Two-time All-Star Victor Oladipo and seven-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge both had a solid debuts for their respective teams.
Oladipo showed what his role would be with the Miami Heat in his first game wearing their pink and blue jersey.
Against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, the 28-year-old two-way explosive guard provided what was expected from him.
Despite only putting up six points, three rebounds, five assists and two steals in 23 minutes of playing time, he did more than what can be seen in the stat-sheet, to help the Heat grab the 116-109 win.
Oladipo provided flexibility for their lineup, starting as the point guard in the game. He also showed that his presence along with Jimmy Butler on the wing would make a hell of a defensive combo for the team.
In one particular play, he locked up Curry which frustrated the two-time MVP to a point that he couldn’t do anything else but laugh it off.
The former Indiana Hoosiers standout only played 23 minutes and only attempted eight shots tonight as he was plagued with fouls but this debut is a positive start for Oladipo and the Heat.
On the other hand, Aldridge impressed not only the critics but even his teammates in his debut for the Brooklyn Nets.
The 35-year-old veteran forward started in his first game with the Nets and as expected provided some veteran smarts without disrupting their offense.
He finished with 11 points, nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block and shot 4-10 from the field, he was also +22 in the plus-minus category to help the Nets blowout the Charlotte Hornets, 111-89.
Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Blake Griffin all got excited when he made his first official shot as a Net.
After the game, Aldridge expressed his comfort with his new team and how they looked in his first official game with the Nets.
Nets are still at the top of the East with a, 34-15 record and have won four-straight games. While the Heat are slowly closing on moving up to the fourth spot with a record of 25-24, they’re currently the fifth best team in the East.
These two are off to a good start and it’ll be exciting to see what can they do more in their new team.
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