Teammates have high hopes for this year's No. 1 pick, Banqueiro, and will represent the Magic in the next season

2022-09-29 15:28

Teammates have high hopes for this year's No. 1 pick, Banqueiro, and will represent the Magic in the next season

Before the official opening of the NBA 2022-2023 season, major teams are conducting fall training camps to confirm the roster for the new season. Among them, the Orlando Magic has also started training camp recently, and the most eye-catching No. 1 pick, 19-year-old Paul · Banqueiro naturally became a talking point in the training camp.

Banqueiro averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.9 blocks per game for the Blue Devils men's basketball team at Duke University in the NCAA, and also led the team to the Final Four. , won the ACC Rookie of the Year, First Team and Rookie of the Year honors.

In this year's NBA draft, Banqueiro competed with two other No. 1 pick candidates - 20-year-old center Chet Holmgren and 19-year-old forward Jabari Smith Jr. for the No. 1 pick. Finally, Banqueiro stood out as the No. 1 pick. Joining the Magic, Holmgren won the No. 2 spot and Smith was No. 2 overall.

The Magic 's 21-year-old forward Franz Wagner also recently returned to training camp after representing Germany at Euro 2022. In the process of training with Banqueiro, Wagner said that the 19-year-old No. 1 pick has left a deep impression on his teammates, saying that he is not only talented on the offensive end, but also willing to listen to others' opinions, emphasizing Banquet Luo's superior characteristics in terms of ability and toughness.

Compared with other rookies, Banqueiro's skills are relatively complete in terms of overall coordination in terms of ball control, offense, physical fitness, passing and basketball, and the level is even comparable to that of NBA legend LeBron James. Comparable, can be described as a big story among the rookies in basketball. The outside world also believes that he will inherit James' role as a versatile scorer and offensive force.

However, Banqueiro has been slow to develop defensively and is not good at being a perimeter shooter. And Banqueiro also revealed that after training with his teammates, he adjusted himself in the offseason, and cooperated with players with greater athletic ability to increase the offensive intensity. I believe Banqueiro's offensive efficiency can definitely fill and improve the magic. The team's entire lineup is looking forward to the top pick in the preseason .