Pretty interesting to see who had the best rookie season, its no surprise who it is though.

Bleacher Report: Sometimes, NBA rookies play more like seasoned veterans than inexperienced first-year guys.

When Bill Russell entered the league in 1956, he proved to be a man among boys as he grabbed 19.6 rebounds per game and led the Boston Celtics to their first ever world championship.

Throughout the history of the NBA, several rookies have put up brilliant numbers. In fact, some have even averaged over 30 points per game in their debut seasons.

Here is a list of the top 25 rookies of all time.

#10 Magic Johnson (1979-1980):

Selected by the Los Angeles Lakers with the No. 1 overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft, Johnson quickly became one of the best point guards in the league. The former Michigan State star averaged 18 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game.

Filling in for the injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson posted 42 points, 15 rebounds, and 7 assists in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals as the Lakers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers for the title. Magic was named Finals MVP.

#5 Elgin Baylor (1958-1959):

After being selected by the Minneapolis Lakers with the No.1 overall pick in the 1958 NBA Draft, Baylor averaged 24.9 points and 15 rebounds per game in his debut season.

The year before Baylor had arrived, the Lakers finished in last place. However, with Baylor in the lineup, the Lakers reached the NBA Finals where they were swept by the Boston Celtics.

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