BASE ROOKIE CARD HUNTING | A DERRICK WILLIAMS SANDWICH WITH A DARKO MILICIC FILLING




So I went to Robinson’s Galleria to hunt down rookie cards.

The thing is though, I know expensive these cards are.

So this allowed me to draw up a collection based primarily on base cards and players that didn’t perform to their potential.

Busts.




Now I hate calling Darko Milicic a bust… but I guess when he went to the Orlando Magic that should have been the opportunity his career needed. Detroit was back then a team that will never take their time to train newbies (although they did just that with Tayshaun Prince). He had a triple-double playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves but yeah, I guess we are better off forgetting about his NBA existence.

Derrick Williams though is a generic talent that will be known as they picked ahead of Klay Thompson, Kemba Walker, Jimmy Butler and Kawhi F’N Leonard. He is only 28 and he is already out of the league playing in Bayern Munich. When the NBA lockout happened, Williams went to the Philippines to play an exhibition match alongside Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, James Harden, and Kobe Bryant.

Come to think of it. I guess that could be his NBA All-Star Game.

There was a time when people thought Williams is a better top pick than eventual top pick Kyrie Irving.

Ugh.

Anyway, I also grabbed a bunch of base rookie cards led by Malcolm Brogdon, Dario Saric, Caris LeVert, Dennis Scott and Danny Granger. I think this is the first time I have ever bought a Danny Granger rookie card. I once thought of Granger as a superstar back in the 2010s. He is no Reggie Miller but he played the part as the Indiana Pacers’ torch bearer. Sadly, injuries forced his play to subside – and this enabled Paul George to rise from the ranks.

The two names I desperately want to retrieve are Jan Vesely and Nikoloz Tskitishvili.

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