Panini gives a virtual look at NBA draftees

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01 Towns B

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The 2015 NBA Draft saw 60 up-and-coming players chosen by the league’s clubs and in a matter of months, several of them will be making an impact with basketball card collectors in next season’s trading card releases from Panini America which start hitting store shelves in October with 2015-16 NBA Hoops.

Earlier that day, Panini had announced that they had signed contracts with approximately 50 players that were eligible for the draft. During the event, however, the hobby received a sneak peek at that product’s design as the company’s design team was busy creating cards and communications staff went into overdrive on their social media feeds to show off the first virtual trading cards of many picks. Starting with first overall selection Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the company created cards for nine of the top 10 picks and added several more throughout the night.

Look at the “first” Panini trading cards of next season’s hot rookies after the jump.

01 Towns

#1
Minnesota Timberwolves
Karl-Anthony Towns
Center
7’0″
250 lbs.
Kentucky

02 Russell B 02 Russell

#2
Los Angeles Lakers
D’Angelo Russell
Point Guard
6’5″
180 lbs.
Ohio State

03 Okafor B 03 Okafor

#3
Philadelphia 76ers
Jahlil Okafor
Center
6’11”
270 lbs.
Duke

04 Porzingis B 04 Porzingis

#4
New York Knicks
Kristaps Porzingis
Power Forward
7′
220 lbs.
Baloncesta Sevilla (Spain)

06 Cauley-Stein

#6
Sacramento Kings
Willie Cauley-Stein
Center
7’1″
240 lbs.
Kentucky

07 Mudiay

#7
Denver Nuggets
Emmanuel Mudiay
Point Guard
6’5″
200 lbs.
Guangdog Southern Tigers (China)

08 Johnson

#8
Detroit Pistons
Stanley Johnson
Small Forward
6’7″
245 lbs.
Arizona

09 Kaminsky

#9
Charlotte Hornets
Frank Kaminsky
Power Forward
7’1″
242 lbs.
Wisconsin

10 Winslow

#10
Miami Heat
Justise Winslow
Shooting Guard
6’7″
230 lbs.
Duke

11 Turner

#11
Indiana Pacers
Myles Turner
Power Forward
7′
243 lbs.
Texas

12 Lyles

#12
Utah Jazz
Trey Lyles
Power Forward
6’10”
235 lbs.
Kentucky

13 Booker

#13
Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker
Shooting Guard
6’6″
205 lbs.
Kentucky

14 Payne

#14
Oklahoma City Thunder
Cameron Payne
Point Guard
6’2″
185 lbs.
Murray State

15 Oubre Jr

#15
Atlanta Hawks
Kelly Oubre, Jr.
Shooting Guard
6’7″
200 lbs.
Kansas

18 Dekker

#18
Houston Rockets
Sam Dekker
Small Forward
6’9″
230 lbs.
Wisconsin

19 Grant

#19
Washington Wizards
Jerian Grant
Point Guard
6’4″
205 lbs.
Notre Dame

22 Portis

#22
Chicago Bulls
Bobby Portis
Power Forward
6’11”
242 lbs.
Arkansas

23 Hollis-Jefferson

#23
Portland Trail Blazers
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson
Small Forward
6’7″
220 lbs.
Arizona

29 McCullough

#29
Brooklyn Nets
Chris McCullough
Power Forward
6’9″
220 lbs.
Syracuse

30 Looney

#30
Golden State Warriors
Kevon Looney
Small Forward
6’9″
220 lbs.
UCLA

33 Mickey

#33
Boston Celtics
Jordan Mickey
Power Forward
6’8″
235 lbs.
LSU

36 Christmas

#36
Minnesota Timberwolves
Rakeem Christmas
Power Forward
6’10”
250 lbs.
Syracuse

52 Singh

#52
Dallas Mavericks
Santam Singh
Center
7’2″
290 lbs.

IMG Academy

58 Tokoto

#58
Philadelphia 76ers
J.P. Tokoto
Small Forward
6’6″
200 lbs.
North Carolina

Stephen Laroche is the editor of Beckett Basketball and Beckett Hockey magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at slaroche@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen_Laroche.

 

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1 comment

  1. David D 29 June, 2015 at 15:13

    I hope that Panini considers doing “League Leaders” cards in their :Hoops brand this year!

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