We finally get the opportunity this upcoming week for new basketball products! With Panini being significantly pushed back on 2020-2021 releases, we will see a massive demand for these new boxes. While in previous seasons, NBA Hoops & Certified are traditionally released in the first couple of weeks, we now have data to determine the top players to chase. NBA Prizm Draft Picks has seen an enormous demand the first couple of months because it is the only product we have seen so far. While people still love Prizm Draft, the cards do not sell well because players are not in their NBA jerseys. Most NBA rookies have established their new teams' roles, and there are some big rookies to chase in these new releases.
LaMelo Ball: Charlotte Hornets (8-11)
NBA Prizm Draft price-$60 (+40% last 30 days)
LaMelo Ball has lived up (so far) to the hype going into this year’s draft. While Ball has not earned himself into the starting role yet, his impact off the bench has not gone unnoticed. Playing 24.6 minutes a game, his numbers have been increasing lately, even becoming the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double. Ball needs to work on his turnovers and field goal percentage to be considered one of the best players in this year's draft, but he has been performing pretty sufficiently for the first two months of the season.
James Wiseman: Golden State Warriors (10-9)
NBA Prizm Draft price-$22 (-8% last 30 days)
James Wiseman was selected with the #2 pick in the NBA draft by the warriors and quickly earned their center's starting role. Golden State has not been a team to have a "star" center, while most of the time just playing small Ball. The Warriors might have just found that lead center for their team. James Wiseman has been significantly efficient down low (averaging 1.4 blocks a game), while Stephen Curry has returned to his original self. If Wiseman can fix his free throw percentage and gain a couple more assists, he might be the talk of Rookie of the Year this season.
Anthony Edwards: Minnesota Timberwolves (4-14)
NBA Prizm Draft price- $13 (-58% last 30 days)
Edwards leads all rookies from the 2020 draft with 13 PPG. The only problem is, the Timberwolves look like their back on their way to a lottery pick next season. The Timberwolves looked like they would be ok this season; between Russell, KAT, Rubio, and Culver finally putting it together, they cannot win games. Edwards is extremely athletic and can name himself in the NBA if he can shoot better from the field. Shooting only 35% might continue to force the Timberwolves out of the Western Conference playoffs and back to where they were before.
Tyrese Haliburton: Sacramento Kings (8-10)
NBA Prizm Draft price-$11 (-28% last 30 days)
The Kings are staying competitive this year. Just sitting outside the playoffs, they might be able to put a little run together and sneak in with the help from Haliburton, that is. Tyrese fits right in with Hield and Fox's backcourt and has been playing fantastic off the bench. Shooting 48% from the field and even including a steal a game, Haliburton has quickly been considered one of the top 5 picks in this year’s draft. As he plays significantly more minutes, he might give Buddy Hield a run for that starting role next to Fox.
Immanuel Quickley: New York Knicks (9-11)
NBA Prizm Draft price (Auto)- $25
As we have seen in the past several seasons, Kentucky guards have fit right into the NBA and have played more than people expect. Quickley fits into that stereotype his rookie season. Playing in 18.1 minutes this year so far, the Knicks have a lot to figure out. With so much young potential talent, it is hard to see who should be considered the "starter" when night-after-night, someone else performs unexpectedly. In the past week, Quickley has scored 25 and 31 off the bench for the Knicks. Could this be the spark off the bench the Knicks need? Alternatively, have the Knicks found a possible Point Guard of the future?
Other top rookies to keep an eye on:
Cole Anthony: 10.8 PPG, 3.5 APG, 4.5 RPG
Tyrese Maxey: 9.7 PPG, 1.9 APG, 2.3 RPG
Xavier Tillman: 8.6 PPG, 1.6 APG, 3.9 RPG
Patrick Williams: 94.4 PPG, 1 APG, 4.0 RPG
While it is early on in the season to bet the bank on young players, it will be interesting how we see card prices of NBA Hoops and Certified fluctuate in the market in the next couple of weeks!
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