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JasonJohnHorn
11-23-2012, 10:37 AM
Damian "Sparkles" Lillard came onto the scene scoring 23 points and handing out 11 assist. Somebody had mentioned that the last person to score over 20 points and get over 10 assists in their debut game was Magic (I'm not sure as to the accuracy of that). but it got me thinking: Who had the best debut game ever? I'm not even sure what the answer would be



Here's a few candidates:

David Robinson's debut game saw him pour in 23 points and grab 17 rebounds. Robinson would finish 6th in the MVP voting that season, and I believe not a single rookie has ranked as high in the MVP voting since save fellow teammate Tim Duncan (who ranked 5th). Shaq was close though, finish 7th in voting in his rookie season.
http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/198911040SAS.html

Shaq got 12 points and 18 rebounds:

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/199211060ORL.html

Tim Duncan got 15 points and 10 rebounds

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/199710310DEN.html

LBJ posted 25 points grabed 6 rebounds, handed out 9 assists and got 4 steals.

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/200310290SAC.html

Magic scored 26 points (the boxscore is imcomplate though, not sure how many assists he got).

http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/197910120SDC.html

Bird got 14 points (and again, the boxscore is incomplte).
http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/197910120BOS.html

Wilt scored 43 points!
http://www.basketball-reference.com/boxscores/195910240NYK.html



Some of these are less impressive than other obviously, but it's interesting to see how these guys who would become HOFers started out in the first effort.

Feel free to share some interesting debuts and let us know who you thought had the most impressive debut game in NBA history.

Ill21
11-23-2012, 10:52 AM
I go with LBJ

RLundi
11-23-2012, 11:02 AM
LeBron to me.

ACanadian
11-23-2012, 11:03 AM
Didn't John Wall have a triple-dubble in his debut?

da ThRONe
11-23-2012, 11:05 AM
Didn't John Wall have a triple-dubble in his debut?

If you count TO's.

mightybosstone
11-23-2012, 11:38 AM
Meh... This is one of those "who really cares" debates for me. It's an individual game at the beginning of a player's career that means absolutely nothing. If you want to debate greatest Finals performers, playoff games or maybe GOAT regular season game, that'd be one thing. But this is such a "meh" discussion...

lvlheaded
11-23-2012, 11:51 AM
Its clearly LBJ

BSplaya2121
11-23-2012, 12:04 PM
it has to be lebron, but hes not even human, he's definately from planet basketball or something. Moron mountain from space jam

KnicksorBust
11-23-2012, 12:38 PM
Wilt but I'm disappointed you went out and a lot of the research for us.

CavaliersFTW
11-23-2012, 01:05 PM
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VTomAAAAIBAJ&sjid=pv4FAAAAIBAJ&dq=wilt%20chamberlain%2043&pg=1717%2C445683

It's easily Wilt

43 points 28 rebounds and 6 blocked shots

Gram
11-23-2012, 01:10 PM
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VTomAAAAIBAJ&sjid=pv4FAAAAIBAJ&dq=wilt%20chamberlain%2043&pg=1717%2C445683

It's easily Wilt

43 points 28 rebounds and 6 blocked shots

Not LeBron? :rolleyes:

CavaliersFTW
11-23-2012, 01:21 PM
Not LeBron? :rolleyes:

So because I think 43 points 28 rebounds and 6 blocked shots is more impressive than 25 points 6 rebounds and 9 assists your gonna roll your eyes? No, not Lebron - Lebron's debut looks great, but Wilt's debut looks even better IMO. Deal with it lol

Gram
11-23-2012, 01:22 PM
So because I think 43 points 28 rebounds and 6 blocked shots is more impressive than 25 points 6 rebounds and 9 assists your gonna roll your eyes? No, not Lebron - Lebron's debut looks great, but Wilt's debut looks even better IMO. Deal with it lol

I just said that cuz you're a Cavs fan lol. I don't even care about the greatest debut.

Munkeysuit
11-23-2012, 01:24 PM
I was watching the Lebron game and his activity was off the charts! There have been waaaaaaaaay better first games throughout history but that one stood out in my mind, mostly because he did everything he does today, so it kinda set the tone for what we were about/ still witness to till this day.

CavaliersFTW
11-23-2012, 01:31 PM
I just said that cuz you're a Cavs fan lol. I don't even care about the greatest debut.

Oh lol, cause cavs fans = salty @ Lebron I see what u did there now haha - well even if I dislike Lebron lets just say those stats were Kyrie Irvings - I still would have picked Wilt

Baller1
11-23-2012, 01:40 PM
Well statistically, it's obviously Wilt followed by Lebron.

Swashcuff
11-23-2012, 01:43 PM
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VTomAAAAIBAJ&sjid=pv4FAAAAIBAJ&dq=wilt%20chamberlain%2043&pg=1717%2C445683

It's easily Wilt

43 points 28 rebounds and 6 blocked shots

Gonna be looking forward to more posts from you as time goes on. You're the only other poster I've seen quote articles from the 60s. Just from 20 odd posts you can see the quality in your posting.

rocket
11-23-2012, 01:43 PM
It was ****ing Wilt and not even close