CJ McCollum is a six-foot-three shooting guard who plays for Portland Trail Blazers in the NBA. McCollum was born on September 19, 1991, in Canton, Ohio. He was the 10th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
McCollum’s parents are Errick McCollum I and Kathy Andrews. He grew up in Ohio and attended GlenOak High School, where he started off as an undersized athlete. However, McCollum had a growth spurt and worked hard on his shooting skills to earn more acclaim.
Hard work paid off, and McCollum won the Gatorade Ohio High-School Player of the Year Award for averaging 29.3 points in his senior year. He then graduated high-school and played for Lehigh University, where he broke through with his talent.
McCollum created an instant impact with the Lehigh Mountain Hawks and started every game but one that he played for them in four seasons. He won several accolades in his conference, including the MVP award. The shooting guard averaged 21.3 points per game in four seasons with Lehigh University.
Moreover, CJ McCollum’s received an overall rating of 84 in the NBA 2K21 game, which is a personal downgrade for the player. The Blazers star has been awarded 30 total badges in the game and holds the specialty of being a shot creator.
As for his love life, McCollum got married to Elise Esposito in October 2020. Elise is a dental surgeon by profession, and the couple have been together since their time at Lehigh University.
McCollum was picked 10th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2013 draft. He began his career as a bench player for the first two years in the league, but swiftly rose up to join a formidable backcourt partnership with Damian Lillard.
The shooting guard found tremendous confidence after being promoted as a starter and his numbers went up too. He won the 2016 Most Improved Player award for his massive transformation. Within a year, his scoring averages went from 6.8 to 20.8 per season.
McCollum averaged a career-high 23.0 PPG during the 2016-17 regular-season, but the Blazers were swept by the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.
McCollum notched up a career-high performance in January 2018 when he went on a blazing run in the first three quarters. He scored 28 in the first alone and ended with 50 points by the end of three quarters and the game.
McCollum is a natural talent who has a beautiful shooting form. Moreover, he creates equal chances for his teammates as well, which makes him an unavoidable asset to have on your team. Here are his career-stats updated till the 2019/20 regular-season:
The Blazers identified the value in keeping a player like McCollum and offered him a three-year extension in 2019. The deal is worth $100 million and it will keep him with the team till the 2023/24 NBA Season. McCollum’s salary for the 2021 season will be close to $30M.
McCollum signed a lucrative endorsement deal with Chinese brand ‘Li-Ning’ in 2017, and Forbes estimates his annual earnings to be $3 million from endorsement deals.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused havoc everywhere and McCollum played in part in contributing to relief efforts. He reportedly made a hefty donation of $170K, which was split between Akron-Canton Food Bank and Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland Metro Area.
McCollum initially signed a contract with Nike but left them for Li-Ning when his contract expired in 2017. He inked a five-year deal with the Chinese brand and is curating his line of products.
The shooting guard worn several flashy Li-Ning sneakers on the court and most recently sported the ‘Li-Ning Speed VI.’
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Married to Elise Esposito
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6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
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6 ft 5 in (1.99 m)