Every day from now until the end of the season, The Rookie Wall will bring you the “Rookie of the Night.” This rookie was the player who made the greatest impact on us in the previous nights game. This doesn’t necessarily mean they had the best stat line, as they may have made one big play or done something noteworthy on the bench.
The inaugural Rookie of the Night is Armon Johnson of the Portland Trail Blazers. Johnson was the first, and only, rookie to score on NBA Opening Night.
In only nine minutes the combo guard from Nevada managed to score six points, grab two rebounds, and hand out three assists. Johnson entered the game with 29 seconds left in the first quarter and found Rudy Fernandez for his first NBA assist on the second play of the second quarter.
Early in the fourth quarter with the Blazers trailing the Suns by three, Johnson had four straight points and kept the game in reach until he checked out with 6:50 remaining in the game. Definitely a strong start for Johnson who was questionable to make the team coming into training camp.