The Orlando Magic selected forward Paolo Banchero with the first overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft Thursday, ESPN reported.
The Magic are coming off a horrible season, one where they finished 22-60 and in last place in the Eastern Conference standings, according to ESPN. Drafting Banchero at number one presumably puts the weight of the franchise’s misfortunes on the shoulders of the newly-acquired 19-year-old ball star in hopes that he can help return the team back to relevancy.
THE FUTURE HAS ARRIVED‼️
PAOLO BANCHERO IS THE NO. 1 PICK IN THE 2022 NBA DRAFT. pic.twitter.com/5WhS4DI7F2
— ESPN (@espn) June 24, 2022
The last time the Orlando Magic won a playoff series was over 12 years ago, when they had defeated the Atlanta Hawks in round two of 2010 post-season. They have been pretty bad since that time but, with the addition of Paolo Banchero, Orlando is getting a player who can score and rebound the basketball very well. He has the capabilities to come in and contribute right away for the struggling Magic squad.
In his lone season at Duke, Banchero averaged 17.2 points, 3.2 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game for the Blue Devils, according to