McCollum's efforts were an excellent complement to those of backcourt mate Damian Lillard's, who led the way with a 31-point, 11-assist double-double. The 27-year-old has had a rollercoaster of a month on the scoring front, turning in a trio of sub-20-point efforts, including a season-low eight-point tally. However, McCollum has scored between 23 and 40 points in three of his last four contests, hinting at a return to the level of consistency he typically exhibits.
McCollum's line was a bit more scoring-dependent than usual, but he still managed to post his fifth straight double-digit point tally. Sunday's game aside, the 27-year-old has been more active than ever on the boards this season, averaging a career-high 4.1 rebounds. McCollum has also encouraging upped his shooting percentage from last season's 44.3 percent to 45.1 percent through the first 13 games of the current campaign, making it a solid fantasy season thus far.
McCollum produced 23 points (8-20 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-5 FT), seven rebounds, and two assists in 34 minutes during Thursday's 116-105 victory over the Clippers.
After exploding for 41 points Tuesday, McCollum was able to put up 23 points in a much more subdued effort Thursday. His efficiency was down when compared to his most recent efforts and he failed to record a steal for the seventh time this season. His lack of assists and defensive numbers are what puts a cap on his overall value but nonetheless, he remains a must roster player in all formats.
The 27-year-old had struggled at times with his shot in the early going this season, but it all came together for him Tuesday. McCollum has how posted a 50.0 percent success rate from the field in three straight contests, and Tuesday's haul of five made three-pointers was a season high. While this level of scoring can't be expected as the norm, it provides a glimpse of the considerable upside McCollum possesses when he gets hot, and it serves to demonstrate he's capable of stepping up his usage on nights when backcourt mate Damian Lillard isn't at his sharpest.
McCollum tallied 16 points (7-14 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 1-1 FT), three rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 28 minutes during Sunday's 111-81 victory over the Timberwolves.
Much like Damian Lillard, McCollum was called upon to very little in this one as the score blew out early. Despite the reduced playing time, McCollum had his mid-range game going and could have had a much better line had there been any reason to keep him on the court. He has had some struggles so far this season and appears to have been slightly over-drafted in many leagues. That being said, he is still going to be an asset to any team and will likely work towards finishing the season in the top 50 range.
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