McCollum Makes Stampede Debut

McCollum Stampede Debut

Image credit to the Oregonian

CJ McCollum played yesterday in Boise, Idaho for the Blazers’ D-League affiliate, the Idaho Stampede.

He played 17 minutes and was very productive. He recorded 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, and 3 turnovers.

Through his play, any viewer could tell he was rusty. Not playing competitively for about a year will do that to any player. To help shake off the rust, he will play for the Stampede again today.

Sources have told reporters that McCollum can make his Blazers debut as early as this Tuesday (January 7) in Sacramento against the Sacramento Kings.

Inserted below are McCollum’s highlights from the game yesterday in Boise (he is wearing #22):

What do you think of McCollum’s play? How do you think he will benefit the Blazers when he comes back? Let me know in the comments below!

Until next time,



2 thoughts on “McCollum Makes Stampede Debut

  1. What made me feel good was his distribution of ball and dribble-drive ability. There is a chance that his assists were by virtue of playing with Pierre Jackson and that his rim attacking was due to bad defenders. The thing that concerned me about his immediate impact is his 0-4 3pt shooting. He is a deadeye from college range, but the nba range is currently lacking

    • The dribble-drive and kick-out are always a reliable “tactics” in the NBA. Yes, Pierre Jackson is a scoring machine. However, we also have players in Portland that can make outside shots.

      In terms of McCollum’s shooting, I’m not worried. He hasn’t played a competitive game since midway through the last college season (which I believe was last January). He was obviously a bit rusty.

      I don’t think that was what coaches and fans were focused on when they watched him play. Most people, as far as I know, were watching how he moved. Personally, I looked to see how he reacted to movement (e.g. wincing).

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