Christian James McCollum (born September 19, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). During his third year in the league in 2015–16, he was named the NBA Most Improved Player.
McCollum with the Trail Blazers in November 2018
|No. 3 – Portland Trail Blazers|
|Born||September 19, 1991|
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|High school||GlenOak (Canton, Ohio)|
|NBA draft||2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall|
|Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers|
|2013–present||Portland Trail Blazers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
McCollum played college basketball for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, and was the Patriot League Men's Basketball Player of the Year in both 2010 and 2012. He was selected by Portland with the 10th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft. After two seasons as a reserve, he became a full-time starter for the Trail Blazers, after making the decision to move to shooting guard.
High school careerEdit
McCollum was greatly undersized as a freshman at GlenOak High School in Canton, Ohio in 2005, standing just 5 feet 2 inches tall. However, he was the beneficiary of a late growth spurt, gaining 5 inches in height by the beginning of his second season and another 4 inches by the start of his junior year — enough size to put him on the radar for college recruitment. In the first game of his junior year, McCollum scored 54 points to set the school's new single game scoring record.
Throughout his high school years McCollum continued to work on his shooting stroke, a successful effort reflected by his 29.3 points per game average during his senior year. McCollum graduated as the leading scorer in Golden Eagles history with 1405 career points and was named the Gatorade Ohio Player of the Year for the 2008–09 season.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
PG / SG
|Canton, Ohio||GlenOak High||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)||165 lb (75 kg)||Sep 17, 2008|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: N/A Rivals: N/A 247Sports: ESPN grade: 83|
|Overall recruiting rankings: ESPN: 91 (PG)|
McCollum, listed at 6'3" and just 165 pounds, came to Lehigh in 2009 and made an instant impact. In his freshman year, McCollum averaged 19.1 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. He made Patriot League history as he was the first freshman to be named conference player of the year. In addition, he was named an AP honorable mention All-American. He led the Mountain Hawks to the 2010 NCAA Tournament, where he scored 26 points in a first-round loss to top seed Kansas.
As a sophomore, McCollum increased his averages to 21.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. However, his shooting percentages and Lehigh's record slipped and McCollum was beaten out for conference player of the year honors by Bucknell's Mike Muscala. He was named first team All-Conference.
As a junior, McCollum was again named Patriot League player of the year and earned his third straight first team all-conference designation.
In the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, McCollum scored a game high 30 points as Lehigh won its first ever NCAA Tournament game, defeating the Duke Blue Devils 75–70, which was only the sixth time in history that a 15th seeded team defeated a 2nd seed.
McCollum's body continued to mature during his college years and he added 30 pounds of muscle during the interval. Although he was already considered a top NBA draft prospect during his junior year, he explained his reasons for continuing his education at Lehigh in an article that he wrote for Sporting News.
On November 25, 2012, McCollum scored 26 points in a 91–77 win over Sacred Heart, surpassing Rob Feaster as the Patriot League's all-time leading scorer. On January 5, 2013, McCollum broke his left foot in a game versus Virginia Commonwealth University, ending his season. He was a 2012–13 Senior CLASS Award finalist. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Lehigh on May 20, 2013.
College awards and honorsEdit
- 2× Patriot League Player of the Year (2010, 2012)
- 3× First Team All-Patriot League (2010–2012)
- 3× Patriot League All-Tournament team (2010–2012)
- Patriot League Tournament MVP (2012)
- Patriot League Rookie of the Year (2010)
- Patriot League's all-time leading scorer (2361 points)
Portland Trail Blazers (2013–present)Edit
Despite his injury ending his career with Lehigh, McCollum became the first Lehigh player ever drafted when he was taken 10th overall in the 2013 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. On July 11, 2013, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Trail Blazers and went on to play for the team in the 2013 NBA Summer League where he averaged 21 points and four rebounds per game.
When the 2013 rookie class convened for its annual photo shoot and filled out its NBA.com Rookie Survey, the class voted McCollum as the co-favorite 2013–14 Rookie of the Year (with Victor Oladipo). McCollum sat out the first six weeks of the season with a foot injury. On January 1, 2014, he was assigned to the Idaho Stampede. After being recalled by the Trail Blazers on January 5, he made his NBA debut three days later, scoring four points in a 110–94 win over the Orlando Magic. On February 8, he scored a season-high 19 points in a 117–110 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
On October 27, 2014, the Trail Blazers exercised their third-year team option on McCollum's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2015–16 season. On April 29, 2015, McCollum scored a then career-high 33 points in Portland's Game 5, first-round playoff loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.
