CJ McCollum Supplants Victor Oladipo at No. 2 On NBA.com's Rookie Ladder
After a 19-point, 2-assist, 2-rebound performance in Wednesday night's overtime victory against the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League tournament, Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum overtakes Orlando guard Victor Oladipo for the two spot
on NBA.com's Rookie Ladder.
C.J. McCollum continues his climb up the Ladder with another solid performance and could overtake Kelly Olynyk if he keeps it up. In Wednesday's win, the guard out of Lehigh had 19 points on 5-for-14 shooting, going 3-for-7 from beyond the arc. Through four games, he leads all rookies in scoring at 20.7 ppg and looks like he's ready to contribute teaming up with Damian Lillard in the Portland backcourt.
Check your rear-view, Olynyk.
It's a bit ironic to see McCollum move up to No. 2 on the Rookie Ladder after hearing his frank assessment of his own play
after last night's victory.
"I'm playing OK. For rookie standards, it's decent," said McCollum. "I've got to shoot the ball a little bit better and take care of the ball more. This is my fourth game since January so I'm getting back into things, getting back into a rhythm and choosing when to pick my spots, when to get aggressive and when to sit back and let other guys take over. I would say I'm playing OK."
He had an even harsher opinion of his shooting at summer league, which he described as "awful." And while he might be a bit too hard on himself here, it's exactly what you want to hear from a rookie at this very early stage in his career.