Paolo Bacnhero has been the no.1 overall pick for Orlando Magic. Poalo was the only standouts from the Las Vegas Summer League. In first two games, the former Duke star has dominated, displaying his remarkable skills on both sides of the court and demonstrating why Orlando selected him first in June.
Jamahl Mosley, the head coach of the Orlando Magic, told reporters on Monday that he has seen enough of the No. 1 pick and would prefer to use his minutes in another capacity.
“I want to give these other guys an opportunity to play, to kind of be able to show what they’re capable of doing. Mosley said. As per the media press Mosley added: “That’s the point of Summer League, you know — give them a chance … an opportunity for these other guys to see what they’re capable of doing. And we’ve seen what Paolo was capable of doing”.
Paolo holds notable records
Paolo has averaged 20 points, five rebounds and 2.5 assists in the first two games. He has shown his strength, range and ball-handling tactics on the court. The night’s featured game was Paolo vs No. 2 overall choice Chet Holmgren, but a few hours prior to tip, Marc Stein revealed that Banchero had been suspended after being observed limping after the dramatic victory over the Kings the previous weekend.
Even though it’s sad not to see the battle between the top two players in the Draft that everyone wanted to see, it wouldn’t be a surprise considering how great Banchero has performed and how crucial he will be for the Magic that they wouldn’t want to put him at danger. Banchero has nothing left to prove in Summer League, and the Magic must safeguard their young star with an eye toward the season because a couple top 10 picks have already suffered injuries.
It’s still disappointing that Paolo and Chet won’t be facing off in the court, but we’ll just have to wait until the opening Magic-Thunder game of the regular season to see that happen.
The news is disappointing for Summer League fans wanting to catch a peek of up-and-coming talents. On Thursday, Orlando’s next opponent is the New York Knicks.