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Questions about CJ McCollum (off-season boredom)

I, like many of B'Edgers, have been bored to tears with the end of everything basketball related. While I am somewhat of a fan of NFL, I am nothing more than a okay-lets-watch-a-game-with-a-beer-kind-of-fan. Many sports fans enjoy the mundane sport of baseball, but I'm not here to enrage fellow enthusiasts, that's beyond the point. I am, similar to Stephen Colbert, a feel from the gut type of person (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBRKPoAPXEQ), and my gut is telling me that CJ will do pretty well this next season. Of course this next chapter will bring with it troubles and slumps for McCollum, but I think he will be pretty equipped for what the NBA throws at him.

If summer league showed us anything, it was that CJ doesn't back down, his drive is constant; pushing him further and further to succeed. While his FG% wasn't impressive and he never gave the same "ooooohhhh" moments that Lillard brought us last summer league, CJ still did enough to let us breath a sigh of relief, of sorts, as to taking him at 10th in the draft. I watched a few of Lillard's S.L. games and they were pretty impressive, of course his cold-blooded nature showed through and he never looked overwhelmed by anything. McCollum's performances were nice to see, helping ease our minds as to the issue of bench scoring for this next season. However it doesn't seem that he has that assassin mentality that one could see in Lillard through S.L. '12, or even James Harden stepping off the bench in OKC.

What do you see McCollum becoming while in Portland? What do you think his stat line will become? I have heard some sites throw out the possibility that CJ becomes a Jason Terry/Jamal Crawford type player, which I think would work well what Portland needs. If he is able to come in and produce 10+ points with a couple of rebounds and few assists mixed in, I would gauge him as a success. What are your thoughts on the matter?

Please discuss! I need my basketball fix!

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