With the 10th pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Portland Trail Blazers selected Lehigh combo-guard, C.J. McCollum. McCollum is one of the most efficient scorers of the 2013 draft class and should be able to provide the Blazers with desperately needed bench points while backing up both Damian Lillard and Wesley Matthews.
He also gives the Blazers a little more freedom with Eric Maynor. Should another team offer Maynor more than the Blazers wish to pay to retain his services in free agency, they can now let him walk with a capable replacement.
McCollum had drawn early comparisons to Damian Lillard, and it would appear the Blazers intend to repeat their success at point guard. On paper, McCollum is more of a scorer than Lillard (shocking, I know), but his facilitating is less polished. The two guards were already close before the draft and are looking forward to playing together.
This is the 1-2 punch Portland needs in the backcourt. If McCollum develops at a reasonable keel, the Blazers should never be in a situation in which they have no capable guards on the floor. Welcome to Portland, C.J.!
RIP CITY . @Dame_Lillard jafffeeeelg!
— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) June 28, 2013
The Blazers also selected Jeff Withey, Grant Jerrett, and Marko Todorovic with the 39th, 40th, and 45th picks respectively. More about them and their future with Portland tomorrow.