Hoop heads, you're in for a treat today! The NBA landscape is shimmering with star debuts and triumphant returns, and we're here to break down every high-flying, rim-rattling moment. Grab your coffee, and let’s jump right in!
Combo guard Cam Thomas of the Brooklyn Nets scored 36 points in 25 minutes of playing time during the opening game versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. All those points came off the bench. What a stud.
Cam Thomas is RED HOT.— NBA (@NBA) October 26, 2023
He's got 15 PTS at the end of Q1 🔥 pic.twitter.com/xxYUBmNqHj
Jayson Tatum went right back to work for the Boston Celtics. If you believe in these Celtics, Tatum provides tremendous value at +750 to win MVP. With Jrue Holiday now beside him, 2023 could finally be Tatum’s year.
Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors got off to a high-flying start against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Although that game teetered back and forth, Siakam crushed a couple of clutch threes, and new Raps head coach Darko Rajakovic picked up his first NBA win,
But Anthony Edwards had all the answers. A stalwart of Team USA’s FIBA World Cup team this summer, Edwards is set to take the leap into superstardom this season. He’s currently +3000 to win MVP, or more intriguingly +5000 to lead the NBA in points per game.
Victor Wembanyama walked in like Neo for his NBA debut. He may have already proved why he’s “The One”. Watching Wembanyama move on the court is like watching poetry in motion - if poems were 7-foot-4 and could leap like they have springs for legs.
His presence on both ends of the court is already leaving fans and opponents alike in awe. Wembanyama sparkled in his first NBA game, shooting six-for-nine and filling the stat sheet with 15 points, five rebounds, and two assists.
The Wemby era is officially upon us. Strap in for the ride.
Chet Holmgren’s Thunderous Debut for OKC
Over in Oklahoma City, another rookie giant made his mark. Chet Holmgren made the NBA world remember why he was a top pick last year. He's another unicorn skyscraper with skills. Beyond scoring 11 points and snagging four rebounds, Holmgren added one steal and also banged in two of three three-point attempts.
With Holmgren’s rim protection and smooth jumper, the Thunder may have finally found their storm. His synergy with all-world point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has the potential to surprise the NBA’s Western Conference. If you’re feeling frisky, Holmgren is +350 to win NBA Rookie of the Year, while SGA sits at +1900 to win MVP. The sky's the limit for the much-improved Thunder.
Zion’s High Flying Return to the Pelicans
Zion Williamson is back, baby! Returning to the hardwood for the Pelicans, Zion looked like he hadn’t missed a beat. A noticeably slimmer Zion flew higher than a Space X rocket last night, exploding for 23 points and seven rebounds. His mix of power and agility is normally seen only by those possessing infinity stones. Is that you, Loki?
Zion’s rim-rattling dunks are a reminder of what the Association’s been missing. His chemistry with Brandon Ingram, C.J. McCollum, and a maturing Pelicans squad will be a story to watch as the season progresses. We could see major fireworks in the Big Easy.