Luka Doncic he was released in the NBA with an uneven performance and the dismay of the defeat of his team, Dallas Mavericks, in Phoenix (121-100). The ex-player of Real Madrid, one of the main focuses of attention in the NBA for his successful baggage in Europe with only 19 years and elected in the third place of the draft, exhibited his repertoire in his first official. He started, was 32 minutes on the court and added 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
The Slovenian player, however, was not fine in the shot and missed the five triples and two free throws he threw. Even so, he was convinced by the remarkable game he showed, his good handling of the ball and his ability to connect with DeAndre Jordan. The expiration of the Clippers, the Mavericks' main signing this season, added 11 points and 12 rebounds.
The Suns completed an excellent performance. His star, the young Devin Booker, scored 35 points, with 6 of 10 in the triples, plus seven assists and four rebounds. Booker, 21, has signed a new contract for five seasons and 158 million dollars.
And the number one in the draft, the pivot of the Bahamas, Deandre Dayton, debuted with an extraordinary performance: 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. The Suns also benefited from the remarkable work of another of their additions this season, the forward from Houston, Trevor Ariza, author of 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
The Mavericks could not count on Nowitzki, who is recovering from an injury. Rick Carlisle, his coach, arranged a starting line-up consisting of Dennis Smith (13 points and five assists), Doncic, Matthews (15 points), Finney (12 points) and DeAndre Jordan. The match was also the first Serbian official Igor Kokoskov, the first European coach in the NBA. Kokoskov, also Slovenia's coach, won the Eurobasket in 2017 in which Doncic was one of the main protagonists.
Pau Gasol comes from the bench
San Antonio beat Minnesta (112-108). The Spurs face a season with many changes in which absences are noted from Ginóbili, Parker and Danny Green. Also missing Dejonte Murray, the base that should form in the starting lineup but is injured.
Gregg Popovich formed a first quintet without Pau Gasol. The first five was formed by Forbes, DeRozan, the star signing from the Raptors, Gay, Aldridge and the Austrian center Poeltl. DeRozan added 28 points and Aldridge scored an extraordinary performance with 21 points and 19 rebounds. Rudy Gay added 18 points.
Pau Gasol came off the bench and added five points, seven rebounds and six assists in 23 minutes. In Minnesota they highlighted Teague (27 points), Butler (23) and Wiggins (20). Towns only played 22 minutes and scored eight points.
The Pelicans surprise in Houston
New Orleans starred in the surprise to win in Houston (112-131). The Pelicans' inside pair was decisive with 32 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists from Anthony Davis and 30 points, 10 rebounds and three assists from Nikola Mirotic. They also highlighted Julius Randle, with 25 points, and Etwaun Moore, with 21. The Rockets could not with the Pelicans despite the 21 points of Eric Gordon, the 19 of Chris Paul and PJ Tucker, and the 18 of Harden.
Utah won in Sacramento (117-123). Mitchell, with 24 points, English, with 22, and French center Gobert, with 19 points and 15 rebounds, laid the foundations of the Jazz triumph. Ricky Rubio he only scored one point and delivered four assists in the 22 minutes he played.
Defeat of Memphis
Marc Gasol He had 13 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals, although Memphis lost 111-83 to Indiana. Bojan Bogdanovic, with 19 points, and Victor Oladipo, with 16, were the top scorers of the match.
José Manuel Caderón, that initiates its second stage in Detroit, did not play in the first party that its equipment gained before Brooklyn (103-100). He highlighted the inner pair of the Pistons, with 26 points from Blake Griffin and 24 points and 20 rebounds from Andre Drummond.
Serge Ibaka He came off the bench to score nine points and capture seven rebounds in Toronto's win against Cleveland (116-104). Kawhi Leonard, the most outstanding Raptors incorporation from San Antonio, opened with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Kyle Lowry also stood out with 27 points and eight assists.
Willy Hernangómez He scored nine points and five rebounds in 12 minutes in the game that Charlotte lost to Milwaukee (112-113). Seven triples and 41 points from Kemba Walker were not enough against the Bucks. Antetokounmpo, with 25 points and 18 rebounds, Khris Middleton, with 19 points, and Bledsoe, with 17 points, forged the Milwaukee triumph.
Juancho Hernangómez played 15 minutes and contributed five points and six rebounds to Denver's triumph in the Clippers' court (98-107). Jokic, with 21 points, Gary Harris, with 20, and Barton, with 19, were the top scorers of the Nuggets.