CJ McCollum Rumors

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CJ McCollum
Position: G
Born: 09/19/91
Height: 6-4 / 1.93
Weight:192 lbs. / 87.1 kg.
Salary: $23,962,573
It’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Nurkic, and Portland’s future — both this season, and beyond — could hinge on the development of the 7-foot, 280-pound pivot with the talent to rank among the top centers in the league. Portland practices tough love with Nurkic. Lillard has attached himself to him. On the bench, if Nurkic tries to excuse a lazy play, Lillard will cut him off. On team flights, Lillard will occasionally plant himself next to Nurkic and watch all of his minutes. McCollum says he’s used “a lot of curse words” with Nurkic, especially when he isn’t seeing maximum effort. “We need [the Miami] Nurk every night, not the Nurk that’s doing flip shots and not always paying attention and not locked in the way he should be,” McCollum told Yahoo Sports. “We know what [Nurkic] is capable of. Anything less than that is unacceptable.”
Nurkic is a reliable third option alongside star guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, as he’s the only other Blazer who averages double-digit points per game. On defense, opponents shoot just 55.8 percent against him at the rim, which is seventh-best among qualified players. He also has the NBA’s eighth-best defensive rating (101.9). Portland has won an NBA-best 12 straight games and during this span, Nurkic has averaged 14.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1 block, while shooting 52.3 percent from the field. “Nurk’s play as of late has been crucial in our run,” McCollum told HoopsHype. “He’s finishing around the basket better and more efficiently, he’s rebounding at a higher clip and he’s making an impact each night. We look forward to having him healthy for a full postseason this year. His interior play and decision-making make our jobs easier on the perimeter.”