Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum joined Damian Lillard in a favorable spot in the latest position rankings from HoopsHype. According to Frank Urbina, McCollum will enter the 2018-19 season ranked as the No. 8 shooting guard in the NBA.
Urbina recognized McCollum’s offensive production from last season, and also suggested that his efficiency will likely return to normal in 2018-19.
Although his shooting marks took a bit of a dip last season, McCollum still put up 21.4 points per contest on 44.3/39.7/83.6 shooting splits. You know you’re dealing with a great scorer when 39.7 percent can be seen as a disappointing season from beyond the arc, but in his prior two years, McCollum had converted 41.9 percent of his three-point chances – the sixth-highest rate in the league over that time span.
Odds are, McCollum’s shooting percentages will normalize themselves in 2018-19, and he’ll get back to putting up crazy scoring performances on a nightly basis.
The Northwest Division featured three shooting guards inside the top ten. Donovan Mitchell (No. 6) and Jimmy Butler (No. 4) finished above McCollum.
Lillard finished at No. 4 in Urbina’s point guard rankings.
You can read Urbina’s full shooting guard rankings by visiting HoopsHype.