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Old Faces in New Places: How Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis fared on debut for their new teams

Anthony Davis and Kawhi Leonard
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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.

Kawhi Leonard

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.

MORE: Takeaways from Clippers' win over the Lakers

The next couple of games for the Klaw are on the road in San Francisco and Phoenix.

Anthony Davis

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:

The next few games for Davis are at home against the Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets, and the Memphis Grizzlies.

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