On September 30, 2015, the Trail Blazers exercised their fourth-year team option on McCollum's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2016–17 season. With the departures of Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews and Robin Lopez, McCollum was elevated to the starting shooting guard spot for the 2015–16 season, teaming up with point guard Damian Lillard. On October 28, 2015, McCollum scored a career-high 37 points (including 22 points in the first quarter) in the Trail Blazers' 112–94 season opening win over the New Orleans Pelicans. With an injury to Lillard in late December, McCollum moved over to the point. On December 27, he recorded 35 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in a 98–94 win over the Sacramento Kings. No Blazers player in the previous 29 years had put up numbers similar to McCollum's near triple-double. Clyde Drexler had at least 34 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists on five occasions. McCollum returned to the starting shooting guard on January 4 following the return of Lillard from injury. On February 12, he was named as a participant in the 2016 Three-Point Contest. On April 5, he recorded his eighth 30-point game of the season in a 115–107 win over the Sacramento Kings. McCollum finished the regular season with an average of 20.8 points per game, while Damian Lillard averaged 25.1 – making them the first backcourt in Blazers' history to average 20 or more points apiece. McCollum subsequently earned NBA Most Improved Player honors for the 2015–16 season.
McCollum helped the Trail Blazers defeat the Los Angeles Clippers 4–2 in the first round of the playoffs, but in their second round match-up with the Golden State Warriors, the Trail Blazers were defeated, going down 4–1. In Game 5 of their series with the Warriors, McCollum had his third 27-point game of the playoffs in a 125–121 loss that ended their postseason run.
On July 27, 2016, McCollum signed a four-year contract extension with the Trail Blazers. In the Trail Blazers' season opener on October 25, McCollum scored 25 points in a 113–104 win over the Utah Jazz. Four days later, he recorded 23 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and a career-high three blocks in a 115–113 overtime win over the Denver Nuggets. On November 6, he tied his career high with 37 points in a 100–94 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. On November 20, he scored 33 points and hit a career-high tying six three-pointers in a 129–109 win over the Brooklyn Nets. On December 10, he made a career-high seven three-pointers and had 34 points in a 118–111 loss to the Indiana Pacers. On January 1, 2017, McCollum set a new career high with 43 points in a 95–89 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. On January 13, he scored 26 points in a 115–109 loss to the Orlando Magic, extending his streak to eight consecutive games with at least 25 points—the third-longest in Portland history. Only Geoff Petrie (11 games) and Clyde Drexler (9) have longer streak among Blazer players. On February 7, he scored 32 points, the last two on a runner from the top of the lane with 0.9 seconds left to give the Trail Blazers a 114–113 win over the Dallas Mavericks. On March 28, he had a 39-point effort in a 122–113 win over Denver. The Trail Blazers finished the regular season with a 41–41 record and entered the playoffs as the No. 8 seed.
On April 16, 2017, McCollum scored a playoff career-best 41 points in a 121–109 loss to the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of their first-round series, becoming just the eighth Blazers player with a 40-point playoff performance.
Due to a one-game suspension for leaving the bench area during a preseason game, McCollum missed the Trail Blazers' season opener. In his season debut on October 20, 2017, McCollum scored 28 points on 12-of-18 shooting to lead the Blazers past the Indiana Pacers 114–96. On November 7, 2017, McCollum led Portland with 36 points in a 98–97 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. On November 25, 2017, McCollum scored 26 points, including seven straight during a 10–0 game-closing run, to help the Trail Blazers overcome a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Washington Wizards 108–105. On January 1, 2018, he scored 25 of his 32 points after halftime, including the tiebreaking basket with 56.5 seconds remaining in overtime, to help the Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 124–120. On January 31, 2018, McCollum scored a franchise-record 28 points in the first quarter and finished with a career-high 50 through three periods before heading to the bench, as the Trail Blazers defeated the Bulls 124–108. He joined Damian Lillard, Damon Stoudamire, Brandon Roy, Andre Miller, Clyde Drexler and Geoff Petrie as Trail Blazers players to score 50 points or more. On March 28, 2018, he had a 42-point effort in a 108–103 loss to the Grizzlies. In Game 4 of the Trail Blazers' first-round playoff series against the New Orleans Pelicans, McCollum scored 38 points in a 131–123 loss. The loss eliminated Portland from the playoffs, as they lost the series in a four-game sweep.
