Paolo Banchero

Orlando Magic's Paolo Banchero Named to 2022-23 Kia NBA All-Rookie First Team

Magic forward unanimously selected

ORLANDO – Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero, the 2022-23 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, has been named to the 2022-23 Kia NBA All-Rookie First Team, the league announced today. Banchero was unanimously selected, receiving all of the possible 100 First Team votes.

Banchero becomes the 11th player in franchise history to be named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. He joins Dennis Scott (1990-91), Shaquille O’Neal (1992-93), Anfernee Hardaway (1993-94), Matt Harpring (1998-99), Mike Miller (2000-01), Drew Gooden (2002-03), Dwight Howard (2004-05), Victor Oladipo (2013-14), Elfrid Payton (2014-15) and Franz Wagner (2021-22).

Selected in the first round (first overall) of the 2022 NBA Draft, Banchero played and started in 72 games this season with Orlando, averaging a team-high 20.0 ppg., 6.9 rpg. and 3.7 apg. in 33.7 minpg. He ranked among all NBA leaders in rebounding (T-38th) and minutes played (T-37th). Banchero led all NBA rookies in scoring and minutes played, while also ranking among rookie leaders in rebounding (5th), assists (3rd), free throw percentage (7th), steals (4th) and blocked shots (7th).

Banchero became just the sixth NBA rookie in the last 50 seasons (since 1973-74) to average 20+ ppg., 6+ rpg. and 3+ apg. (minimum 50 games). He scored 20+ points 40 times and 30+ points six times this season, the most by any NBA rookie. The 40 20+ point games were the second-most by a rookie in team history (O’Neal, 60, 1992-93) and tied for fifth-most in NBA history for most 20+ point games by a rookie age 20-or-younger. Banchero’s six 30+ point games were also second-most by a rookie in team history (O’Neal, 10, 1992-93).

Banchero was named the Kia NBA’s Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month four consecutive times from December 2022-March/April 2023, joining Shaquille O’Neal (1992-93) as the only players in franchise history to win the honor four straight times.

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