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Top rookies from the 2012 NBA draft descended upon the MSG training facility in Tarrytown, N.Y., for the Panini 2012 photo shoot. The MSG training facility normally hosts practice for the local Knicks and Rangers.
On this day, the newest NBA rookies put on their respective team’s jerseys for the first time and strike a pose for their rookie trading card. A veritable “who’s who” of NBA rookies, including top pick Anthony Davis and rookie teammate and Austin Rivers from the New Orleans Hornets, joined the likes of Washington Wizard Bradley Beal and Boston Celtic Jared Sullinger, among others.
The importance of wearing your team’s colors for the first time was a special feeling for the class of 2012. Players like Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons and Jae Crowder of the Dallas Mavericks felt a step closer to achieving their dream and stepping on court in official NBA gear.
After a summer full of time together at the rookie combine in Chicago, April’s NBA draft and subsequent summer league, this was the last time these soon-to-be superstars would be together as friendly peers before squaring off against one another on the NBA hardwood.
The class of 2012 is mere months away from putting their uniforms back on and playing with or against one another. The 2012 Panini photo shoot was one more step along the path to their NBA playing dreams.
BR5 got access to ask these upcoming rookies questions about what they can expect in their NBA future.