Welcome, rooks: Ayton, Bamba, Trier sparkle in NBA debuts

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Mo Bamba heard his name on Orlando's public address system for the first time during performances, and waved to the crowd for his cheers.

Then the game started. [19659002] No longer had to request noise.

Welcome to the NBA, rookie class of 2018-19. There were 31 newcomers who had their first official game hour on Wednesday, the initial hectic night on this season's calendar. Some of those debuts were forgettable, some barely noticeable, but some, like the No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton in Phoenix, the No. 6 pick in Bamba and even the undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier in New York, stood out.

"I felt pretty good," said Bamba. "It was everything I hoped it would be."

He was not the only rookie who smiled on Wednesday.

Ayton made his first three shots and finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists when Phoenix went through Dallas. Bamba was at the height of Orlando, putting together an effort of 13 points, seven rebounds and two blocks in the victory of the Magic over Miami. And maybe it was appropriate: Ayton and Trier had many great nights together in Arizona as college students last season, and they had another on Wednesday, albeit with a difference of approximately 2,400 miles.

Trier had 15 points for the Knicks in his easy victory over Atlanta, two of those points that come in a dunk by the way where he passed or four players of the Hawks, a move that even had the coach of New York, David Fizdale, celebrating.

"Sometimes it happens in a game and you just see & # 39; & # 39; Whoa & # 39;" said Fizdale.

After two nights this season, 35 players have made their NBA debut. It is only the first of many waves; 119 rookies entered at least one game last season, a figure that was greatly helped by the emergence of double-track contracts. The most recent total of last season was the league's highest since 1949-50, when 120 debuted, largely because what was the 12-team BAA the previous year became the 17-team NBA that season.

Trace Young of Atlanta, the No. 5 Pick in the draft, made his first shot in the NBA. The mark was a notable event for Young, who said he launched his first shot attempt in high school, at the university and in the NBA Summer League in July.

Progress, in fact.

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