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Paolo Banchero, Part 2: Magic rookie delivers another big outing in Summer League against Kings

Banchero continues to show out in Las Vegas.

2022 Las Vegas Summer League - Orlando Magic v Sacramento Kings
Paolo Banchero of the Orlando Magic dribbles the ball during the game against the Sacramento Kings during the 2022 Las Vegas Summer League on July 9, 2022 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Photo by Bart Young/NBAE via Getty Images

July 9 update: Banchero finished his second Summer League game with 23 points, six assists, six rebounds and four steals. Most importantly, he was able to get the win for his team in an all-time Summer League thriller. The Duke forward is looking like a solid player already and should garner plenty of attention when it comes to Rookie of the Year picks.


July 9 update: Banchero is off to another hot start in the Summer League with nine points and two steals in the first quarter against the Kings. He does however have four turnover, so Sacramento has been able to bother him a bit.


The Orlando Magic will get their first taste of No. 1 overall pick Paolo Banchero when the Duke forward takes the floor against the Houston Rockets in the Las Vegas Summer League. Banchero was seemingly not in consideration for the top selection until moments before the draft, although the Magic clearly had him on their radar and felt strong enough to pick him without much noise about their process. Here’s a look at how he’s doing in his Summer League debut.

Paolo Banchero updates vs. Rockets

After a great first half, it was an uneventful second half for Banchero. He finished with 17 points and six assists, which ultimately makes for a productive Summer League debut. However, this could be something to monitor going forward if he gets off to hot starts and fails to turn them into monster performances.


Banchero has cooled off significantly in the third quarter, which was likely given how unsustainable his opening quarter was. He’s up to 15 points and five assists. We’ll see how much run he gets at the end of this contest.


What a first half for the first overall pick. If Chet Holmgren had a strong opening to Summer League, Banchero has matched it. The forward finishes the half with 13 points, four assists and a steal. Despite picking up four personal fouls, Banchero has done enough offensively to show why he went No. 1.


Banchero has finally missed a shot, but he’s been outrageously good to start this game. The Magic have to feel great about their selection so far and while there’s still a long way to go, these are the early returns a franchise wants to see from the No. 1 overall pick.


Banchero is getting hot, going 3-3 from the floor and 2-2 from deep in the opening period so far. He’s showing why he can be a dynamite player offensively.


Banchero has hit his first shot of the Summer League and it’s a triple. He’s also got two assists for the Magic early. We’re seeing how Banchero can command an offense, exactly like the Magic felt he would when they drafted him. Let’s see how much run he gets in this Vegas Summer League opening game.