James Harden made his long-anticipated debut for the Houston Rockets last night, and he couldn't have asked for a better game.
In 44 minutes, he introduced us to a Harden we had never seen in three years in Oklahoma City, scoring 37 points while dishing out an incredible 12 assists and coming away with four steals.
Sure enough, Houston defeated the Detroit Pistons, 105-96.
Harden's performance was just a small slice of what shaped up to be a phenomenal Day 2 of the 2012-13 NBA season. Rookies had phenomenal debuts, and reigning veterans put up amazing numbers in seemingly limited minutes.
In what may have been some of the finest performances of all, big men just took over in the paint and made it clear that while they may not be their team's best, they can still take people to school when necessary.
Thus, while Harden had a great game, his was far from the only great performance last night.
Based on how some of the NBA's finest performed over the season's first two days, fans are in for what is shaping up to be one exciting season.