The Blazers drafted McCollum with the 10th overall pick in the 2013 draft out of Lehigh. CJ made $2,316,720 during his rookie season in Portland and finished the year with averages of 5.3 points in 12.5 minutes per game. However, McCollum only appeared in 38 games due to a foot injury.
In his second season, CJ McCollum averaged 6.8 points per contest and earned $2,421,000 while playing in 62 games. He completed his rookie contract with the Blazers by making $2,525,160 in Year 3 and $3,219,579 in Year 4.
McCollum surprisingly broke out and put up 20.8 points per game during his third season with the Blazers, winning the Most Improved Player of the Year Award along the way. The Ohio native signed a four-year, $106 million rookie extension before the start of his fourth season thanks to his Most Improved Player of the Year Award. The massive contract was set to kick in during Year 5.
During the 2017-18 campaign, CJ McCollum made $23,962,572 and averaged 21.4 points per game. The explosive scorer earned $25,759,766 in 2018-19 and was scheduled to make $27,556,959 in 2019-20 before the season was suspended due to COVID-19.
McCollum was averaging 22.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 2019-20 prior to the NBA getting suspended.
In the summer of 2019, the Blazers gave McCollum a three-year, $100 million extension due to his stellar play in the 2019 postseason. CJ averaged 24.7 points over 16 games in the 2019 playoffs.
Thanks to his new extension, CJ McCollum will earn $29,354,152 in 2020-21, $30,864,198 in 2021-22, $33,333,333 in 2022-23 and $35,802,469 in 2023-34. Not bad for a guy who is the only player in Lehigh history to make it to the NBA.
CJ McCollum has career NBA averages of 18.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 473 games with the Blazers. He’s a career 45.5 percent shooter from the field, 39.7 percent from beyond the arc and 82.7 percent from the free-throw line.