These 3 Rookies Exploding Out Of The Gate

Sometimes it takes rookies a bit of time to get acclimated to play in the NBA. Don't tell that to this year's class however. Three rookies have exploded out of the gate with incredible starts to their pro career. And we begin with the No. 1 overall pick, Paolo Banchero of the Orlando Magic. 

Through his first three games, Banchero has averaged 23.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.0 blocks. 

"Once he truly learns the NBA's in and outs, he's going to be scary," said another former No.1 overall pick, Blake Griffin, whose Boston Celtics faced Banchero Saturday night. 

Also absolutely tearing it up out of the gate, No. 6 overall pick Bennedict Mathurin of the Indiana Pacers. 

After a blistering 27-point effort on Saturday, his 3-game averages are now 24 points and 6.3 rebounds while shooting an incredible 52.4% from 3-point range—on volume (seven attempts per game). And he's joined some pretty incredible company:

The only other four players in the last 40+ years to score at least 72 points in their first three career games are Michael Jordan, Isiah Thomas (the original), Dominique Wilkins, and Jerry Stackhouse. And it hadn't been done in 27 years. 

The only question about Mathurin—How long can they keep him out of the starting lineup?!

Picked just ahead of Mathurin, at No. 5 overall, was Jaden Ivey of the Detroit Pistons. In a head-to-head with Mathurin Saturday night, Ivey went 17-10-5. 

He's now averaging 17.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 6.6 assists while shooting 45.5% from long distance. 

And No. 4 pick Keegan Murray just got started with 19 points in his first NBA game on Saturday for the Sacramento Kings. 

Looks like another exciting year ahead for the NBA freshman.

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