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Duke’s Paolo Banchero, Pick 1 in the 2022 NBA Draft for the Orlando Magic

yese doubts ended: the Orlando Magic chose the small forward paolo banchero of Duke as pick 1 in the 2022 NBA Collegiate Draft, which was held this


yese doubts ended: the Orlando Magic chose the small forward paolo banchero of Duke as pick 1 in the 2022 Collegiate Draft, which was held this Thursday at the home of the Brooklyn Nets, the Barclays Center.

After being elected, Banchero said: “I don’t even know what to say. I can’t believe what just happened. Honestly.”

In the final campaign of the trainer Mike Krzyzewski, the 6-foot-10-inch forward helped Duke to reach the Final Four. In his only season with the Blue Devils, he averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

According to Caesars Sportsbook, Banchero and Jabari Smith Jr. Auburn were the two favorites to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award in 2022-23, with an odds of +350.

For their part, in 2021-22, the Magic had the second-worst record in the league with a 22-60 record. The previous two seasons, they failed to make the playoffs.

For its part, Jabari Smith earned the third overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, for the Houston Rockets. He was the most respected recruit to ever don an Auburn uniform and appeared to be just seconds away from becoming the program’s first No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft.

However, the NBA Draft drawing system is rarely that straightforward, particularly when there is a large class of top talent.

Recruit No. 7 in the class of 2021, a 19-year-old from Sandy Creek, Georgia, near Atlanta, excelled during his only season at Auburn. The 6-foot-10-inch forward scored 16.9 points, shooting 42% from 3-point range, in 28.8 minutes per game.