If the Summer League is a good indication of a draft pick’s potential, the Portland Trail Blazers did an outstanding job by taking C.J. McCollum. Obviously, Summer League isn’t that strong of an indication of how a player will fare in the pros, but when the regular season starts, McCollum can show how ready he is for the NBA.
The Trail Blazers were 1-4 after five games in the Summer League at Las Vegas, and McCollum didn’t disappoint Portland fans. He averaged 22 points, five assists and four rebounds a game for five outings.
It may be Summer League, but this definitely shows he does have the potential to be a strong contributor in the NBA. McCollum told reporters afterwards that he accomplished during Summer League exactly what is expected of rookies: not making the same mistakes twice, getting adjusted to playing with new teammates and learning the ropes of playing in the NBA.
Rookies need to learn in the NBA. McCollum realizes this, and he needs to know what he can and can’t do and where his talents will fit in effectively.
As far as he is concerned, he accomplished plenty during the Summer League. During the days shortly before the NBA draft, the word was that he could be a very effective outside scorer. The Blazers felt he could give them the perimeter attack they badly needed. He showed this summer that this could be the case.
Damian Lillard was a major contributor for the Trail Blazers as a rookie. It appears that McCollum can do likewise.