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Is Portland’s CJ McCollum a Top 5 NBA Shooting Guard?

He scores 20 per game. He has skills to burn. Is CJ one of the best in the league right now?

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On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge Podcast Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang ask if CJ McCollum is a Top 5 shooting guard. They also discuss impending free agency, the next evolution in NBA team building, the Trail Blazers rumored “options”, a few trade suggestions, Blazer5 Gaming on a roll and more!


  • Intro
  • How much did you enjoy the playoffs?
  • Is there a counter to the Warriors?
  • The return of the big man
  • Portland Trail Blazers and the Traded Player Exception
  • Are the options really there or is this more marketing?
  • Blazers deny Pistons the chance to talk to coach Terry Stotts
  • Blazers bringing in free agents Rodney Stuckey and KJ McDaniels
  • Who and what are the Blazers targeting now?
  • A deal in place for Jusuf Nurkic already?
  • Attracting free agents in Portland- is it any different today?
  • Assessing CJ McCollum’s trade value
  • Cavs Nation trade: CJ McCollum and Caleb Swanigan for Kevin Love
  • Don’t blame your bad ideas on NBA2K
  • Outlet passes don’t mean much when no one runs the floor
  • Indy Cornrows CJ McCollum and Evan Turner for Domantas Sabonis, Al Jefferson, Bojan Bogdanovic and a 2019 first round pick
  • No, no, no, no and absolutely not.
  • Is CJ McCollum a Top 5 shooting guard?
  • Dan’s list: James Harden, Klay Thompson, Victor Oladipo, Bradley Beal, Jimmy Butler
  • CJ McCollum, Meyers Leonard and the 24th pick in a 3-way deal nets Portland Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon and John Henson- and why it won’t happen
  • What has happened to McCollum’s trade value- has it dropped or has the perception changed?
  • When does the first trade take place?
  • Blazer5 Gaming wins in-season tournament, looks like the best in the NBA 2K League
  • Closing comments
  • Outro