a fractured his right index finger. McCollum scored a season-high 27 points against the Lakers on Apr. 3, part of a late-season run that saw him average 17.3 points per contest over a seven-game span between Apr. 1 and Apr. 11. In a matchup against the Jazz on Apr. 11, McCollum went for 26 points and a season-high eight rebounds. He also added a season-high three steals. McCollum hit multiple three-pointers in 16 contests, and he hit three three-pointers four times, including in November wins over Dallas and Denver. In the postseason, McCollum saw action in all five of the Blazers' first-round games against Memphis. In Game 3 of the series, McCollum had 26 points and four rebounds. In Game 5, he finished with 33 points on 12-of-20 shooting, including 7-of-11 from beyond the arc.

2015

McCollum took a huge step forward in his third NBA season, establishing himself as a reliable starter and scorer in Portland. After starting just three games total across his first two seasons, the Lehigh product logged a career-high 80 starts. His minutes more than doubled as well, going from 15.7 per game to 34.8, and he dropped a career-high 20.8 points per contest. McCollum improved his three-point shooting for the third straight year, knocking down 41.7 percent of his shots from deep. The 24-year-old also improved at the free-throw line, going from 69.9 percent in 2014-2015 to 82.7 percent in 2015-2016. The combination of strong three-point shooting and the ability to consistently knock down free throws turned McCollum into a deadly backcourt partner for star guard Damian Lillard, who led the Trail Blazers with 25.1 points per game. McCollum exploded for a season-high 37 points on 14-of-22 shooting in a win over New Orleans on Oct. 28. He went for 30 or more points on seven other occasions. In addition to increasing his scoring, McCollum also set new career highs with 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. The young guard had a season-high 10 assists in a double-double on Nov. 30. McCollum recorded a season-best 11 rebounds in his other double-double, which came on Dec. 27 against Sacramento. That game might have been his best overall effort of the season, as McCollum added 35 points, nine assists and four steals in a dominating performance.

2016

McCollum started 80 games for the second consecutive season during the 2016-2017 campaign and averaged a career-high 23.0 points per contest. He finished 20th in the NBA in scoring. McCollum shot a career-best 48.0 percent overall, including 42.1 percent from three-point range. He led the NBA in free-throw percentage, hitting 91.2 percent of his shots from the foul line. McCollum poured in a career-best 43 points at Minnesota on New Year's Day. He scored at least 30 points on 14 different occasions. McCollum was certainly no one-trick pony, though, as he also managed 3.6 assists and a career-high 3.6 rebounds per contest. McCollum appeared in all four of Portland's playoff games, which included a 41-point effort in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals versus the Golden State Warriors. He also scored 32 points in Game 3.

2017

McCollum's fifth season in the NBA saw him play in a career-high 81 regular-season games, missing only the season opener due to suspension. The Lehigh product averaged 36.1 minutes, 21.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.0 steal. He scored a career-high 50 points in a 124-108 win against Chicago on January 31 despite playing just three quarters in the game. He also set a franchise record by scoring 28 points in the first quarter of that contest. McCollum posted a perfect night from the free-throw line against Philadelphia on December 28, draining 14 of 14 attempts on his way to a 34-point night. McCollum also scored 42 points on March 28 against Memphis, and he notched a double-double against Utah on Nov. 1 with 16 points and 10 boards. He finished seventh in the league in field goals made with 667. McCollum scored 38 points in Game 4 of his team's playoff series against the Pelicans.

2018

McCollum put together another strong season as a complementary option to backcourt mate Damian Lillard. McCollum averaged 21.0 points per game, finishing second on the team behind Lillard's 25.8 per game. McCollum has averaged between 20 and 23 points per game in each of the last four seasons, displaying remarkable consistency as a scorer. He continued to excel from three-point range, averaging 2.4 made 3-pointers per game on 37.5 percent shooting from beyond the arc. The Lehigh product also made a career-best 6.3 two-pointers per game and tied his career high by shooting 50.6 percent from inside the arc. McCollum knocked down 82.8 percent of his free throws, which was in line with his career mark of 83.9 percent from the free-throw line. The 28-year-old added 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. He eclipsed 40 points twice and scored at least 30 points 12 times. McCollum registered his first career triple-double, going for 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over Atlanta on Jan. 26. He took his game to another level in the playoffs, scoring 24.7 points per game over 16 games as the Trail Blazers advanced to the Western Conference Finals. He added one more 40-point performance in the playoffs and three more 30-point performances. McCollum ranked 26th in the NBA in scoring average and 22nd in minutes per game. He was named the Western Conference Player of the Week (Nov. 5 to Nov. 11) for the first time in his career.

