Haven't seen a ton of him, but it seems like he can really fill it up. My question to people who have seen more of him or know more about him is how is his defense? Projected as a PG/SG, would he be able to guard 2 guards?
I see him as a Randy Foye/Mo Williams guy. Not a great defender, but serviceable in small bursts at the 2, more so used at the 1 by a team with ball handling 2's and 3's.
Actually he is a good defender
Never said he was a bad defender, just not a great one. He's too short to guard two's
He's also close to 200 lbs, strong, and with a 6'6'' wingspan. He's more or less the size of Bradley Beal, there are a lot of combo guard prospects that are far less equipt to guard an NBA two guard. McCollum may not be ideal sized to guard a 6'6'' guy, but it's not like he's so ill equipt that he'll have to be pulled everytime he has to guard an NBA two. I know you're not saying he'll be bad, and I agree he's not going to be a great defender, but he has some nice physical tools, and his offense will keep him on the floor.
People make too big a deal about 1 inch. I'd be willing to bet the SG position is shorter than it was 15 years ago, because there are so many combo's in the league right now, the guard position in the NBA in 2013 has a lot of guys who play both positions, especially in the 2nd units.
He's the same size as randy foye and foye is a good defender
I think Randy Foye was a slightly more explosive athlete than McCollum. Foye was better attacking the basket and playing on ball defense. McCollum won't be terrible defensively but I wouldn't project him as a good defender in the NBA. He will be a guy who is more suited coming off the bench playing both the one and two. I think he will be like a mixture of Mo Williams and a shorter Nick Young.
If the TWolves don't select him I think the Blazers could. The way the Warriors backcourt is jumpshooting their way through the playoffs it could entice Portland Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey to wonder what a Lillard + McCollum backcourt would be like going forward.
The other day on Chad Ford's Mock draft, he had the Timberwolves drafting C.J. McCollum, and this isn't an exact phrase, but he said "the Timberwolves can now draft the player they should have gotten a few years ago in Steph Curry,"
That seems like some mild praise, after seeing the way Curry is playing now, but I think he'll be put at the point. With the success of Lilliard and Curry two guys the same size as he is, also from small schools, which ever team that drafts him will want to follow the same pattern.
Not saying he will work at the point, just saying I think that's what he'll play.
If the Wolves can't land Dipo, I'm hoping they can get McCollum. Rubio is big enough to guard 2's on D (he's 6'5" and long) and he'd be the primary ball handler. They desperately need good outside shooting and someone who can create their own offense, and CJ can do both. I'd love to see him in a Wolves uni
The timberwolves also have shved too who is 6'6" who handles the ball, he would be a great fit for the timberwolves. Worst case he is lou williams who is a quality sixth man best case steph curry, I think he will wind up being closer to curry than williams.
Or maybe they'd be drafting the same player they got in 2006 in Randy Foye. But I still think he'd fit perfectly with them.