Rookie Showdown: Round 1

Unsus­pect­ingly, games that would have gone unwatched and def­i­nitely unre­mem­bered, defi­antly stake their claim on the col­lec­tive bas­ket­ball watch­ing con­scious­ness. The Magic-Sixers game on the 3rd of Decem­ber 2013 was one such game. There was no drama going into the matchup. No hype. No rivalry. No story-line. And when it was over, 2 over­times later, we were left with the first rookie head to head bat­tle of the sea­son. Michael Carter Williams and Vic­tor Oladipo went head to head, toe to toe & triple dou­ble to triple dou­ble (first time two rook­ies have ever had triple dou­bles in the same game). The Six­ers man­aged to get the W, Afflalo con­tin­ued his out-of-nowhere jump into semi-stardom and dropped 43, but even­tu­ally it was the first sig­nif­i­cant rookie show­down of the sea­son, & hope­fully a the begin­ning of a matchup we’ll look for­ward to for years to come.

Here are the over­all game highlights:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inQSik-GBts&feature=player_embedded

Dev Kabir Malik has a clinically alarming dependence on basketball and spends most of his time watching, analyzing, writing and even playing a little pickup (and some 2K too). In the little time he has left, he dabbles with design, art & music.