CJ McCollum speaks following activation
Portland Trail Blazers rookie guard CJ McCollum has been informed he’ll be activated for Tuesday’s road game against the Sacramento Kings, a source informed CSNNW.com.
However, the plan is to bring him along slowly being that Portland is out to an impressive 26-8 start.
After a two-game stint with the team’s NBA Development League affiliate, the Idaho Stampede, it was apparent that McCollum’s broken left foot is a thing of the past. To come into a league that is midway through the season and post numbers of 14 and 24 points respectively is quite the accomplishment.
But it was how he did it. He got to the spots he wanted to get at on the court. His pick-and-roll game is polished and he’s an excellent ball handler.
McCollum’s style of play adds another dimension for Portland that they currently do not have at the two-guard position. He can create shots for himself and teammates. He’s excellent at penetrating off a live dribble or in the triple threat position. And he’s smart.
Nevertheless, we must keep in mind that there is a tremendous difference from D-League competition and the NBA. There’s going to be a learning curve for the 21-year old lottery pick out of Lehigh University. To expect a player who hasn’t played in a meaningful game in almost a year to come in and light it up wouldn’t be fair.
He’ll eventually get his opportunity and I suspect he’ll succeed. But it’s going to take patience.