(2.5.99) Vince Carter, Dirk, Paul Pierce & Jason Williams Make Their NBA Debuts
The worst thing about the 98-99 NBA lockout to me was being robbed of a couple months of Vinsanity and White Chocolate highlights. Since the season started mid-season on February the 5th, we also didn’t get an All-Star game and possibly a Vince Carter dunk contest exhibition one-year before the epic 2000 contest – maybe even a dunk-off between Vince and dunk champ Kobe Bryant.
Besides 32 extra games of Vince Carter and Jason Williams, we were also robbed of some extra time to watch rookies like Dirk Nowitzki, Peja Stojakovic and a no-headband wearing Paul Pierce.
Here’s what those rookies did in their NBA regular season debuts.
- Vince Carter vs Celtics: 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 block (5-11 fg, 0-1 3pt)
- Paul Pierce vs Raptors: 19 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals, 4 blocks (7-14 fg, 2-4 3pt)
- Dirk Nowitzki vs Sonics: 2 points, 0 rebounds, 4 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks (0-5 fg, 0-1 3pt)
- Peja Stojakovic vs Spurs: 2 points, 1 rebound, 0 assists, 1 steal, 0 blocks (1-6 fg, 0-3 3pt)
- Jason Williams vs Spurs: 21 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals, 1 block (9-19 fg, 3-7 3pt)
Vince would end up winning the rookie of the year award among arguably the most exciting rookie class in NBA history.