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The three greatest NBA rookie debuts in recent history

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Auston Matthews produced a fantastic moment in NHL history last night as he became the first player in a century to score four goals on his rookie debut. 

The 19-year-old scored all of the Toronto Maple Leaf's goals in an overtime loss to the Ottawa Senators and showed exactly what he is about after entering the league as the number one draft pick. 

After a rare night of joy for the Toronto organisation - despite the loss - it got us thinking; what are some of the most impressive NBA debuts from rookies? Special mentions must go out to Oscar Robertson and Wilt Chamberlain, but here are three from the modern era. 

3. LeBron James

The King entered the league with a similar level of hype to Matthews in the NHL and did not disappoint as he shot 60 percent from the field in a loss to the Sacramento Kings. 

Despite going down 106-92 to the Kings, there was enough there to make Cavs fans positive for the future. LeBron recorded 25 points, nine assists, four steals and six blocks in his 42 minutes of action. 

Well, we all know what happened in the future. And nobody was surprised. 

2016 NBA Finals - Game Seven

2. Lamar Odom

Odom's career never reached the heights many people thought it would. After his opening night display, most fans believed he was a nailed-on future All-Star, but it never happened. 

Playing for the L.A. Clippers against the Seattle SuperSonics, Odom put on a clinic as went 10-18 from the field in the 104-92 defeat. He was also 2-5 from three-point territory and a somewhat disappoint 8-15 from the free-throw line.

But 30 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and as many blocks was a mammoth display. He would only beat that scoring tally once in his rookie campaign, during a win over Seattle. 

Lamar Odom #7

1. Michael Carter-Williams

The best night of Carter-Williams' NBA career came on his first. Since winning the Rookie of the Year award he has been unable to truly establish himself. Now playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, this night with the Philadelphia 76ers was crazy.

Playing against Miami Heat, who boasted LeBron James and Chris Bosh, MCW came incredibly close a quadruple-double as the Sixers kicked off their campaign with a win. 

22 points - off 60 percent shooting - 12 assists, seven rebounds and an incredible nine steals show what a truly amazing night he had at the Wells Fargo Center. 

Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers

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