Kentucky Rookies Make NBA Debuts: Wall, Cousins, Bledsoe

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DeMarcus Cousins and Eric Bledsoe kicked off their NBA careers on Wednesday night. Cousins played an integral part in a Kings’ 117-116 win at Minnesota, while Bledsoe saw under a minute of action.

Boogie got the start in his first career game and was one of four Sacramento starters to finish in double figures. He played just over 26 minutes and had 14 points, eight rebounds and five assists. He was 5-for-10 from the floor, decided to pull once from three and missed, and was 4-for-6 from the line. Foul trouble continued to be a problem as he committed five fouls but he limited his turnovers with just two.

A big storyline entering the game was Cousins, the No. 5 overall pick, facing Wesley Johson, the No. 4 overall pick out of Syracuse. After being drafted fifth, Cousins said he was anxious to prove the four teams that passed on him that they were wrong. After the win, he avoided his earlier comments.

The Kings were playing without former Memphis point guard Tyreke Evans, who was serving a one-game suspension for pleading no-contest to a reckless driving charge.  

The Clippers lost to the Blazers, 98-88, on Wednesday night. Bledsoe saw the court for just 39 seconds, but found the time to pull a three in limited action. It did not fall. The story of the game for the Clippers was the beast that is Blake Griffin, who finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds in his debut.

John Wall and the Wizards opened their season last night against the Orlando Magic in a game that was nationally televised on TNT. Needless to say, the Wizards looked like a team that just picked No. 1 overall in the NBA Draft. They looked terrible as the Magic and a bearded Vince Carter crushed them, 112-83.

Wall led the team in minutes, with 35, and was second in scoring with 14. He finished 6-for-19 from the field and was 2-for-3 from the line, nine assists, three steals and three turnovers. He racked up a lot of his numbers after the game was clearly over.

“It was tough,” Wall said. “It’s really telling me what I need to work on, but I already know. But as a team aspect, we have a lot we need to work on.”

It could be a tough year for the Wiz as they looked completely overwhelmed on the court. The only Washington player who even looked like he had a clue what he was doing with the veteran, Kirk Hinrich. They were playing without Gilbert Arenas, but he is proving more and more everyday how big of an idiot he is, so I’m not sure how big of a deal that is. His talent is evident, but his brain is not.

Here are the rest of the games this week.

DeMarcus Cousins (SAC)

Friday, October 29 – 7:00 p.m. at New Jersey
Saturday, October 30 – 17:30 p.m. at Cleveland

Eric Bledsoe (LAC)

Friday, October 29 – 10:30 p.m. at Golden State
Sunday, October 31 – 3:30 p.m. vs. Dallas

John Wall (WAS)

Saturday, October 30 – 7 p.m. at Atlanta