The Orlando Magic are currently the worst in the league at 5-20, placing fifteenth in the Eastern Conference. Orlando won the draft lottery last year and had the number one pick overall. They selected Duke’s PF Paolo Banchero.
For the season, he averaged (21.7) points, (6.8) rebounds, and (3.8) assists per game. He leads the team this season in points and minutes played (34.4). The Magic struggled to find victories, but they must be excited about Banchero’s development.
NBA betting sites have him at (-375) to win ROY this season. He is highly qualified for a rookie and there is no question why he was number one overall. Banchero is an elite player in post, shooting 45 percent overall from the field.
including last night Paolo Banchero has scored more than 20 points in 12 of his 16 games this season 🪄 pic.twitter.com/hbHH6GoCpF
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) December 3, 2022
Magic’s rookie Paolo Banchero learns a lot in the NBA
In a regular diary with the Associated Press, Banchero spoke to them for his second installment in the series. The last time he spoke to them was when the season had just started.
“I would say in the first few weeks of my first NBA season I learned a lot, learned a lot on the floor and off the floor, habits, learned what works, what routine works for me, stuff like that. And then just learn what this league is like, how to bring it every night. You have to learn how to win. It won’t just be handed to you.” – Paolo Banchero
He spoke about how the NBA was different for him in many ways. Banchero came from a successful program at Duke to have the worst overall record in the NBA after eight weeks. The 20-year-old had been used to winning all his life and has since had to adjust to losing more than he cared for.
“Everything is smooth off the pitch and everyone likes what we do. It’s just figuring out how we can bring that camaraderie onto the pitch and into the games and help each other win. And we’ve dealt with a lot of other things, injuries and so on. We just want to see each other healthy. Then we can try and build.” – Paolo Banchero
This is only his first season in the NBA, and it will be some time before he and the Magic become a playoff-caliber team. For now, Banchero can only cook the same way every night. Just keep giving 100 percent so at the end of the day he knows he gave it his all, no matter what his record at the end of the season might be.