Top 5 NBA Players With The Most Points In Their Debut Game
The National Basketball Association (NBA) has seen some of the greatest players in the history of the sport. Here are five legendary players and their debut games in the league.
1. Wilt Chamberlain
Wilt Chamberlain, one of the biggest NBA prospects ever, had a sensational debut for the Philadelphia Warriors in 1959, scoring 43 points and grabbing 28 rebounds against the New York Knicks.
2. Frank Selvy
Frank Selvy was the number one overall pick in the 1954 NBA Draft, and his first game for the Baltimore Bullets saw him put up 35 points, nine rebounds, and six assists against the Boston Celtics.
3. Maurice Stokes
Maurice Stokes was the Rochester Royals’ second overall pick in 1955, and despite playing just three seasons before a career-ending injury, he was an All-Star in each of his first three seasons. In his first game, he recorded 32 points, 20 rebounds, and eight assists in a loss to the Knicks.
4. John Drew
John Drew played for 11 seasons and became a two-time All-Star with the Atlanta Hawks and Utah Jazz. In his debut game in 1974, Drew scored 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds but was unable to stop the Chicago Bulls from winning the game.
5. Isiah Thomas
Isiah Thomas was an undersized superstar who became one of the greatest point guards in NBA history. In his debut game for the Detroit Pistons in 1981, Thomas scored 31 points, had seven assists, and four rebounds in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
These legendary players set the tone for their illustrious careers by making an impact in their debut games. They demonstrated their talent and skill, which is enough to earn them a place in the sport’s history.