NBA Mock Draft 2013: Predicting the First 10 Picks

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8. Detroit Pistons: C.J. McCollum, Lehigh (PG/SG) 

Age: 21 (Senior)

Height/Weight: 6’3″/197 lbs.

November 13, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Lehigh Mountain Hawks guard C.J. McCollum (3) handles the ball against pressure by Pittsburgh Panthers guard James Robinson (right) during the first half at the Petersen Events Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

At 6’3″ with a 6’6″ wingspan, McCollum is well-sized for a combo guard, a description that’s becoming more and more popular in the NBA these days.

After a long and fruitful career at Lehigh (many thought he’d be an entrant in last year’s draft), he’s finally entering the pros. He possesses an excellent first step and is very crafty, highly skilled at keeping defenders guessing, though past that first step, his speed is nothing special. He does finish well at the rim, though.

McCollum plays very well in fast-paced games, especially since his shooting is much more polished and consistent than it has been in the past. He’s a very skilled distributor and shooter, a great example of the combo guard he is. In addition, he is blessed with a very high basketball IQ, making him well-suited to pair up with any of the league’s guards. No matter which position he’s playing, he can facilitate from it, and he’s good at rebounding and creating turnovers, but saw a dip in defensive productivity this year.

McCollum is unlikely to be plugged in starting, but his particular skill set makes him a player to watch going forward. He’s sure to make an impact on this Pistons team, the only question is how much?