NBA player C.J. McCollum now has 106 million reasons to remain on the Portland Trail Blazers roster for several more years.
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 25, 2016
The team is apparently trying to build a solid franchise with a well-structured, high-performing foundation. The Trail Blazers had already taken a huge step toward achieving that goal by securing a maximum contract extension with its leading star player Damian Lillard.
By essentially doing the same for C.J. McCollum, the Portland Trail Blazers are committing themselves to a substantial investment in their backcourt as well.
During the 2015-16 season, C.J. McCollum definitely grabbed a lot of people’s attention – including fans, critics, coaches, and obviously the team’s owner and upper management.
When you focus on the Portland Trail Blazers’ overall performance throughout the season, though, their backcourt was the third-highest scoring group in the league. Most fans and critics that paid close attention to the Blazers performance during the regular season would agree that C.J. McCollum played a vital role in achieving that particular team accolade.
— John Canzano (@johncanzanobft) July 25, 2016
— Kenny Roda (@TheKennyRoda) July 25, 2016
— Chiddy Bang (@chiddybang) July 25, 2016
— Portland Gear (@portlandgear) July 25, 2016
He was a stellar outside shooter throughout the season, averaging 41.7 percent with his three-point shots. Playing an average of 34.8 minutes a night, C.J. McCollum also averaged 3.2 rebounds and 4.3 assists along with increasing his scoring average from 6.8 points to 20.8 points between the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.
Receiving 101 of the possible 130 first-place votes secured his “Most Improved Player” award and more than likely was a key factor in the negotiation stage of his contract extension.
C.J. McCollum was able to show off his humble and modest side with a post on his Facebook page Monday after the news of his contract extension started making waves online. The 24-year-old Ohio native added a simple caption to a throwback picture from his days of playing high school basketball.
“Same kid from Canton, Ohio.”
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