First Impressions

First Impressions

New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson made his much-anticipated NBA debut yesterday. After a slow start, Williamson electrified the home crowd by scoring 17 straight points, including going 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. Although the Pelicans wound up losing to the San Antonio Spurs, Williamson provided an appetizing glimpse into his NBA potential. We thought we’d look back at the professional debuts of some of the league’s all-time greats and see how their performances compared to Williamson’s.

 

  Points FG/FGA Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals
 

Wilt Chamberlain

 

 

43

 

17-27

 

28

 

1

 

 

 

Oscar Robertson

 

 

21

 

8-20

 

12

 

10

 

 

 

Jerry West

 

 

20

 

7-16

 

2

 

5

 

 

 

Julius Erving

 

 

21

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larry Bird

 

 

14

 

6-12

 

10

 

5

 

0

 

0

 

Magic Johnson

 

 

26

 

10-21

 

8

 

4

 

4

 

1

 

Michael Jordan

 

 

16

 

5-16

 

6

 

7

 

4

 

2

 

Shaquille O’Neal

 

 

12

 

4-8

 

18

 

2

 

3

 

1

 

Kobe Bryant

 

 

0

 

0-1

 

1

 

0

 

1

 

0

 

Tim Duncan

 

 

15

 

6-9

 

10

 

2

 

2

 

0

 

LeBron James

 

 

25

 

12-20

 

6

 

9

 

0

 

4

 

Steph Curry

 

 

14

 

7-12

 

2

 

7

 

0

 

4

 

Kevin Durant

 

 

18

 

7-22

 

5

 

1

 

1

 

3

 

Zion Williamson

 

 

22

 

8-11

 

7

 

3

 

0

 

0