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Is There Untapped Potential in CJ McCollum?

NBA: Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers Craig Mitchelldyer-USA TODAY Sports

On this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast, Tara Bowen-Biggs and Danny Marang take a minute to celebrate the 2018 Summer League champion Portland Trail Blazers, then it’s time to discuss Portland’s rotation players and what dreams, expectations, and potential growth opportunities are there for the Blazers main contributors returning to the team. How much can someone expect a player like CJ McCollum to grow, where is it most likely to happen? How much more does Damian Lillard have to give? Can Jusuf Nurkic be a 20 and 10 guy nightly? That and more on this week’s episode of the Blazer’s Edge podcast!


  • Intro
  • Opening Comments
  • Summer League Champs
  • Enjoying Lakers exceptionalism being snuffed out
  • Hopes and reasonable expectations for the veterans
  • Damian Lillard - All Star starter?
  • Lillard, becoming more efficient as a shooter
  • Lillard upping his scoring potential and efficiency to the greatest Blazer of all time
  • CJ McCollum dreams- making an All Star team?
  • Hopes for McCollum, making it to the free throw line
  • The value of McCollum getting to the line more often
  • Jusuf Nurkic - be aggressive and be consistent
  • Expectations for Nurkic, 100 dunk attempts
  • Al-Farouq Aminu dreams- be a Trail Blazer at the end of the season
  • Aminu expectations, more consistent as a 3-point shooter
  • Maurice Harkless, where do you start?
  • The expectations and dreams of Terry Stotts for this team- having a small forward to count on night in, night out
  • Dreams for Harkless, contribute nightly.
  • Evan Turner- dreams, reverting back to his former self as Boston Celtic while also finding ways to score off the ball
  • Meyers Leonard dreams, hopes and expectations- figure out how to stay on the floor.
  • Blazer5 Gaming
  • Closing Comments
  • Outro