Looking to get a leg up on collecting NBA rookie cards? According to the Tendex draft report, which uses a formula to project where players should rank in the draft, Wally Szczerbiak of Miami of Ohio should be the No. 1 pick in the draft. Following him are Andrew Miller of Utah, Evan Eschmeyer of Northwestern and Elton Brand of Duke. The NBA draft is slated for next month, later than usual because of the lockout that delayed the start of the NBA finals.

Which NBA finals player has benefited the most from his performance as far as collectors are concerned? Consider Marcus Camby of the New York Knicks. The number of card auctions listed by America Online for the former Massachusetts star doubled in the week before the Knicks reached the NBA finals and this week's start of the series against San Antonio.

Randy Minkoff is a former reporter, writer, editor and author, with more than three decades of journalism experience and a unique combination of both print and broadcasting. Minkoff is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Magazine, and Crain's Chicago Business. He has been syndicated nationally as a radio/TV critic and has also written a weekly column for the Daily Herald. He is the author of Ron Santo; For Love of Ivy, the biography of the former Cub third baseman and his battle against diabetes. A native of St. Louis, Mo., he is a graduate of Drake University School of Journalism.