The 2021-22 NBA season began in earnest Wednesday and one former Arkansas basketball player made his NBA debut.
Moody was the 14th overall pick in the draft over the summer. The Little Rock native played one season at Arkansas, but was a first-team All-SEC selection and arguably the best player on a Razorbacks team that had its best season in more than 20 years.
Moody scored his first career basket, and his only basket of the game, on All-NBA first-team selection and former Kentucky Wildcats big man Anthony Davis.
Four other former Arkansas players made NBA opening day/night roster. Another Little Rock native, Bobby Portis, would have played in Milwaukee’s season opener on Tuesday night against the Brooklyn Nets, but an ongoing hamstring injury kept him from suiting.
The other three former Razorbacks ballers are guard Patrick Beverley (Minnesota Timberwolves), guard Isaiah Joe (Philadelphia 76ers) and center Daniel Gafford (Washington Wizards). All three of their teams open the season Wednesday night.