The Portland Trail Blazers stand at 12-7 after 19 games, right around the quarter pole of the 2018-19 NBA Regular Season. Their start has been full of amazing offensive performances and individual heroics, coupled with a few letdowns.
As we reach the quarter point of the season, we’re examining the best (and a tad bit of worst) so far. We’ll have articles through the day, each covering a single category. We’ll list our vote for the player who most exemplifies the category at hand. You add, augment, or disagree in the comment section.
This post covers the most disappointing player so far. With the hot start—and with Evan Turner finally cast in a suitable role—finding a suitable candidate is difficult. But there’s one Trail Blazers player who has been asked about, debated over, and questioned almost constantly since the first week of the season: CJ McCollum. If 21.3 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field, 38.1% from the arc is disappointing, a WHOLE LOT of teams would love to be disappointed by their shooting guard. McCollum remains one of the best scorers in the league. Dude just won Western Conference Player of the Week, for Pete’s sake. But the Blazers changed the game on CJ a little bit this year, playing him alongside Damian Lillard instead of staggering the two. This has taken away some of McCollum’s ball handling and free-form shooting opportunities. He’s taken a bit to adjust.
Obviously Moe Harkless has had a rougher start to his year, but it doesn’t seem right to dock a guy for injuries. So for now, McCollum is it. Odds are that will change by the halfway mark of the season.
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