Ninety-nine cents. That’s it. That’s all you would’ve needed back in late December to pick up one of Yogi Ferrell’s 2016 Contenders Draft Picks Basketball autograph cards. Heck, you would’ve had to spend three times that just to have the card shipped to you. Back then, of course, Ferrell was an undrafted project with seemingly no clear path to the NBA, despite being Indiana University’s all-time assists leader.
By late December, Ferrell already had been waived twice by the Brooklyn Nets. Six long weeks later, he signed a 10-day contract with the Dallas Mavericks. All the diminutive point guard did with that third opportunity was help lead the Mavericks on a four-game winning streak, highlighted by a 32-point outburst last Friday against Portland that sent Yogi Mania into a full-blown frenzy.
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