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Three NBA rookies you might want to collect – soon by Susan Lulgjuraj

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.

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UD Signs Nine Top NBA Draft Picks for 2010-11 Ultimate Collection Basketball by Tracy Hackler

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Upper Deck officials on Friday announced that they have signed nine of the top 16 picks from last night’s 2010 NBA Draft to appear in the late-September release of 2010-11 Ultimate Collection Basketball, an 81-card set featuring autographs from the likes of company spokesmen LeBron James and Michael Jordan as well as basketball legends such as Magic Johnson, Bill Russell, Larry Bird and Julius Erving.

Highlighting the slew of Thursday’s draft picks signed by Upper Deck are  Derrick Favors (No. 3 overall to the Nets), DeMarcus Cousins (No. 5 overall to the Kings), Ekpe Udoh (No. 6 overall to the Warriors), Greg Monroe (No. 7 overall to the Pistons), Gordon Heyward (No. 9 overall to the Jazz), Paul George (No. 10 overall to the Pacers), Cole Aldrich (No. 11 overall to the Hornets), Xavier Henry (No. 12 overall to the Grizzlies) and Luke Babbitt (No. 16 overall to the Timberwolves).

Stay tuned to for additional information on 2010-11 Ultimate Collection Basketball.