Aug 26

CJ McCollum Stands Out In NBA Rookie Survey

By DHawes22 Posted in: Blazers
In between taking photos, signing autographs, and in the case of Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller, trash can dunking on unsuspecting bystanders, 36 rooks from the Class of 2013 were asked to fill out the annual rookie survey. Questions included, but were not limited to, "Who will be the 2013-14 Rookie of the Year?", "Which rookie will have the best career?, and "Which rookie is the best shooter?" Those were some of the questions, now check out their answers.

Who will be the 2013-14 Rookie of the Year
T-1st: C.J. McCollum, Portland & Victor Oladipo, Orlando -- 24.2 percent

3: Kelly Olynyk, Boston -- 18.2 percent

4: Trey Burke, Utah -- 12.1 percent

5: Ben McLemore, Sacramento -- 6.1 percent

Others receiving votes: Anthony Bennett, Cleveland; Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia; Ray McCallum, Sacramento; Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia; Otto Porter, Washington

Worth noting: McCollum is an interesting pick, given that he'll be sharing minutes and touches with reigning Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard. But it's clear from the total amount of votes he received on all the questions that his fellow rookies believe he's a player. That's good news for the Blazers, no matter what his role is.

Of all the questions asked, to me this was the most surprising response. Not because CJ can't play, but because Portland's backcourt is now pretty loaded with incumbents Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews and recent signing Mo Williams in the fold. Now it is worth bringing up that the rookie photo shoot took place on August 7th and the Trail Blazers signed Williams the following day on the 8th. Had the survey been given a week later, would the results have been the same? It doesn't really matter as I share the same sentiment as NBA.com's John Schuhmann who believes it's more of a judgment as to what type of player McCollum is and can become.

Which rookie will have the best career?
T-1st: Victor Oladipo, Orlando & Kelly Olynyk, Boston -- 18.2 percent

3: C.J. McCollum, Portland -- 15.2 percent

4: Cody Zeller, Charlotte -- 9.1 percent

T-5: Anthony Bennett, Cleveland, Tim Hardaway, Jr., New York & Otto Porter, Washington -- 6.1 percent

Others receiving votes: Isaiah Canaan, Houston; Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia; Solomon Hill, Indiana; Ray McCallum, Sacramento; Ben McLemore, Sacramento; Mason Plumlee, Brooklyn; Peyton Siva, Detroit

Worth noting: The top four picks picked up 39 percent of the vote. The No. 5 pick? Alex Len (Phoenix) didn't receive a single vote for any question in the survey.

Of all the questions asked, this is the one the rookie is going to want to see their name on. A lot of rookies can be in good situations to win the Eddie Gottlieb trophy. A lot of rooks can shoot the lights out. And even a few can be lock-down defenders. But when it comes to having the best career, that means you're the total package. Although these 20-21 year-old kids aren't NBA scouts, they still recognize game and for McCollum to be listed third bodes well for Rip City's future.

Which rookie is the best shooter?
1. Ben McLemore, Sacramento -- 19.4 percent

2.Reggie Bullock, L.A. Clippers -- 16.7 percent

T-3rd: C.J. McCollum, Portland & Tony Snell, Chicago -- 13.9 percent

5: Tim Hardaway Jr., New York -- 11.1 percent

T-6th: Allen Crabbe, Portland & Erik Murphy, Chicago -- 5.6 percent

Others receiving votes: Trey Burke, Utah; Grant Jerrett, Oklahoma City; Ryan Kelly, L.A. Lakers; Jeff Withey, New Orleans; Nate Wolters, Milwaukee

Worth noting:McLemore may have won this category by more if he didn't shoot a brutal 7-for-36 (19 percent) from 3-point range at the Las Vegas Summer League.

Yes, Ben McLemore didn't shoot it well at all, but I'd argue that neither did either member of the Trail Blazers. McCollum shot just 31 percent from 3 and 36.6 percent from the floor while Crabbe struggled even more, connecting on just 23.5 percent of his attempts from distance and 30 percent of his shots from the field. So for both of them to make the list after shooting sub-par percentages at Summer League goes to show the respect their peers have for their shots. And as we all know, Summer League is not the end all, be all. I'd take it to the bank that McLemore, McCollum, and Crabbe will all shoot much better in the more structured NBA offense.

Lastly, Crabbe and McCollum were both listed in the "Which rookie is being overlooked?" category and McCollum also made the cut as one of the best playmaking rooks.


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