Top NBA Rookie Debuts
It is always interesting to see how the “future” of a franchise performs, especially when it comes to their debut. Here are my picks for the top-5 debuts for this year’s rookie class:
5. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander- Shai was not the most hyped or most talked about rookie coming into this season. However, he had himself a pretty good game for the Los Angeles Clippers. He played 28 minutes in his debut and finished with 11 points. He shot 5-6 from the floor. He also had 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, and 1 steal. This is a rookie to keep an eye on. He doesn’t have the same expectations on him as some of the others, but he seems to be ready to contribute his share.
4. Mo Bamba- Bamba has the size to him that could dominate the league at the big man position. This is what makes him an intriguing rookie. He came out in his debut with no one really knowing what to expect. He finished the game with 13 points and 7 rebounds. He also added two blocks, one of which went from the rim all the way out of bounds on the side. He is also shooting 50% from beyond the arc currently. This is my favorite rookie in the class. I think that he has a very high ceiling (pun intended).
3. Trae Young- Young’s debut was a little hard to figure. He posted 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Those numbers look good. However, he only managed to shoot 5-14 from the field and 1-5 from beyond the arc. Those numbers should improve, but these seem like stats that may happen regularly as Young is a high-risk, high-reward kind of player.
2. Luka Doncic- Doncic finished with 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists. His shooting wasn’t the greatest as he finished 5-16 from the field. His passing was on point though. His most impressive pass being a behind-the-back bounce pass. Once he settles into the NBA competition a little more, his numbers should improve.
1. DeAndre Ayton- Ayton proved why he was the first player to be taken in the draft. He played for 36 minutes. He had 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists. He was also a stifling presence on defense down low. He shot 8-11 from the field, as he took shots when the defense gave them and made great passes in other situations. It may only be one game, but Ayton seems like he will be tough to beat for the Rookie of the Year.