The Portland Trail Blazers were the surprise package of the season as they fought back from free agency adversity to reach the conference semi-finals, losing to the Golden State Warriors in five.
During the offseason, the franchise has been making moves to ensure they remain a competitor in the stacked Western Conference. The vital piece of their machine is the free-scoring backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, and it is being reported the shooting guard has been tied down to a lucrative long-term extension.
A four-year, $106 million deal that will come into play this time next season is said to have been handed to the Most Improved Player following his incredible campaign, and it is nothing less than the 24-year-old deserves.
During his third NBA season, McCollum smashed his previous career-bests in points, assists and rebounds per game while also spending more time on the hardwood than he had ever been used to.
During 80 regular season games, he dropped 20.8 point - up from 6.8 in 2014/15 - provided 4.3 dimes - three more than the previous campaign - and pulled down 3.2 boards, an increase on his 1.5 the year before.
He also enjoyed career-highs in field goal percentage, three-point percentage and free-throw percentage as he established himself as a primary threat with the Northwest Division organisation.
With five years still remaining on Lillard's deal, the future certainly looks bright for the Trail Blazers. The duo earned the reputation as the second-best backcourt in the league and went toe-to-toe with the best as they fell to Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and co.
The Blazers have added Evan Turner and Festus Ezeli to their frontcourt as they look to acquire more depth, and will hold serious ambitions of going further in the upcoming campaign. The pressure is now on McCollum to sustain his form, it's a challenge he will live up to.