You want to know who never put up a game of 16 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 blocks in their rookie season? A lot of players, but most pertinently for this description, Dwight Howard.
Unlike the last time I showed a stat and then claimed rookie Dwight never got it, I was lying to prove a point. There are no lies this time; Dwight truly never did achieve the statline that Adebayo did tonight until his fourth season in the league. However, lest you think that Adebayo is on a sure path to stardom, let me remind you: John Henson put up a 17/25/7 game in his rookie season, and he never turned into anything. Highlights of the performance are available elsewhere on my channel. Please excuse the quality. I had no idea what I was doing.
But even if Adebayo turns into a Henson more than a Dwight, we’ll always have this game where he terrorized the Raptors in all aspects of the game except for three-point shooting. That part comes later this season.