Caitlin Clark’s debut is strikingly similar to that of Michael Jordan: Fans analyze her data and hallucinate. |T

Caitlin Clark’s debut is strikingly similar to that of Michael Jordan: Fans analyze her data and hallucinate

 

Caitlin Clark made her long-anticipated WNBA debut, with the Indiana Fever losing to the Connecticut Sun 92-71 on Tuesday night.

Clark, who set records as the NCAA’s all-time Division I scoring leader, managed to score 20 points despite early setbacks.

The Indiana Fever attempted a comeback in the third quarter but ultimately fell short, resulting in a loss.

Clark’s first WNBA game hints at a bright future, much like Michael Jordan’s early days in the NBA. Her performance suggests she could be a game-changer for women’s basketball, drawing more attention and enthusiasm to the sport for years to come.

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Reflecting on her debut, there are echoes of NBA great Jordan’s first professional game. Like Jordan, Clark showed her potential and determination in her inaugural appearance.

The similarities

Jordan debuted on October 26, 1984, after shining in the 1984 Olympics. In his first regular-season game for the Chicago Bulls against the Washington Bullets, Jordan scored 16 points, with six rebounds and seven assists, leading the Bulls to a 109-93 victory.

Clark’s debut had its share of challenges, as the Sun’s defense forced her into a game-high 10 turnovers, contributing to the Fever’s 25 overall. Nevertheless, she hit four three-pointers and demonstrated her scoring ability.

Jordan’s debut saw him face established players such as Orlando Woolridge and Quintin Dailey. Similarly, Clark faced a formidable opponent in the Connecticut Sun, showcasing her resilience and skill under pressure.

 

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