3 Takeaways From NBA Opening Night Part 2

LeBron is still the party starter, DeMar DeRozan’s gonna grow in Texas and DeAndre Ayton is David Robinson with a jumper.

The NBA Season Doesn’t Officially Begin Until  King James’ Lakeshow Takes Court

Magic Johnson and LeBron James have 8 NBA championships, 6 Finals MVPs, 7 League MVP awards and 26 All-Star appearances between their combined careers. Two of the greatest winners and socially philanthropic masterminds of our time have combined forces to try and win a championship in LA in a time when Golden State’s Dynasty rules the landscape and Super Teams sit at the top of the food chain.

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Together they are the main attraction and people will tune in to see Bron, whether they want him to win or wish him a slow defeat at the hands of Dame D.O.L.L.A. and crew.

DeMar DeRozan Is Taking Flight

DeMar DeRozan may explode into a next stratosphere as a player under the tutelage of Gregg Popovich and a more disciplined and a more refined offensive system, suited to his mid-range and driving capabilities. He already knows how to win after leading Toronto to a franchise-high 59 wins last season, the guard/forward looked comfortable slashing and dashing and dicing to the hole, while dropping 28 points in his debut with the San Antonio Spurs in a win over the T-Wolves. I look forward to seeing him progress in the offense as the year progresses. Kawhi could score, so can LaMarcus Aldridge, but Pop hasn’t had a “killer” in a long time.

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Historic Debut For No.1 Overall Pick DeAndre Ayton

The Phoenix Suns’ multi-skilled No. 1 Draft pick came through in his NBA debut. Leading the Phoenix Suns to a 121-100 win over Dallas.  The Suns had the worst record in the Western Conference last year, winning just 24 games.  The 7-footer has made an immediate impact, the kind that you hope for when you draft a guy No. 1.

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18/10/6/1/1 on 72.7% from the field. As professional debuts go, DeAndre Ayton had himself a game. Only Oscar Robertson, Elgin Baylor and Maurice Stokes can match his points, boards and assists totals. https://t.co/GUGwAv1uEv

No. 3 overall pick, international import Luka Doncic struggled from the field (5-of-16) for Dallas but managed 10 points and 8 rebounds which isn’t a sucky debut.

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The two rookies will meet again as they continue to grow into the centerpieces of their respective teams.

No. 2 overall pick Marvin Bagley III was the only one of the Top 3 picks to come off the bench. He had 6 points and 5 rebounds in 12 minutes of action for the Sacramento Kings.

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