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Transaction History
  • June 27, 2013
    Drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft.
  • July 11, 2013
    Signed a rookie contract with the Portland Trail Blazers
  • July 27, 2016
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers
  • July 30, 2019
    Signed a three-year contract extension with the Portland Trail Blazers.
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McCollum’s offensive metrics actually saw a slight downturn last season, although his numbers still rendered him a top-10 option at shooting guard in Fantasy circles. The 2013 first-round pick averaged 21.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.0 steal across 36.1 minutes over 81 games, shooting 44.3 percent from the field, including 39.7 percent from distance. He also encouragingly took a career-high 18.6 shot attempts per contest, helping lead to a robust 26.5 percent usage rate. With the Blazers projected to likely return the same starting five, there’s little doubt that the Portland offense should largely run through the backcourt once again this season. That should leave McCollum poised for another large workload, one that’s helped him generate near-elite numbers out of the two-guard spot over the last three campaigns. Moreover, at least a slight improvement on a free-throw rate that dropped from 2016-17’s 91.2 percent to 83.6 percent last season would bump McCollum’s value up another notch.
In his second full season as Portland's starting shooting guard and complement to superstar Damian Lillard in the backcourt, McCollum continued to show why the Trail Blazers gave him a four-year, $106 million extension on his rookie contract. While the team as a whole didn't perform up to expectations and were sent packing in the first round of the NBA playoffs, McCollum provided some optimism for the future by further sharpening his already stellar shooting stroke. After going 44.8 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from the three-point line during the 2015-16 campaign, McCollum significantly improved from the field with an impressive 48 percent clip, while also showing a slight improvement in his deep ball at 42.1 percent. That translated to a career-high 23.0 points per game, which he supplemented with 3.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.3 three-pointers across 35.0 minutes. With the shooting guard position usually lacking in terms of high upside Fantasy targets, McCollum should once again be a top option looking ahead. He's well documented for his contributions in both the scoring and three-pointers made categories, but McCollum is still solid elsewhere in terms of his boards and assists, especially in comparison to other shooting guards across the league. Locked into a mid-30's workload, the 25-year-old McCollum should have every opportunity to improve on his numbers yet again in 2017-18, which is only further strengthened by the fact that the Trail Blazers didn't bring in any other big name free agents during the offseason.
Following a huge showing in the 2015 NBA Playoffs, McCollum’s production was expected to take a quantum leap in 2015-16 while he displaced the departed Wesley Matthews as the Blazers’ starting shooting guard. The 2013 lottery pick somehow ended up being even better than advertised, churning out averages of 20.8 points (on 44.8% shooting from the field), 4.3 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 2.5 three-pointers and 1.2 steals across 34.8 minutes per game in 80 appearances en route to claiming NBA Most Improved Player honors. McCollum formed a lethal backcourt combination with star point guard Damian Lillard, with his elite 41.7 percent mark from three-point range and top-shelf playmaking skills allowing him to capably pick up the slack when Lillard struggled or missed time due to injury. He’ll probably need to elevate his impact in the defensive categories in order to turn into a true two-way fantasy stud, but McCollum’s overwhelming contributions in terms of points and three-pointers are good enough to make him a safe early-round fantasy selection. After signing McCollum to a four-year, $106 million contract extension in July, the Trail Blazers clearly don’t view the 25-year-old as a flash in the pan, and neither should fantasy owners.
