NBA Draft 2022: Orlando Magic’s Paolo Banchero voted first pick

Banchero, 19, played for Duke University and averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 39 starts.

Seeming to shine under the intense pressure of the draft, the forward donned a purple suit and struggled to contain his excitement.

“It’s not even a dream. I have a feeling this is a fantasy. I’ve dreamed of being in the NBA, but being No. 1 overall is crazy,” Banchero told reporters while sitting next to his mother.

“I don’t even know what to say. I honestly can’t believe what just happened. I wanted to be in the NBA, but I didn’t know I would be here.”

Banchero says he plans to bring “everything” he has to the Orlando Magic, who struggled with a 22-60 record last season.

“First of all, just a winning mindset, a work-first mindset,” he added. “I’m just ready to get together with the guys and get to work. This is one of the best moments of my life. I’m super excited.”

Banchero hugs his mother Rhonda during the 2022 NBA draft.

Fashion and beneficial moments

Chet Holmgren was the second pick of the draft and went to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The tall man, who stands over six feet tall, said he wants to use his natural qualities to help his new team.

“I can use my length and speed to cover a lot of ground and take up space,” he told reporters.

The Thunder’s next exercise might prove a bit confusing, however, as the franchise also picks both Jalen Williams and Jaylin Williams (not related) in the same draft.

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The draft, held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, was a lot of fun.

Players have not been shy in choosing their wardrobe with a range of outfits spanning the full spectrum of fashion on display.

There was also a heartwarming moment when Jaden Ivey was overcome with emotion after being picked fifth overall by the Detroit Pistons.

Jaden Ivey hugs his mother Niele after being selected the fifth overall pick by the Detroit Pistons in the 2022 NBA Draft.

He becomes the youngest member of his family to be drafted into professional basketball alongside his mother, Notre Dame women’s head coach Niele Ivey, having previously played for the Detroit Shock of the WNBA.

“That’s all man I’ve worked day in and day out just to get to this level and I know I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her and I’m just so happy, I’m just so happy,” , Jalen said of his selection.

Meanwhile, Niele could hardly find words for the moment: “I’m almost speechless you know, this is his dream come true to be in Detroit, we have so many amazing roots in Detroit, you know that to go on this stage for him, so I’m just so happy, so happy for him, so I just absorb it all, absorb it all.