July 19, 2013 at 2:16 am #10673
Spot to talk about CJ’s Blazers summer league experience.July 19, 2013 at 2:20 am #10674
Don’t know who else is watching NBAtv, but I’m concerned about what I’m seeing. They are asking CJ to play the 1, and IMO, it’s not going well. Shooting % is awful. He’s not a 1, he’s a 2. If they don’t make an adjustment, I’m worried about the future outlook. It feels like they’re trying to give him “his chance”, but it’s not in his natural role. Honestly, if he were not a lottery pick, I’d be worried about him making the team. Short of a MAJOR adjustment, I think CJ is looking at some DL time.July 19, 2013 at 2:24 am #10675
Overall…he did well. Still has things to work on though.
He doesn’t seem to be shooting well until deep into the games. He is doing a great job at getting good looks. Just not hitting them. It will come.
Still rebounds well for a guard..averaged 4/game
Summer League is not a passing league so I’m not sure how well CJ is acclimating as a PG but is definitely shoot first/pass later as of now.
One thing is evident though, the Trailblazers played much better when he is on the floor. Second game in a row his =/- well above the rest of the team. End of 1 tonight, they are up 5, CJ sits for 6 minutes and the Sun goes on a 33-8 run…ouch.July 19, 2013 at 3:23 am #10678
I watched 3 of the 5 games. Don’t jump
Although CJs shooting % was low (about 37%), it was not from a lack of getting good looks. He was 2nd in the summer league in scoring and one of only a handful of rookies in the Top 25.He averaged over 4 rbs per/ g and nearly 4 assists. He is well ahead of all the other rookies.
Is he where he wants to be…no. His low shooting % is not from a lack of good looks. He is simply missing shots early in games.Remember, he hasn’t played live since early January.
Portland already has a great PG. Lilliard isn’t playing summer league. CJ is there fore the only option at the #1. He will be asked to spell Dame and play along side him as a 2. He will be fine. Portland has big plans for him.July 19, 2013 at 4:50 am #10679
He’ll be just fine. That was their 5th game in 6 nights and he is leading the SL in minutes so far, fatigue may be a factor. Also his first 5v5 games since January.
Don’t read too deeply into summer league shooting percentages. I remember when Kevin Durant shot a poor percentage in Summer League, and he seems to be doing OK now. Most important thing is he has proven he can find space to get his shot off, can handle the ball full time, and play defense against NBA guys.
A lot of the issues you might see will be alleviated playing alongside better teammates (like the rookie of the year from last season, Damian Lillard). Problem with this setting is a lot of these guys won’t be playing many minutes this fall; a lot of them won’t be on rosters at all.
Got to watch in person vs. the Suns while in Vegas last Saturday (his best shooting performance.) Definitely stronger physically than he was at Lehigh. CJ’s really their only PG getting a lot of run, so they don’t have many ball handlers to take some pressure away. All of the NBA people with whom I spoke (including Lillard) are impressed. Looking forward to tomorrow!
July 19, 2013 at 12:56 pm #10681
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Thanks for the input kbrissy,
Just an update after the late games.
CJ McCollum is #1 now in the summer league in scoring
He is also tied for #18 in Assists and appears to be one of the best rebounding guards in the league.
He’s doing just fine. His stroke will come.July 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm #10683
nice article here that pretty much summarizes what we talked about here. overall, very positive signs but a few things he’ll have to work on (and will work on.)July 23, 2013 at 12:36 am #10714
Alright,I’m over my freakout now Thanks for talking me down guys! I’m just so eager to see CJ succeed at the next level, and it felt like the Blazers weren’t doing it right! I don’t think I ever watched summer league games before, so I had no basis for comparison. Looking back on it now, I know you guys are right about reading too much into it. Most trips, it didn’t look like they even got into an offense.
I also understand that they needed to see CJ do a lot of different stuff. I’m just eager to see him get the opportunity to shoot in rhythm more often. The 3 to send the last game into OT was the stuff. Looked smooth, confident – and then the swagger!
Agree with kbrissy too – he did show that he could get his shot off, even without offense creating options. If he does get some minutes along side Lillard, he should get a lot more in-rhythm looks, too.July 23, 2013 at 2:33 am #10716
If it makes you feel even a bit better……July 23, 2013 at 3:08 am #10717
Watched lots of summer league for the 1st time. Hard to gauge but from a layman’s point of view , CJ seemed to adapt very well . He will score rest of his game will come. I can only see an upside to his career.
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