Banchero, who has solely performed one season in school degree with Duke, follows within the footsteps of Shaquille O’Neal after he was the primary decide by Magic in 1992.
The draft was additionally notable for Jeremy Sochan being picked ninth total by the San Antonio Spurs, which made him the primary British participant chosen within the draft in additional than a decade since Ryan Richards was chosen by Spurs in 2010.
Orlando Magic made Paolo Banchero the primary decide within the 2022 NBA Draft.
Ahead Banchero’s choice began an evening of glitz and glamour on the Barclays Middle in Brooklyn on Thursday and a return to typical custom.
The 2020 and 2021 draft picks needed to be moved from its regular June date because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
With Banchero chosen by Magic, it allowed Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder to select Gonzaga centre Chet Holmgren with their second choice.
Ahead Jabari Smith, of Auburn, was chosen by Houston Rockets because the third decide of the night in New York.
Sochan’s place within the high 10 made it a memorable evening for Nice Britain.
Oklahoma-born Sochan has a Polish mom and American father however grew up in England and performed for Solent Kestrels in Southampton earlier than he continued his growth with Milton Keynes-based MK Trojans.