Orlando Magic rookie Paolo Banchero already got his “Welcome to the league” moment even before he steps foot on an NBA court, courtesy of new Atlanta Hawks star Dejounte Murray. During their recent showdown at Isaiah Thomas’ Zeke-End tournament, Murray slapped Banchero with the ultimate disrespect. After fooling the no.
Thus far, the summer of 2021-22 Duke basketball gem Paolo Banchero has included going No. overall at the NBA Draft to the Orlando Magic, dominating in two Summer League outings, and scoring 50 points during a pro-am game. Then on Friday night, Banchero was a guest of honor in his hometown, throwing out the ceremonial first pitch for the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park before their 4-3 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Angels.
He recently returned to the city and is among the players that have participated in the CrawsOver Pro-Am this summer, an annual league started by NBA legend Jamal Crawford. Alongside Chet Holmgren, Banchero put on a show, dropping 50 points. Banchero is among the growing number of players to rise up to the NBA from the state.