NBA Playoff Debuts: Grading Lillard, Wall, Walker, DeRozan and the Rest

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NBA Playoff Debuts: Grading Lillard, Wall, Walker, DeRozan and the Rest
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The Blazers' Damian Lillard looks like an old pro in his first playoff appearance.

Maybe experience is overrated. Eight young starters are making their playoff debuts this year, and, with one exception, none of them are showing their age. They haven't crumpled under the pressure. They haven't choked on the roar of sold-out crowds. They haven't snapped from rough, physical play. No technical fouls, no tantrums, no tears.

Based upon their poise and performance in the first three to four games, here are grades for the playoff debuts of the Portland Blazers' Damian Lillard, the Washington Wizards' John Wall and Bradley Beal, the Charlotte Bobcats' Kemba Walker and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and the Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross and Jonas Valanciunas.

 

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