In his second NBA season, McCollum was again afflicted by injury, suffering a fractured right index finger on Nov. 17 that wiped 14 games from the slate. Upon his return, minutes were difficult to come by and all but dried up when Arron Afflalo was acquired at the trade deadline. However, McCollum's late-season resurgence was spurred by Wesley Matthews' torn Achilles on Mar. 5, after which he played a vital role for the next 21 games, averaging 10.9 points (on 48 percent shooting), 2.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.1 three-pointers, and 1.0 steal in 22 minutes. When Afflalo has hindered by a sore shoulder in the postseason, McCollum was further pushed into the spotlight, displaying dynamic scoring acumen with at least 18 points and multiple three-pointers in each of the Blazers' final three playoff contests against the Grizzlies. Before Matthews bolted to the Mavericks in free agency, Blazers general manager Neil Olshey dealt fellow veteran wing Nicolas Batum to Charlotte for shooting guard Gerald Henderson, who started 262 of his final 280 games with the Bobcats. With a contingency plan in place in case Matthews opted for a change, Henderson was seemingly in line to begin the upcoming campaign in the starting five, but offseason hip surgery put a potential damper on that projection. Boosting McCollum's own cause was a vote of confidence from Olshey, who mentioned the third-year pro alongside Damian Lillard as the foundation of the Blazers' backcourt. If the preceding comes to pass, McCollum would be worthy of a late-round flier in standard formats.
The Blazers' first-round pick from the 2013 NBA Draft, CJ McCollum's rookie season got off to a bumpy start after he broke the fifth metatarsal in his left foot early in training camp. His NBA debut was pushed back to Jan. 8, after which he logged time in 38 of the Blazers' final 47 contests. Outside of scoring, his production was mostly unremarkable - 5.3 points (on 42-percent shooting), 1.3 rebounds, 0.8 three-pointers, and 0.7 assists in 13 minutes per game - but the exchange of Mo Williams for Steve Blake in free agency could provide McCollum with a more direct path to act as Damian Lillard's primary backup. During his second dose of the Las Vegas Summer League in July, McCollum again showed off his scoring prowess, averaging 20.2 points and 2.0 three-pointers in 33 minutes per game. However, since facilitating isn't really his thing, with 10 total dimes through five contests, McCollum may be asked to play off the ball when on the court once the upcoming season commences.
After striking gold with their first-round selection of Damian Lillard out of tiny Weber State last season, the Blazers went back to the small-college pool to nab another guard in this summer's draft, choosing McCollum out of Lehigh. Despite his small-school credentials, McCollum came up big time for the Blazers in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 21.0 points and 3.4 assists per game, though it came on a less-than-stellar 37 percent shooting mark from the field. Still, the performance demonstrated McCollum's capabilities as a dynamic scorer, a role the Blazers envision him filling during the regular season as their sixth man. Bench scoring was a major weakness for the Blazers last season and often resulted in bloated minute totals for Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews, so if McCollum continues to transition well to the increased level of competition, coach Terry Stotts should hand him plenty of playing time to keep the starters fresh. Though he should see most of his action at shooting guard, the Blazers plan to give him some time running the point as well, which would provide more opportunities to gather assists.
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Produces 19 points in loss
GPortland Trail Blazers
March 8, 2020
McCollum generated 19 points (7-15 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 4-6 FT), six assists, four rebounds and two steals across 34 minutes in Saturday's 123-11 loss to the Kings.
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Close to double-double
GPortland Trail Blazers
March 7, 2020
McCollum delivered 25 points (10-20 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), eight assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block in 39 minutes during Friday's 127-117 loss at Phoenix.
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Goes for 22 in win
GPortland Trail Blazers
March 5, 2020
McCollum had 22 points (9-18 FG, 2-7 3PT, 2-4 FT), six rebounds and five assists in Wednesday's win over Washington.
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Lights up Magic for 41
GPortland Trail Blazers
March 2, 2020
McCollum scored a game-high 41 points (14-24 FG, 6-12 3Pt, 7-7 FT) while adding five rebounds, five assists and a steal in 36 minutes during Monday's 130-107 win over the Magic.
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Posts 35 points during loss
GPortland Trail Blazers
March 1, 2020
McCollum collected 35 points (14-26 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 4-6 FT), five rebounds, five assists and two steals across 39 minutes during Saturday's 129-117 loss to the Hawks.
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