The 2019 offseason saw multiple high-caliber superstars changing teams - six of the 15 players (40%) voted to the 2019 All-NBA teams.
The player movement has brought along with it, the era of superduos - LeBron James & Anthony Davis with the Lakers, Paul George & Kawhi Leonard with the LA Clippers and Russell Westbrook & James Harden in Houston - to name a few.
So, along with all the mouth-watering contests in the opening week, watching these old faces in new places donning new jerseys ought to be weird as well. Who's going to perform the best in a new situation?
We've got you covered as we track the debuts of all superstars for their new teams.
W vs. Los Angeles Lakers - 30 points (10-19 FG's), six rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block.
Just like he did with the Toronto Raptors last season, Kawhi Leonard seamlessly plugged himself into a team that already had a system, rotation and structure in place.
Although he received a lot of help from the Clippers bench, led by Lou Williams (21 points), he carried the team on his shoulders with Paul George seated on the bench in a suit and bowtie. At one point, he made six straight buckets in the second quarter, a period where the Clippers outscored the Lakers 40-29.
In his 32 minutes, the Clippers were a +5. He guarded LeBron James on multiple occasions and drove right into Anthony Davis for makes on the other end.
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The next couple of games for the Klaw are on the road in San Francisco and Phoenix.
👀 @kawhileonard (30 PTS, 6 REB, 5 AST) & @AntDavis23 (25 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST) fill up the stat sheet in their LA debuts! #KiaTipOff19 pic.twitter.com/UOe9Y1PsNg- NBA (@NBA) October 23, 2019
L vs. LA Clippers - 25 points (8-21 FG's), 10 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks.
Anthony Davis has been a beast in season-opening games, at least the last three years. However, he only brought some of that for his Lakers' debut against the Clippers.
Yes, he finished with a double-double and even recorded five assists but it was a rough night overall. He only shot 8-of-21 (38.1%) from the field and combined with LeBron for just 1-of-6 in the final quarter. In his 37 minutes of action, he was +3 but he seemed to struggle to take over along with James in the final quarter:
LeBron James and Anthony Davis combined for as many turnovers (5) as they did made baskets (5) in the second half.- Micah Adams (@MicahAdams13) October 23, 2019
The next few games for Davis are at home against the Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, and the Memphis Grizzlies.