C.J. McCollum has been dazzling folks around the NBA with his interviewing skills. While that usually doesn’t cause potential draft pick’s stock to rise, it has been known to scare a few teams off.
If his approach around the rest of the top 10 is anything like his routine in Minneapolis this week, the Mr. Congeniality award should be coming McCollum’s way.
The Wolves-specific needs McCollum would address? The story is he’s what Randy Foye was supposed to be. He can shoot it, make plays for others and be that second ball handler Rick Adelman wants so bad he used JJ Barea and Luke Ridnour at shooting guard.
The problems McCollum presents as a combo guard are similar to Foye’s, as well. He’s undersized and generously listed at 6’4″; So who does he guard?
If he’s as good as advertised on offense, the defense could be overlooked, but Ricky Rubio is going to get beat up if you start him next to an undersized 2. Just saying.
Following his individual workout with the Timberwolves on Tuesday, C.J. McCollum went out of his way to shake the hand of each reporter covering the event.
One media member didn’t have a free hand, so McCollum shook her microphone instead.
The former Lehigh University star was as comfortable in the interview as he was taking instruction from the coaches on the floor. There haven’t been many situations during the pre-draft process that have caught him off guard. It’s one reason the Wolves are strongly considering taking McCollum with the No. 9 pick.
He’s talented, he’s mature, and he could be the player in the draft most ready to contribute.
“I kind of overanalyze and think things through a little better than most guys coming out of college,” McCollum said. “It’s different for (coaches) to deal with. But at the same time they enjoy it, because they see my level of maturity. They see I’m ready to play right now.”
McCollum is one of the best shooters among this year’s draft prospects, and adding outside shooting is priority No. 1 for Minnesota this offseason.
But the Wolves don’t need another point guard.
“Obviously, here they have a really good point guard in Ricky Rubio,” McCollum said. “I feel like the need is at the two-guard position. They need another guy who can knock down shots and kind of score and help out Kevin Love down low. I feel like I’m that guy. I feel like I’m a guy who can be a starting two-guard in this league and play (point guard) as well.”
Wolves president of basketball operations Flip Saunders said having point guard skills makes McCollum potentially more effective offensively.
“I was impressed,” Saunders said. “He shot the ball well. He’s very receptive, as you guys know. He’s extremely bright, a very mature (player). He’s not going to be awed by the situation in the NBA.”