NBA debut roundup: Nets falter, Monta Ellis goes off

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Looking at some of the notable debuts around the NBA, including a tough loss for the new-look Nets and a great start for Monta Ellis.

We've already taken a closer look at some of the high-profile debuts from Wednesday night's busy slate of NBA games, including Michael Carter Williams' outrageous performance against the Miami Heat, Dwight Howard's dominance with the Houston Rockets and Andrew Bynum's return for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

But besides those, there were numerous other notable debuts around the league. Let's take a look at how some of them turned out.

Nets falter against Cavaliers

The new-look Brooklyn Nets staged a late comeback before falling short against the Cleveland Cavaliers in a 98-94 loss. The trio of former Boston Celtics all had their moments, with Paul Pierce scoring 17 points, Jason Terry pouring in 14 off the bench and Kevin Garnett nearly notching a double-double. Garnett also passed Reggie Miller for 14th on the all-time scoring list. The star-studded starting lineup had an offensive rating of 116.4 in nearly 12 minutes of play per's stats page, but the offense often stagnated at other times. Jason Kidd didn't coach due to a suspension for a DWI.

Monta Ball rules in Dallas

Monta Ellis was a bit of a train wreck in Milwaukee, and even he admitted to not being happy with his situation. Now with the Dallas Mavericks, Ellis is ready to show that he's not just an inefficient chucker. The guard is off to a good start, as he put up 32 points on 11-of-17 shooting in a 118-109 win over the Atlanta Hawks. In addition to his efficient shooting night, Ellis added eight assists. On this night, Monta really did have it all, which made things super fun for Mavs fans.

J-Smoove excels in Detroit

When the Detroit Pistons signed Josh Smith, there were major questions about how effective the team would be with an apparent spacing problem on offense. Against the Washington Wizards, there was no problem at all. Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond all had strong games, with Smith scoring an efficient 19 points on 12 shots. J-Smoove even went 3-of-7 from three-point range, which could both be a good or bad thing for Detroit.

Iggy quiet for Warriors

Andre Iguodala is going to be a big part of the Golden State Warriors this year, but he was rather quiet in his debut against the Los Angeles Lakers. Iguodala tallied seven points, four rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes, although it's not like he was asked to carry a big load. Klay Thompson did the bulk of that work, scoring 38 points in a 125-94 romp. Iguodala also played his trademark excellent defense, which will be huge for Golden State all year.

Mixed bag for new Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans are one of the more intriguing teams in the league with all their backcourt talent to go along with Anthony Davis. It was a mixed bag for the new talent in the backcourt, as Jrue Holiday had a strong performance while Tyreke Evans was a dud in a 95-90 loss to the Indiana Pacers. Holiday had 24 points, seven rebounds and five assists in his debut, but Evans managed just four points on 2-of-8 shooting off the bench. In addition to those two, there was another Pelican that made a debut...

Jefferson stymied by Rockets

Al Jefferson was battling an ankle injury, but he decided to give it a go for the Charlotte Bobcats in their opener against Houston. Considering the Rockets trot out two of the best frontcourt defenders in the league in Omer Asik and Dwight Howard, it wasn't exactly the best matchup for Jefferson. Sure enough, the big man was limited to 6-of-19 shooting in a 96-83 loss.

Bargs booed at the Garden

Andrea Bargnani got used to being booed in Toronto, but he couldn't have expected it to come so soon with the New York Knicks. But for every brick Bargnani tossed up, the Madison Square Garden crowd grew more restless and let the former No. 1 overall pick hear it. The Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 90-83, but Bargnani had a woeful debut, scoring just six points on 3-of-9 shooting overall and 0-of-3 from long range. Il Mago also turned the ball over three times and was a minus-11 on the night.

Bennett struggles in 1st NBA game

In no. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett's NBA debut for the Cleveland Cavaliers, the forward recorded just two points in 15 minutes and missed all five of his shot attempts, including three three-pointers. On the plus side, he did grab five rebounds and was a plus-10. Silver linings?

Bledsoe shines for Suns

Eric Bledsoe is expected to be a key component for the rebuilding Phoenix Suns, and he showed why in a surprising 104-91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. The athletic youngster had 22 points on just 12 shots, getting to the free throw line 11 times. He also added seven rebounds and six assists in the victory.

Millsap a bright spot in loss

Paul Millsap was one of the steals of free agency, and despite the fact that the Atlanta Hawks fell to the Dallas Mavericks, the Hawks had to be happy with what they saw out of their new power forward. Millsap was one of the bright spots in the loss, scoring 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting. One area of improvement  for the forward is on the boards, as Millsap only snagged five of them.

K-Mart up-and-down in overtime victory

The Minnesota Timberwolves signed Kevin Martin to give them some scoring pop on the wing, and he certainly did that with 23 points in a thrilling 120-115 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic. It wasn't the most efficient of nights, as Martin shot just 6-of-19 from the field. However, he made up for that by going 9-of-9 from the charity stripe and by knocking down some clutch shots late.

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