2013 NBA Draft: C.J. McCollum Could Wind Up With Sacramento Kings

By John Raffel
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Spo

C.J. McCollum could wind up playing for the Sacramento Kings after the 2013 NBA Draft is conducted.

If he plays for the Kings, it will be interesting to see how close he comes to the scoring average that he posted this past season for Lehigh. Not many observers expect him to repeat those figures, but others wouldn’t be surprised if McCollum at least comes close. He has the skills that could transfer over to the NBA level — at least that’s what the Kings are hoping if they decide to make McCollum their top pick.

Shooting guard isn’t necessarily the top need for the Kings but if McCollum is available, they might not be able to pass him over simply because of the talent he can give the ballclub. They might trade another one of their guards for an inside player from another team. What Sacramento coaches would like about McCollum is that he is a big man but very versatile as he can score with his back to the basket, and he’s solid around the perimeter.

Others who have watched McCollum are impressed with how he handles the ball in the transition. He has quickness that’s top notch for a guard. He’s also able to pick up many steals, another aspect of his career that is giving him a good reputation.

In his senior season, McCollum averaged 23.0 points, 2.9 assist and 5.9 rebounds a game. His shooting for a guard was outstanding with a 49.5 percent clip from the floor, 51.6 percent in threes and 84.9 percent from the free throw line.

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