The Best NBA Rookie Debuts Since 2000

October 19th, 2015 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, D'Angelo Russell, Kristaps Porzingis and the other members of this year's rookie class have a lot to live up to in their first tastes of real NBA action. 

Since 2000, the Association has witnessed plenty of impressive debuts. Many rookies have begun their careers in strong fashion, racking up points, rebounds and assists while playing lockdown defense and maintaining noteworthy levels of efficiency. 

Of course, that hasn't guaranteed a successful career. As you look through the 10 best opening games of the last 15 seasons, you'll notice plenty of superstars who began their work in promising fashion. But you'll also see names you might not recognize, as well as a few players who never exactly reached celestial status. 

The order here is determined by using an adjusted version of Game Score, one that weighs efficient shooting a bit more heavily, decreases the negative impact of personal fouls and includes the result of the contest in the analysis. Basically, put together a strong all-around performance while helping lead your team to victory, and you're doing well for yourself. 
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