Luka Doncic already knows what he will find in the next 81 games of his life. The Slovenian base debuted with the Dallas Mavericks and did so with a loss (121-100) against the Phoenix Suns. Your first conclusion? "I know I can do much better and the truth is that I have not played my best game," said the former Real Madrid player. Its premiere was marked by the fouls (3 at the break), the errors in the shot (5/16) and the flashes of a player called to be very important from now on the Mavs. Doncic finished with 10 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, although the numbers were not important. «It's a special day for me. Debute here is like a dream come true and I felt very good, "he said.
Doncic had front number one of the "draft". Deandre Ayton is called to be his great rival in the fight for the Rookie of the Year award and the Bahamian center responded to expectations with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists. In addition, the Slovenian was reunited with the coach of his country, Igor Kokoskov, with which he was proclaimed Eurobasket champion of 2016. The Serbian coach is the first European who serves as a coach in a US franchise and started with a victory. The massive premiere of the Spanish players (only Abrines debuted on the opening day with a loss to the Warriors) was marked by the limited role with the exception of Nikola Mirotic.
In his fifth season in the League, the first complete with the New Orleans Pelicans, he starred in the surprise of the day with the victory (112-131) against the Houston Rockets, one of the few candidates able to discuss the ring to the Warriors. The power forward contributed 30 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists and showed that with Anthony Davis he can form one of the best inner pairs of the League. Between them they signed some scandal numbers: 62 points, 26 rebounds and 11 assists.
Ricky Rubio He was the other holder among the Spaniards. The El Masnou base (1 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists) helped the Jazz win against the Kings (117-123), although Ricky was far from his exceptional performance in the second half of last season.
Pau's first game in his eighteenth season in the United States ended with a win against the Timberwolves (112-108). Without Parker, without Ginobili and without Kawhi Leonard, Pau came off the bench and did not need to score much (5 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists) to be important in the Spurs victory.
Ibaka and Juancho Hernangómez They also premiered with separate triumphs. The power forward of Congolese origin shared departure bench with the national coach, Sergio Scariolo, which was his premiere as an assistant coach in the NBA. Ibaka scored 9 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and put 3 blocks against the Cavs (116-104). The youngest of the Hernangomez had 15 minutes, something more than he played last year, and added 5 points against the Clippers (98-107).
José Manuel Calderón, in his first game in the new stage with the Pistons, did not play in the victory of the Detroit (103-100) against the Brooklyn Nets. And Marc Gasol and Willy Hernangómez started with two defeats. The Grizzlies were crushed in Indiana (111-83) in what looked like the announcement of another very difficult season in Memphis despite the return of Mike Conley. Marc contributed 13 points and 6 rebounds. Willy, who was expected more prominence in Charlotte, only played 12 minutes (9 points and 5 rebounds) in the loss (112-113) against the Bucks.
Results: Charlotte Hornets, 112-Milwaukee Bucks, 113; Detroit Pistons, 103-Brooklyn Nets, 100; Indiana Pacers, 113-Memphis Grizzlies, 83; Orlando Magic, 103-Miami Heat, 100; New York Knicks, 126-Atlanta Hawks, 107; Toronto Raptors, 116-Cleveland Cavaliers, 104; Houston Rockets, 112-New Orleans Pelicans, 131; San Antonio Spurs, 112-Minnesota Timberwolves, 108; Sacramento Kings, 117-Utah Jazz, 123; Phoenix Suns, 121-Dallas Mavericks, 100 and Los Angeles Clippers, 98-Denver Nuggets, 107.