2010 NBA Draft: 7 Highest Hobby Potential Players

2010 NBA Draft: 7 Highest Hobby Potential Players

A look at the 7 players with most hobby potential in the upcoming NBA Draft. Not all players listed have formally declared for the draft, but are expected to.

1. John Wall, 19, Kentucky Point Guard
Hieght- 6'4" Wieght- 195
Class- Freshman
Stats- 16.6 ppg, 6.5 apg, 4.3 rpg, 1.8 spg
NBA Comparison: Derek Rose meets Jason Kidd, Rajon Rondo
Hobby Potential: 10/10
Many feel that John Wall has the potential to be better than Derek Rose. He's taller, more versatile, and could be a more athletic Jason Kidd. John Wall will without a doubt be the biggest thing to hit the basketball card scene in 2010-11.

2. Evan Turner, 21, Ohio State SG/SF
Height- 6'7" Wieght- 205
Stats- 20.4 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 6 apg, 1.7 spg
NBA Comparison: Brandon Roy, Scottie Pippen
Hobby Potential: 9/10
Turner is my favorite player in the draft. I think John Wall has more potential and a higher ceiling, but I think Turner is a safer pick and the type of player who can wins basketball games at the NBA level. His hobby potential is less than Wall's because he lacks the "wow" factor. Real life potential almost always equals greater hobby potential.

3. Wesley Johnson, 22, Syracuse SF
Hieght- 6'7" Wieght- 198
Stats- 16.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.8 bpg, 1.7 spg
NBA Comparisons: Joe Johnson, Shawn Marion
Hobby Potential: 8/10
Playing Small Forward is a definite benefit when it comes to hobby potential. Collector's are often fascinated by the modern Small Forward's ability to be a "jack of all trades" as well as an impact scorer. One thing that could hurt Johnson's hobby stock is his age, collectors' are usually more intrigued by players under 20.

4. DeMarcus Cousins, 19, Kentucky
Hieght- 6'11" Wieght- 260
Stats- 15.1 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.8 bpg
NBA Comparisons: Al Jefferson, Zach Randolph, Derrick Coleman
Hobby Potential: 7.5/10
Due to the fact that Cousins played for Kentucky and received more national exposure playing alongside John Wall, Cousins should immediately have a slightly higher hobby value than fellow big man Derrick Favors. In the long run, Favors may pass up Cousins. In the 2010-11 Basketball Card season, Cousins should have the slight edge over Favors. After Wall and Turner, the hobby potential dips fairly drastically.

5. Derrick Favors, 18, Georgia Tech PF
Hieght- 6'9" Wieght- 246
Stats- 12.4 pgg, 8.4 rpg, 1 apg, 2.1 bpg
NBA Comparisons: Amare Stoudemire, Al Horford
Hobby Potential: 7.25/10
Unfortunately, Power Forwards always struggle to gain Hobby respect due to the fact that they aren't the highest scoring players on the court. Favors might take a few seasons to develop, which will might hurt his immediate value.

6. Al-Farouq Aminu, 19, Wake Forest SF
Hieght- 6'8" Wieght- 205
Stats- 15.8 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.4 bpg, 1.4 spg.
NBA Comparisons: Marvin Williams, Josh Smith, Gerald Wallace
Hobby Potential: 7/10
Aminu is sort of an intriguing player, lesser known than the previous players, but because of his young age (19) and athleticism he has a fairly decent hobby potential going into next year. He may start off slow in popularity, but could be the type of player who with more exposure, will gain more notice from collectors' as the season wears on.

7. Xavier Henry, 19, Kansas SG
Hieght- 6-6 Wieght- 220
Stats: 13.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.5 spg
NBA Comparison: Jim Jackson
Hobby Potential: 7/10
Henry is projected to be picked anywhere from 10-20, but he is 19, a Shoot Guard, and from Kansas. Those 3 factors should make Henry an immediate hobby favorite. Another factor that bodes well for him is the fact that the days of only finding a star in top 5-10 picks are long gone. Nowadays high quality potential can be found all throughout the first round, what this means is that the scouting of the bad teams in league is far worse than the good teams. The cycle seems to constantly repeat itself, allowing the leagues best run teams to re-stack on a yearly basis.


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Brett is a former contributor to The Cardboard Connection.

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