By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor
The NBA season is in full swing and all eyes have been on rookies John Wall and Blake Griffin. These two will likely go to the wire when it comes to the Rookie of the Year vote, but the cardboard world doesn’t just revolve around these two guys when it comes to NBA rookies.
You may have been caught up in the dazzling moves of Wall or the strong-arm play of Griffin, but here are three rookies who also deserve your attention.
1. Landry Fields, New York Knicks - Fields is averaging 10.8 points and 6.9 rebounds in 28.7 minutes through 17 games. His best game was a 21-point, 17-rebound performance against Denver in a 120-118 loss on Nov. 16. The Knicks have obviously seen something in the rookie from Stanford because he’s getting more and more minutes as the season progresses.
Card stats: Fields has 17 cards, including two rookies and four autographed cards. His best card is probably 2010-11 Rookies and Stars Signatures auto /349.
2. DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings - Cousins was the Sacramento Kings’ pick at fifth overall in this year’s draft. He started out hot for Sacramento, averaging 13.9 points in his first 12 games. Over his last 10, he’s averaging just 8.7 points a game.
Cousins best game might have been his first when he had 16 points and 16 rebounds. Cousins has four double-doubles this year. One of the things hurting the rookie is his poor shooting percentage. The center – who normally takes high-percentage shots – is shooting just 38.4 percent this season.
Card stats: Cousins has 86 cards: 34 autograph cards, 30 memorabilia and five rookies. One of his top cards is the 2010-11 Prestige NBA Draft Class Logo auto /299.
3. Eric Bledsoe, Los Angeles Clippers - Eric Bledsoe has the misfortune of being on that other Los Angeles team. The Kentucky guard has been inconsistent this season. He has had stellar games such as his 12-point, 13-assist performance against Denver. But he has also struggled this year where he played five minutes or less in five of his 17 games. Bledsoe is averaging 8.5 points, 4.9 assists and 1.2 steals this season.
Card stats: Bledsoe has 66 cards: 28 autographs, 23 memorabilia and five rookies. Look for his 2010-11 Limited Silver Spotlight auto/memorabilia card /25.
Want something a little more common? His 2010-11 Ultimate Collection auto RC /99 isn’t a bad chase either.