Originally posted on The Sports Post  |  Last updated 6/26/13
The top-5 three-point shooting teams this season were the Warriors, Heat, Thunder, Spurs and Knicks­­, in that order. All of those teams made the playoffs, and two found themselves vying for the championship. Three-point shooting is vital to NBA success. The Clippers and Bulls, who found themselves in the bottom half of this category, would probably agree after their early playoff exits. That may be why a recently graduated point guard from Lehigh, yes, Lehigh, is considered by many as a top-10 pick. C.J. McCollum led Lehigh to the NCAA tournament multiple times (remember that Duke fans?). He also compiled some impressive stats, showcasing his ability to drive the lane and score consistently from outside. In his four years at Lehigh, McCollum improved steadily. As a senior he averaged 24 points per game, five rebounds and three assists. Of course, this came in the Patriot League, which isn’t quite the same powerhouse conference that the Big East or even Atlantic 10 is. Still, McCollum got the job done. What makes him worth looking at though is his accuracy, especially from outside. Last season, McCollum shot 49.5% from the field and 51.6% from behind the arc. Jose Calderon, the NBA’s most accurate outside shooter last season, shot just over 46%. Even Danny Green, who went on a three-point shooting spree this postseason, averaged less than 50%. McCollum is clearly in a league of his own. Of course, he is bound to slow down. Not only did he attempt fewer long balls in 2012-2013 than in his previous three seasons, he played in the Patriot League. As we witnessed with Danny Green in the NBA Finals, it becomes much harder to shoot once other teams know you can do it. McCollum has plenty of other positive attributes. He can rebound well for his size, and he is a player with less upside and more certainty. In an NBA Draft that lacks star power, being able to value someone like McCollum at the right time will take you a long way. Teams know they aren’t getting the next Tony Parker here, but at the same time, he is bound to knock down shots and rebound well. Unlike a guy like Trey Burke, who could be a top-5 pick, McCollum won’t hear his named called until the No. 7 pick at the earliest. I could see him falling as low as No. 14 depending on how team needs and Draft-Day trades play out. That said, who will end up with this sharp shooting point guard? Sacramento Kings The Kings are the first team who could truly consider McCollum. Due to a brand new front office and head coach, things are anything but transparent in Sacramento nowadays. No one really knows which player they are leaning towards. Trade rumors have surfaced, due to the fact that Kings may want to gain a few extra picks later in the draft, but let’s assume they stick here.  If that is the case, the Kings could pick McCollum. Though they have a shooter in Jimmer Fredette, they need a point guard. I just don’t see McCollum being valued this high. Michael Carter-Williams, Trey Burke, and Anthony Bennett could all still be alive. I don’t see the Kings passing up on all of those guys because of their needs everywhere on the court. Portland Trail Blazers The Blazers went point guard last year, and seem willing to do so again. They have indicated they prefer McCollum to Carter-Williams, and at this point, both could be available. McCollum is a good pick at No. 10 unless the Blazers decide to go big and take Cody Zeller. Utah Jazz No one wants a point guard more than the Jazz do. There is no way Burke is available at 14, and its doubtful Carter-Williams or McCollum survive. If one or both do, the Jazz would lean towards McCollum because of his solid potential and low risk. He is a steal at No. 14. By: Sam Barder
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