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Magic shut down Paolo Banchero for rest of 2022 Summer League

Orlando has seen enough from the No. 1 overall pick.

2022 NBA Summer League - Orlando Magic v Sacramento Kings
Paolo Banchero of the Orlando Magic reacts on the court during a game against the Sacramento Kings during the 2022 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 09, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

NBA Summer League is officially a wrap for No. 1 overall pick Paolo Banchero. The Orlando Magic have decided they’ve seen enough from the forward and will not risk injury to their future star.

Banchero averaged 20.0 points. 6.0 assists and 5.0 rebounds in two Summer League appearances. He looked excellent passing the ball and got off to hot starts in both games, although eventually his shooting did cool down. With Shaedon Sharpe and Jaden Ivey already suffering injury scares, the Magic are thinking they don’t need to chance it with Banchero in meaningless games.

It’ll be interesting to see how Orlando’s secondary players look without Banchero on the floor. Guys like Caleb Houstan will take on bigger roles, but will they be as successful when they don’t have a guy drawing most of the opposing defense’s attention? We’ll see what happens for Orlando going forward.

According to DraftKings Sportsbook, Banchero is +400 to win Rookie of the Year behind Oklahoma City Thunder prospect Chet Holmgren.