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C.J. McCollum
C.J. McCollum (2024)
McCollum with the New Orleans Pelicans in 2024.
No. 3 – New Orleans Pelicans
Position: Point Guard / Shooting Guard
League: NBA
Personal information
Full name: Christian James McCollum
Born: September 19, 1991 (1991-09-19) (age 32)
Canton, Ohio
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Physical stats
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 190 lbs (86 kg)
National Basketball Association career
Debut: 2013 for the Portland Trail Blazers
Career information
High school: GlenOak
(Canton, Ohio)
College: Lehigh (20092013)
NBA Draft: 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th
Selected by the Portland Trail Blazers
Playing career: 2013–present (11 years)
Career history
20132022 Portland Trail Blazers
2022–present New Orleans Pelicans
Career highlights and awards
  • NBA Most Improved Player (2016)
  • J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (2024)
  • 2× AP Honorable Mention All-American (2010, 2012)
  • 2× Patriot League Player of the Year (2010, 2012)
  • 3× First-team All-Patriot League (2010–2012)
  • Patriot League tournament MVP (2012)
  • Patriot League Rookie of the Year (2010)
  • No. 3 retired by Lehigh Mountain Hawks

Christian James McCollum (born September 19, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association (NBA). During his third year in the league in 2015–16, he was named the NBA Most Improved Player. McCollum played college basketball for the Lehigh Mountain Hawks and was named the Patriot League Player of the Year in both 2010 and 2012. He was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the tenth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. A reserve in his first two years, he became a full-time starter for the Trail Blazers in his third season after making the decision to move to shooting guard as the Blazers lost LaMarcus Aldridge, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, and Robin Lopez in free agency following the end of the 2014–15 season. On August 7, 2021, he was elected president of the National Basketball Players Association, replacing Chris Paul. In 2022, McCollum was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, ending his nine-year run with the Blazers.

High School career[]

C.J. McCollum stood just 5'2" tall in his freshman year at GlenOak High School but he quickly gained 5 inches due to a late growth spurt. He was 6'1" and he was tall enough to be put on the radar for college recruitment. McCollum scored more points in his first high school game to break the record for most points scored in a single game.

Collegiate career[]

Standing 6'3" when he was recruited by Lehigh, C.J. McCollum averaged almost 30 points per game throughout his senior year. He was the first freshman to be named conference player of the year in the Patriot League. McCollum was considered a top NBA draft draft prospect because of his great college basketball performances. He broke his foot in a game versus VCU to end his collegiate career with Lehigh.

NBA career[]

McCollum was the 10th overall pick the 2013 NBA Draft, being drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers. He participated in the Trail Blazers' summer league tournament games.

College Statistics[]

2009–10 Lehigh 33 31 31.9 .459 .421 .810 5.0 2.4 1.3 0.2 19.1
2010–11 Lehigh 31 31 34.5 .399 .315 .845 7.8 2.1 2.5 0.7 21.8
2011–12 Lehigh 35 35 33.1 .443 .341 .811 6.5 3.5 2.6 0.5 21.9
2012–13 Lehigh 12 12 31.0 .495 .516 .849 5.0 2.9 1.4 0.3 23.9