Panini Creates First Digital Rookie Cards for 2015 NBA Draft Picks

Panini Creates First Digital Rookie Cards for 2015 NBA Draft Picks

With the 2015 NBA Draft in the books, incoming rookies have new hats and jerseys. Almost as quickly as the names were being announced and Adam Silver got his handshake on, Panini was revealing virtual rookie cards for lots of the picks.

Karl-Anthony Towns went first overall with the Minnesota Timberwolves as the team continues to put together a dynamic group of young players. D'Angelo Russell was picked second by the Lakers and emerged as the player with probably some of the most hobby hype heading into 2015-16. Duke's Jhalil Okafor brings even more size to the Philadelphia 76ers at third.

While these virtual cards may not become the real thing when 2015-16 NBA Hoops releases early in the fall, they do give a glimpse at what the design might be. They're also a showcase for some of the fantastic fashion that was on display at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Here's a look at the 2015 first round picks to get virtual rookie cards. Panini has a full gallery, including second round picks, on their blog.

1 Karl-Anthony Towns

2015 Panini Draft NBA Hoops 1 Karl-Anthony Towns

3 Jhalil Okafor

2015 Panini Draft NBA Hoops 3 Jahlil Okafor B

6 Willie Cauley-Stein

8 Stanley Johnson

2015 Panini Draft NBA Hoops 8 Stanley Johnson

10 Justise Winslow

12 Trey Lyles, Utah Jazz

14 Cameron Payne

18 Sam Dekker

22 Bobby Portis

29 Chris McCullough

2 D'Angelo Russell

2015 Panini Draft NBA Hoops 2 DAngelo Russell

4 Kristaps Porzingis

2015 Panini Draft NBA Hoops 4 Kristaps Porzingis B

7 Emmanuel Mudiay

9 Frank Kaminsky

11 Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers

13 Devin Booker

15 Kelly Oubre Jr.

19 Jerian Grant

23 Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

30 Kevon Looney

Which, if any, of the 2015 NBA draft picks are you looking forward to collecting? Let us know in the comments below or send us a tweet @sportscards.

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Ryan is a former member of The Cardboard Connection Writing Staff. His collecting origins began with winter bike rides to the corner store, tossing a couple of quarters onto the counter and peddling home with a couple packs of O-Pee-Chee hockey in his pocket. Today, he continues to build sets, go after inserts with cool technologies, chase Montreal Expos and finish off his John Jaha master collection.

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