CJ McCollum Urges Anthony Edwards to Improve Jumper Ahead of NBA Debut

Published 11/25/2020, 7:33 AM EST
PORTLAND, OR – MAY 9: CJ McCollum (3) of the Portland Trail Blazers licks his chops during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The Denver Nuggets versus the Portland Trail Blazers in game six of the teams’ second round NBA playoff series at the Moda Center in Portland. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


CJ McCollum is one of the best shooting guards in the Western Conference. His backcourt with Damian Lillard has seen regular playoff action, even making it to the Conference Finals two seasons ago. His deft shooting and ability to play off-ball next to Dame have made their duo elite. However, C.J. is yet to make an all-star game or an all-NBA team.

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Another shooting guard that is coming to the West this season is the number one overall pick, Anthony Edwards. Edwards will join the Minnesota Timberwolves this season and help the franchise make a playoff push after years. However, the outspoken prospect had made a faux pas prior to the draft and even attacked Damian Lillard’s rapping ability. McCollum responded to that by saying he should focus on his jumper instead.

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CJ’s comments were apparently blown out of proportion and CJ corrected this on Twitter. However, he did maintain that Edwards needed a better jumper to make it in the West. Ja Morant responded to the tweet as well, attacking the media for twisting the report.

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Is CJ McCollum piling on a rookie?

Constructive advice shouldn’t be equated with CJ calling out a player on the court. Edwards is a rookie and will have a lot of people telling him what to do, anyway. As a Western Conference veteran, anything CJ has to say should be looked at positively rather than like this. He wasn’t trying to have a beef with Edwards; he simply spoke about what he felt.

DENVER, CO – MAY 12: CJ McCollum (3) of the Portland Trail Blazers stands tall after hitting a clutch shot over Torrey Craig (3) of the Denver Nuggets with 11 seconds to play during the fourth quarter of the Trail Blazers’ series-clinching 100-96 win on Sunday, May 12, 2019. The Denver Nuggets versus the Portland Trail Blazers in game seven of the teams’ second round NBA playoff series at the Pepsi Center in Denver. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The post in question that CJ has attacked said that CJ was excited to play Edwards, even though CJ had said nothing of the sort. He just made the comment about the jumper. From what can be seen of Edwards’s career, that is true. He has a very inconsistent jumper, putting up poor shooting splits in college.

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Portland and Minnesota will be closer to each other in the standings after the changes both teams have made. The Trail Blazers definitely are the ‘better’ team on paper, but the young Minnesota squad will be looking to make some noise. After all of this, that is the narrative that has been created.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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