The First Baskets Of 50 All-Time NBA Greats
The first day of at a new job is tough -- especially if it's your first gig right out of college. You'll try and fail and look stupid and get yelled at, hopefully figuring out how you fit in before they fire you for being the annoying person asking all the questions.
If this terrific montage of NBA greats scoring the first baskets of their NBA careers makes it very apparent that not everyone has that the issue when they enter the workforce.
Fun observation: most great NBA players' first field goals were scored in a way that perfectly foreshadows the iconic trademarks that would come to define each of them. For instance, would you believe that John Stockton's first bucket as a pro came off a steal? What about that Karl Malone's came off a pass from Stockton? Charles Barkley scored his first field goal (a two-handed dunk) off a rebound, as did Shaq. Would you be surprised if we told you that Michael Jordan's journey to 32,292 points started with a hanging midrange pull-up? Take a wild guess who assisted Scottie Pippen's first basket. Do it. Guess.
(It was Mike.)
Some other random observations:
- Ray Allen's first bucket came on a 15-foot jumper after crossing up Allen Iverson.
- Kobe Bryant took and made a 28-footer with four seconds left on the shot clock (against the team that drafted, then traded him).
- Reggie Miller's first score came from literally underneath the hoop, which we found ironic.
- Shawn Bradley assisted Dirk Nowitzki's first score.
- The Philadelphia 76ers basically gave Tony Parker a wide open look from three (something he still experiences).
- Chris Paul intercepted a pass from Peja Stojakovic (intended for Mike Bibby), then took the ball 75 feet to finish over Brad Miller.
- Paul also assisted Blake Griffin's first bucket -- a predictably insane one-handed stuff off an alley oop.
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