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Blazers’ C.J. McCollum has advice for incoming NBA rookies

Jul 10, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

CJ McCollum AP

C.J. McCollum was selected by the Blazers with the 10th overall pick in the 2013 draft, but Portland wasn’t your typical lottery team. Instead, the Blazers were a team on the rise, with many key pieces already in place that came together in time to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

Most rookies selected at that spot in the draft are given the chance to develop during live game scenarios, with a heavy dose of minutes not being a problem since teams picking that highly normally don’t have expectations of being all that good in the somewhat immediate future.

McCollum, however, due to being added to an already pretty good team, didn’t end up seeing too much action. He appeared in just 38 regular season games, and averaged just 12.5 minutes in those contests. But he seems to have learned a lot from his first year in the league nonetheless, and took the time to give out some advice aimed at the current crop of incoming NBA rookies.

From C.J. McCollum at Basketball Insiders:

My advice is to check your bank account statements and actually read over your monthly cash flow. Every time you post a picture on Instagram or Twitter, you should probably also take the time to check your accounts online. …

Instead of thinking of reasons why your coach should be playing you, honestly assess reasons as to why he isn’t. The next step is to go work on those things and improve the specific areas you come up with, so there is a change in your play. For me, it was simple. I made a list of what I needed to improve on.

Make defense a priority and not an afterthought. Most rookies struggle with the transition of defense.  Do a better job of gauging angles. There are more pick-and-rolls and in the league, teams will utilize a play or player over and over again until it is stopped. …

But my number one piece of advice to the incoming rookies is to humble yourself now because regardless of your situation, and the amount of opportunity available, you are a piece to the puzzle, not the piece.

All very sound points.

The main thing that comes across when reading McCollum’s unfiltered thoughts on his first season is that he seems to be keeping everything in its proper perspective. Any rookies entering the league this season and beyond would be wise to do the same, and heed McCollum’s advice.

  1. antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    “After much introspection, I’ve come to the conclusion that my coach is an idiot.”

    • musician0785 - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:42 PM

      After much introspection, I’ve come to the conclusion that you are

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:54 PM

        That’s a compliment coming from one, so thank you.

      • musician0785 - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:59 PM

        That was a very clever way of saying, I know you are but what am I. You can do better

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        No, that was pretty good. I was proud of it.

      • musician0785 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:02 PM

        You were proud of THAT? To each his own I guess…..

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:10 PM

        Heh. U salty bro?

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:27 PM

        It took you much introspection to figure that out?

    • chiadam - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:06 PM

      You’re both whining like silly little girls. Both of you shut up. No one cares.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:08 PM

        You’ve come to the right place to whine about whining.

      • musician0785 - Jul 11, 2014 at 11:37 AM

        whining where?

  2. eugenesaxe1 - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    You forgot to mention the part where CJ had a broken foot and missed half the season.

    He may as well consider this his rookie season.

  3. readysethike - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    did he forget to mention that they should also stay away from the groupies

    • shanelsweet - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      Have you lost your mind? Obama has groupies but they call them “Aides” or “Interns”. It’s a huge perk to have folks give you stuff just ’cause they like being around you. Take advantage, don’t avoid. Just be safe and keep the ones you love close to you. Sort of like LeBron.

  4. timcast12 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    That was nice Musician, that was nice.. Bravo!

  5. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Musician actually thinks going back and forth with someone in the comments section of a sporting news website is worth his time…doesn’t say much for him does it?

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:43 PM

      is calling someone out in the comments section of a sporting news website for going back and forth with someone in the comments section of a sporting news website worth the time then?

  6. vanmorrissey - Jul 10, 2014 at 5:41 PM

    Hey, he went to Lehigh, enough said. Great advice.

  7. mackcarrington - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    This is really one wise and smart young dude. Didn’t know there were many like him in the NBA.

  8. chip56 - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    Lehigh education right there. That’s the difference between someone who goes to school for the education and someone who goes because he has to kill a year after high school.

  9. nicofthenorthstar - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    This guy is a professional athlete? Seriously?

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