Trail Blazers guard C.J. McCollum scorched the New Orleans Pelicans for a career-high 37 points Wednesday night in Portland’s home-opener.
The third-year player out of Lehigh University was the 10th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, but he has averaged just 6.6 points a game in limited time during the past two seasons. In five playoff games last season, though, he averaged 17 points a game.
His start Wednesday was just the fifth of his career — including the postseason — but it shows there’s big potential for the guy who bears a resemblance to the famed Steve Urkel.
There’s especially big potential for his cardboard.
McCollum’s 18 Rookie Cards can be found throughout Panini America‘s lineup of 2013-14 NBA products. Since then, he’s appeared on nearly 500 different cards — but still has only about 150 autographs total.
His autographs found in high-end brands like Flawless and National Treasures have been steady sellers at more than $100. The same can be said for his rarer cards. However, with his cards being available in several affordable brands those like Court Kings and Crusade — signed or not — could get extra attention, too, if the big nights keep piling up.
“It’s been a long time coming for me,” McCollum told The Associated Press. “I’ve worked so hard for this moment to get an opportunity to play opening night and the coaching staff to have trust in me.”
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