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NBA Opening Night a Good One for Jayhawk Rookies

The NBA opened its season this week and Kansas' has several alums making their debuts following the 2008 National Championship Season.

Mario Chalmers started for the Miami Heat and probably has many wishing they hadn't passed on hm in round 1. Mario is clearly an NBA ready guard and outplayed his more celebrated rookie counterpart Michael Beasley. Mario's final line of 17pts, 7 rebs, and 8 assists is no small contribution and will certainly earn him continued time with the Heat going forward.

Moving on to Memphis and Darrell Arthur. While Arthur didn't start he did gain a lot of attention with his first career NBA double double. Arthur grabbed an impressive 15 rebounds while also putting up 11 points for the Memphis Grizzlies.

Brandon Rush logged 24 minutes in his debut with the Indiana Pacers. Rush scored 7pts during a game against the Pistons where his teamate Danny Granger scored 33pts in a loss.

Not to be outdone NBA vets Paul Pierce(27pts, 4ast, 3reb), Kirk Hinrich(15pts, 7ast) and Drew Gooden(13pts, 8reb, 3stl) all had strong games in their openers on Tuesday night. Jacque Vaughn and Nick Collison also saw action on NBA opening night.