Trail Blazers shooting guard CJ McCollum has reached a big milestone in team history.
Saturday against the Sacramento Kings, with his 22 points scored in 20 minutes of action, McCollum passed Rasheed Wallace for 10th on Trail Blazers all-time scoring list with 9,120 career points.
They don’t call him 'Crafty James McCollum' for nothing!
Entering Saturday's game, McCollum was shooting 58 percent from midrange, which was good for ninth in the league.
McCollum now eyes No. 9 Mychal Thompson on the all-time scoring list in franchise history.
Here’s the updated top 10 on the Blazers all-time scoring list as of the third quarter vs. Sacramento:
- Clyde Drexler (18,040)
- Damian Lillard (15,120)
- LaMarcus Aldridge (12,562)
- Terry Porter (11,330)
- Clifford Robinson (10,405)
- Jerome Kersey (10,067)
- Jim Paxson (10,003)
- Geoff Petrie (9,732)
- Mychal Thompson (9,215)
- CJ McCollum (9,120)
Ahead of Saturday’s game, McCollum was averaging 26.8 points on 45.5 percent shooting, while hitting threes at a very efficient 43.2 percent clip.
With the milestone on the horizon for McCollum before Saturday's contest, Portland’s head coach Terry Stotts explained how the 6’3” shooting guard’s offensive game has changed over the years.
“He’s always been crafty,” Coach Stotts said pregame. “When he came in as a rookie, you saw him in college, he was very good with the ball, but he’s become a very consistent three-point shooter. He’s gained strength over the years where he can take a hit and finish in the lane. His floater has gotten better as well."
If you do some quick math based on McCollum’s career average (18.6 points), it will be another five to six games until he passes Mychal Thompson for No. 9 on Portland’s all-time scoring list. That would mean we should expect to see McCollum reach that milestone at home vs. San Antonio on Jan. 18 or at home against Memphis on Jan 20.
But it could definitely be before then with the way McCollum has upped his scoring output this season.