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NBA Barometer: Opening Night Analysis

Shannon McKeown

Shannon McKeown

Shannon McKeown is the VP of Advertising Sales and Basketball Editor for He's a two-time FSWA finalist for Fantasy Basketball writer of the year. He also covers the Pistons and Tigers for the site.

The Hype Train Has Arrived

In the grand scheme of fantasy basketball, one game is barely a blip on the radar. But when that one game is a professional debut that reaches historic levels, it's hard not to get overly excited.

Michael Carter-Williams' debut from Wednesday night should have fantasy owners brimming with excitement. The rookie point guard had arguably the best rookie debut of the past 40 years. MCW put together a mind-blowing line in his debut, finishing with 22 points, 12 assists, nine steals, seven rebounds and four three-pointers in 36 minutes against the Heat. Per Basketball Reference's Game Score rating, which factors in categories across the board to determine a player's productivity in a single game, Carter-Williams finished with a score of 35.7. Lamar Odom (25.1) and LeBron James (24.7) rank second and third historically on the list, and there are plenty of other impressive names in the top-16, includi

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