How Blazers guard CJ McCollum can go from good to great

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Last season, Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum joined an elite group of players.

McCollum averaged 23 points per game while making 48 percent of his field goals, 42 percent of his 3-point attempts and 91 percent of his free throws.

Only five other players in the history of the NBA have averaged more than 23 points per game while shooting at least 48 percent from the field, 40 percent from the 3-point line and 90 percent on free throws during a single season.

Dirk Nowitzki has done it three times (2005-06, 2006-07, 2009-10). Larry Bird (1986-87, 1987-88) and Stephen Curry (2014-15, 2015-16) did it twice. And Kevin Durant (2012-13) and Peja Stojakovic (2003-04) both did it once.

Welcome to the club, CJ.

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McCollum has emerged as one of the NBA's best shooters. Next season, it would be nice to see him be a little more greedy on offense. In particular, McCollum should shoot more 3-pointers.

McCollum ranked seventh in the NBA in 3-point shooting last season, but 22nd in 3-point attempts. He averaged 5.5 3-point shots. Other elite 3-point shooters with similar usage rates to McCollum were much more prolific.

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McCollum shot 3-pointers on about 30 percent of his field-goal attempts last season, while attempting midrange jumpers on about half of his field-goal attempts. Next season, McCollum would do well to flip those percentages. If he did that, he'd score about two more points per game if he could maintain his percentages.

Jared Cowley is a digital producer for KGW.

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