Prospecting Basketball... Who to buy?

  • 24/06/2010
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  • Tonight is the NBA Draft and a week from today, it's the Free Agent frenzy known as The Summer of Lebron. After the NBA Finals, it's a great time to prospect since the hobby is focusing on the champions and challengers and tend to forget the rebuilding teams and the moving pieces of the summer.

    Me, here's where I'll place my money for this summer. A quick list of players to buy now before they become bigger assets in the hobby. In no particular order...

    CHRIS BOSH - Toronto Raptors

    Bosh is burried in Toronto and the hobby didn't notice how good he is. This time is soon to be over as Bosh will land in a bigger market and will shine for a playoff team.

    His autos and rookies all goes for cheap (less than 30$) even the low numbered one.

    2007-08 Topps Echelon Autographs Dual Relics Gold #RCB - Chris Bosh/25 - Courtesy of

    RUDY GAY - Memphis Grizzlies

    Gay is at a cross-road right now and he'll either resign in Memphis or land elsewhere to be someone's sidekick. But what a Sidekick. If Gay lands in New-York or LA (Clippers), his exposure will be through the roof and he's a very athletic and skillfull young man.

    Gay's auto are very very cheap and everything else goes for less than 5$. It's almost unfair to him to be so cheap within the hobby.

    2007-08 UD Black Patch Material Autographs Dual #OG - Rudy Gay Emeka Okafor/15 - Courtesy of

    GEORGE HILL - San Antonio Spurs

    Tony Parker's days in San Antonio are counted. He will be gone, maybe not this summer but by the end of the year he will be traded for somme assets and make room for George Hill to be the Spurs starter. It's obvious by now that Hill is ready to lead this team and it's only a matter of time.

    His SPA Rookie Auto Patch can be add for less than 20$ regularly and it's a steal for a future starter of an every year contender.

    2008-09 Bowman Chrome Refractors Blue #134 - George Hill/99 - Courtesy of

    MARREESE SPEIGHTS - Philadelphia 76ers

    The Sixers are in a tough place with Elton Brand's contract and the overall lack of depth on their roster. But they hold the second pick this year (likely Evan Turner) and will evantually admit the Brand's mistake and start Speight in his place.

    The Sixers are on the turn around and are always a popular team and evantually, Speights will blossom into an everyday contributor and maybe a quality starter.

    Rookie Autos are super cheap and worth the gamble.

    2008-09 Topps Chrome Refractors #235 - Marreese Speights AU C/476 - Courtesy of

    BROOK LOPEZ - New Jersey Nets

    Lopez is the more expansive of the five but he is a sure thing with the Nets. What ever happens in Jersey, Lopez will be a vital part of it and he will grow as one of the best center in the East (second best to Dwight Howard anytime soon).

    Lopez is a beast and still a bit pricy but the value will only rise with him. Guaranteed.

    2008-09 Topps Chrome X-Fractors #230 - Brook Lopez AU/15 - Courtesy of

    The Draft is tonight, free agency is July first. Check it out... let the fun begin.


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