The Orlando Magic have picked Paolo Banchero with the first choice in the NBA draft.
For Duke University’s Blue Devils, the 19-year-old forward averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 39 appearances.
Despite a 22-60 record, the Magic finished worst in the Eastern Conference and second-worst in the NBA.
“I’m at a loss for words. I’m still in disbelief at what occurred “Banchero stated this.
As one player put it, “I hoped to play in the NBA, but never thought I’d be here.”
It was a surprise to many when Orlando chose Banchero above Auburn forward Jabari Smith.
So that he may be considered the most likely candidate.
The Houston Rockets, who finished last season with an NBA-worst record of 20-62, picked Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren with the second overall choice.
While the Thunder selected Smith with the third overall pick.
Polish-American The Spurs picked Jeremy Sochan, a Southampton and Milton Keynes native, with the ninth overall choice.
Before moving to the UK at the age of two, the 19-year-old was born in Guymon, Oklahoma, where he grew up with his family.
After considering playing for Team USA and Team GB he ultimately decided to represent Poland in honor of his mother’s native nation.
Only seven British-born NBA players have ever cut the league’s 75-year existence.
To mention only a few: John Amaechi and Robert Archibald.
Although the Spurs selected him in the 2010 draft.
Ryan Richards was the last British player to be selected in an NBA draft, and he never played a game for the franchise.
The NBA Draft in 2022.
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