On November 6, 2018, McCollum scored 40 points in a 118–103 win over the Milwaukee Bucks. On December 12, he matched his season high with 40 points in a 92–83 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. On December 23 against the Golden State Warriors, McCollum moved past Damon Stoudamire (717) into fifth on the Blazers' career list for 3-pointers. On December 30, he broke out of a six-game funk by hitting 13 of 18 shots in a 35-point performance as the Trail Blazers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 129–95. On January 22, he scored 31 points and made seven 3-pointers in a 123–114 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, thus passing Nicolas Batum (751) for fourth on the franchise's all-time 3-pointers list. On January 26, he recorded his first career triple-double with 28 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in a 120–111 win over the Atlanta Hawks. On March 1, he scored 35 points and matched a career best by making seven 3-pointers in a 119–117 loss to the Toronto Raptors. McCollum missed 10 games over late March and early April with a left knee injury. In Game 3 of the Trail Blazers' second-round playoff series against the Denver Nuggets, McCollum matched his career playoff high with 41 points in a 140–137 quadruple-overtime win. In Game 6, he scored 30 points in a 119–108 win, helping the Trail Blazers tie the series against the Nuggets at 3–3. In the deciding Game 7, he scored a game-high 37 points in a 100–96 win, advancing the Trail Blazers to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000. The Trail Blazers went on to lose the conference finals in a four-game sweep to the Warriors.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|*||Led the league|
McCollum's older brother, Errick, is also a professional basketball player. McCollum is interested in journalism, and has written material for various websites regarding the NBA. He has also interviewed NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.
McCollum is also involved with his community. In 2016, he opened up the CJ McCollum Dream Center, which is an innovative learning room outfitted with new computers, books, art and learning tools, at the Blazers Boys & Girls Club. The Dream Center aims to provide a safe and inspiring space for underserved youth to learn, explore, create and grow. He also takes an interest in local youth journalists through an initiative called CJ's Press Pass. Students receive media credentials and attend a postgame news conference through CJ’s Press Pass, and it provides aspiring journalists the opportunity to attend events with McCollum, receive personalized mentorship from members of the media and to have their work published.
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- "McCollum scores 33 points, Trail Blazers beat Nets 129-109". ESPN.com. November 20, 2016. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
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- "McCollum has 43 points, Trail Blazers top Timberwolves 95-89". ESPN.com. January 1, 2017. Retrieved January 2, 2017.
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- "Blazers hand Suns worst loss ever in season opener, 124-76". ESPN.com. October 18, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
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- "Evans, Conley help Grizzlies hold off Trail Blazers 98-97". ESPN.com. November 7, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
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- "Davis' 47 points leads Pelicans to sweep of Trail Blazers". ESPN.com. April 21, 2018. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
- "McCollum scores 40 as Trail Blazers beat Bucks 118-103". ESPN.com. November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
- "Conley leads late rally as Grizzlies defeat Portland 92-83". ESPN.com. December 12, 2018. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
- "Lillard scores 33, Trail Blazers top Mavericks 121-118 in OT". ESPN.com. December 23, 2018. Retrieved December 24, 2018.
- "McCollum leads Trail Blazers in 129-95 rout of 76ers". ESPN.com. December 30, 2018. Retrieved December 31, 2018.
- "George nets 36, Westbrook 29 as Thunder tops Blazers 123-114". ESPN.com. January 22, 2019. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
- "McCollum has triple-double, Trail Blazers beat Hawks 120-111". ESPN.com. January 26, 2019. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
- "Leonard hits winner, Raptors beat Trail Blazers 119-117". ESPN.com. March 1, 2019. Retrieved March 2, 2019.
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- "Warriors beat Blazers 119-117 in OT for NBA Finals berth". ESPN.com. May 20, 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
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