During his rookie year, CJ McCollum wasn’t much of a shopper. “I remember I used to shop with Damian [Lillard]. We'd go into a store and I'd be like, 'I'm not buying anything in here,’” he says.
Things are different now. “My money has changed exponentially. So shopping has changed,” McCollum says, surrounded by fitted caps and collared shirts in his Lake Oswego, Oregon, closet.
A fatter paycheck—he signed a four-year, $106 million extension after receiving the NBA's Most Improved Player award for his 2015-16 breakout season—and a sneaker deal helped him with his sartorial glow up over the last four years. More money, more style.
“My taste has evolved. I love me a good suit,” says McCollum, who balances his buttoned-up look with ripped jeans and fresh kicks for game days. “I’m not a shoe collector, but I’m a Nike athlete. You get shoes for days. I like my J’s.”