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Comparing the greats

Magic Johnson and Larry Bird are credited with saving the NBA back in the 1980s. The two dynamic superstars developed a rivalry in college and brought their teams to the NBA Finals and created new interest in the league. Almost 25 years later, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are taking the league to new heights once again with their youthfulness and energetic style of play. ESPN.com decided to compare the statistics from their first season in the NBA of the two sets of rookie sensations.

Boston Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers

Cleveland Cavaliers

Denver Nuggets

Rookie Season Totals