How Basketball’s Biggest Stars Faired In Their Debut

How Basketball’s Biggest Stars Faired In Their Debut

The beginning of a new season brings another crop of rookies eager to prove they belong amongst the world’s best players. Brandon Ingram, Kris Dunn, Buddy Hield, and the rest of the 2016 rookie class will step onto the court and play against today’s biggest superstars.

Everybody starts somewhere. The biggest names in basketball were rookies once upon a time, too. Check out how LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and the rest of basketball’s stars faired in their first career games. Who impressed, and who struggled?

LeBron James

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Perhaps nobody faced greater expectations in their first game that LeBron James. He was just a few months out of high school, where he was dubbed ‘The Chosen One.’ James delivered in his first career game, scoring 25 points and adding nine assists and four steals, but it was a losing effort against Sacramento. James’ stat line is even more remarkable considering the media circus that was on hand for his highly anticipated debut.

Stephen Curry

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Stephen Curry was solid in his opening game, scoring 14 points and dishing out seven assists, but his team ultimately suffered a one-point loss. Interestingly, the sharpshooter only took one 3-pointer in the game, and missed it. In fact, it wasn’t until his 10th game that he took more than three 3-pointers in a game. He finished the season with 17.5 points per game, while making an average of 2.1 3-pointers per game. Last season, he made over five per game while averaging a career-high 30.1 points per game.

Kevin Durant

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After dominating the college ranks for a year at Texas, the 19-year-old Durant seamlessly transitioned to the league with an 18 point outing in his first game. He pulled in five rebounds, as well, but his team struggled and went on to lose by 17 points. In fact, wins were tough to come by for a while, as Durant’s team lost the first eight games of the season despite Durant reaching double-figures in each contest.

Kyrie Irving

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Despite being sidelined for most of his only collegiate season, Kyrie Irving was still taken with the No. 1 pick in the draft. Irving would go on to have a successful rookie season, but he struggled in his first game. He scored just six points on 2-of-12 shooting from the field, while adding seven assists. He went on to average 18.5 points and 5.4 assists per game for the season, proving that the first game isn’t always an indication of how a season will go.

Paul George

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Paul George also struggled in his debut, scoring only four points while missing four of his five shot attempts. George was largely a role player for most of the season, before being inserted into the starting lineup late in the year and into the playoffs. He finished the season with nearly eight points per game.

Kobe Bryant

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It’s hard to imagine now, but Kobe Bryant’s spectacular career got off to a rough start. The 18-year-old only played six minutes in his debut and missed the only shot he took. He finished the game with zero points, one rebound, one block, and a turnover. He averaged just 7.6 points per game in his rookie season, a far cry from the Kobe we would see just a few years later.

Dwyane Wade

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The Flash burst onto the scene in his first career game with an impressive stat line that included 18 points, four rebounds, and four assists. He was also a workhorse, racking up 41 minutes of playing time in his debut. Like his future teammate LeBron James, Wade also failed to come away with the win in his introduction to the league.

Dwight Howard

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As an 18-year-old, Dwight Howard gave everyone a preview of what was to come by posting a double-double in his first game. He scored 12 points and pulled down 10 rebounds while also recording four blocks in a winning effort. Interestingly, the big man also grabbed three steals and two assists to round out a solid debut.

Derrick Rose

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A 20-year-old Derrick Rose showed his versatile skill set and ability to run an offense in his career debut, scoring 11 points and dropping nine assists to just miss out on a double-double. He struggled with his shooting percentage, but his command of the offense helped Chicago score a double-digit victory in the season opener.

 

adidas D Rose 4.5 ‘Away’

adidas D Rose 4.5 ‘Away’

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In addition to the ‘Solar Zest’ colorway, adidas will be launching Derrick Rose’s ‘Away’ Rose 4.5 tomorrow.

Designed for Chicago’s road games, the shoe features a black SprintWeb and SprintSkin upper, helped by red on the 3-Stripes and collar D-Rose logo. White handles the tongue D-Rose logo and midsole, which sits atop a grey outsole.

These adidas basketball shoes will launch here for $140 tomorrow. Follow @Eastbay on Twitter and @OfficialEastbay on Instagram for all release information and updates.

Available 1/30: adidas D Rose 4.5 ‘Away’

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adidas D Rose 4.5 ‘Solar Zest’

adidas D Rose 4.5 ‘Solar Zest’

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Designed for Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, the adidas D Rose 4.5 features an exclusive, tailored design inspired by his unmatched natural instincts on the court.

Featured on the shoe’s upper is an all-new hybrid skin design that has a functional and stylish pattern representing the fastest and most unique animals on the planet. SprintWeb and SprintSkin enhance support on the lateral side of the shoe, while working with the Crazyquick outsole on the medial side for ultimate performance.

This colorway brings solar zest and carbon together on the hybrid skin upper, with black and pearl grey teaming up for the midsole and outsole. A black SprintFrame with solar zest stripes adds support at the heel. Additional signature details include a solar zest D Rose logo jewel on the collar and a white D Rose logo on the tongue.

These adidas basketball shoes launch here tomorrow for $140. Follow @Eastbay on Twitter and @OfficialEastbay on Instagram for all release information and updates.

Available 1/30: adidas D Rose 4.5 ‘Solar Zest’

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adidas D Rose 4 ‘Home’

adidas D Rose 4 ‘Home’

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After missing all of last season, Derrick Rose has returned to the NBA and his Chicago Bulls are starting to find their old groove. For games played at the United Center, Derrick has been lacing up this clean ‘Home’ colorway of the adidas D Rose 4.

The aluminum grey half of the shoe represents Derrick’s calm off-court demeanor, while the intricately designed heel is symbolic of his dynamic style of play. White stripes run down the heel, red lines the interior and a flex outsole finishes things off below. The D Rose 4 is also miCoach compatible, meaning you can track your performance with a miCoach Speed_Cell.

Look for these adidas basketball shoes to release here this Monday, November 25 at 8:00 a.m. EST / 7:00 a.m. CST. Follow @Eastbay on Twitter and @OfficialEastbay on Instagram for all release information and updates.

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adidas D Rose 4 ‘Michigan Avenue’

adidas D Rose 4 ‘Michigan Avenue’

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This Saturday, adidas unveils the ‘Michigan Avenue’ D Rose 4, paying tribute to the famous street in Derrick Rose’s hometown. Features include deep blue tones symbolic of the bodies of water throughout the city with contrasting bright infrared hits representing the bright lights and livelihood of Michigan Avenue.

“I’ve been all over the world but Chicago will always be my home,” Rose told adidas. “Everybody in this city is so proud to be from here, man. That’s why I love this color of my shoe that me and my fans can wear to represent the city.”

These adidas basketball shoes drop here this Saturday, November 23 for $140. Follow @Eastbay on Twitter and @OfficialEastbay on Instagram for all release information and updates.

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