A Duke basketball star stunned the world in the NBA draft.
There was speculation surrounding a Duke basketball star who was laid to rest.
There were more speculations that were put to rest.
So, ESPN Adrian Wojnarowski sent shockwaves through the NBA world with his comments about Paolo Banchero.
Wojnarowski suggested Banchero was seriously in the mix to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft minutes before the event started after all, but confirming that the order of the top three picks would be Jabari Smith. of Auburn, Chet Holmgren of Gonzaga and Banchero earlier. Thursday afternoon.
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However, the Orlando Magic returned the draft card to the league and they selected Blue Devil standout freshman forward Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, a stunning decision for many in the NBA.
Banchero becomes the fifth Blue Devil (Zion Williamson, Kyrie Irving, Elton Brand, Art Heyman) to be selected as the first overall pick, the most of any school in draft history.
The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in his lone season at Durham while being a consensus second-team All-American, rookie of the Year and a member of the All-ACC First Team.
Rumors come true around Duke basketball forward
There had been chatter throughout the week surrounding Paolo Banchero’s draft placement.
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Many thought he would be the Houston Rockets’ third pick, but his betting odds began to decline as the week progressed, slowing his position as a frontrunner to be the top overall selection ahead of Thursday’s post- midday that favored Jabari Smith.
The Orlando Magic had the worst record in the Eastern Conference last season (22-60) and the second-worst record in the NBA, behind the Houston Rockets (20-62), and did not make the NBA Playoffs since the 2019-2020 season. season.