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Morant among the NBA rookies who made noise in their debuts

MIAMI (AP) – The first three baskets of the season for the Memphis Grizzlies had been all reminders of why the crew needed Ja Morant.

Getting free inside for a layup.

An acrobatic reverse layup off a lob.

A swooping rating over two defenders in transition.

Those had been his first three NBA pictures, his first three NBA makes and with that the profession of the No. 2 choose in this yr’s draft is off and operating. It wasn’t storybook – Memphis flopped in the fourth and wound up shedding 120-101 to the Miami Heat on Wednesday evening – however Morant’s debut was spectacular nonetheless, one among many eye-catching performances by rookies getting an opportunity to have their openers this week.



“I’m real close with Ja,” Heat rookie Tyler Herro mentioned. “He’s a great player. He was drafted No. 2 for a reason and I thought he showed that tonight, just the way he controls the pace on the floor and gets his guys in the right spots. He’s a great point guard.”

Morant had 14 factors, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in his debut. Those numbers would possibly sound modest – however nobody in Grizzlies historical past has ever completed with such a stat line when enjoying their first NBA sport.

“When you sit down with the guy and you talk about basketball, you talk about what he’s seeing on the floor, he’s a step ahead,” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins mentioned. “He’s already seeing plays before they develop. I think our entire team is going to benefit from his unselfish style of play.”

No. 1 choose Zion Williamson is prone to miss the first couple months of the season whereas coping with the aftereffects of meniscus surgical procedure, so Morant is the highest 2019 choose to take the ground thus far this season.

No. Three choose R.J. Barrett scored 21 factors in his debut for New York on Wednesday, coming in a loss at San Antonio. No. four choose De’Andre Hunter is predicted to make his debut Thursday when Atlanta opens in opposition to Detroit. No. 5 choose Darius Garland had eight factors in Cleveland’s season-opening loss in Orlando.

Other notable rookie openers thus far embrace No. 12 choice P.J. Washington hitting seven 3-pointers and scoring 27 factors for Charlotte on Wednesday in its win over Chicago, No. 7 choose Coby White’s 17-point debut for the Bulls in that sport, No. 9 choose Rui Hachimura’s 14-point, 10-rebound effort for Washington in a loss at Dallas – and undrafted rookie Kendrick Nunn scoring 24 factors for Miami in the win over Memphis.

Nunn is 24, making him one among the older rookies who have gotten their NBA debuts this week. He had a 40-point preseason finale final week and turned extra heads Wednesday.

“Man, it’s been a long journey,” Nunn mentioned. “I was in the G League last year, all season and got a last-day callup with the Heat. That worked out and it’s been just an unbelievable ride.”

Morant shot 6 for 12 and had six turnovers in 25 minutes. He had a dunk try swatted away by rookie Chris Silva in the fourth quarter, that play coming throughout a run the place Miami outscored Memphis 24-1 to tug away.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow, practice,” Morant mentioned. “That’s where we can get better, study film and go out there and fix our mistakes.”

He was requested his aim for the season and didn’t hesitate.

“To be the best Ja I can be,” he mentioned.

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