The best memes and tweets about surprise #1 pick

The Orlando Magic shocked the world by drafting Duke’s Paolo Banchero with the first overall pick of the 2022 NBA draft.

The Orlando Magic had the worst record in the Eastern Conference last season, helping them win the first overall by winning the NBA Draft Lottery. Throughout the pre-draft process, there was a strong expectation that Orlando Auburn’s Jabari Smith Jr. would pick with the #1 pick.

On NBA draft night, The Magic shocked the world and Twitter by picking Duke’s Paolo Banchero with the first overall pick.

Twitter stunned after Magic picked Paolo Banchero in the NBA draft

As Stadium’s Jeff Goodman mentions in his tweet above, Banchero has never worked for Orlando. His colleague, NBA insider Shams Charania, said the Magic never held a formal meeting or training session with the Duke forward throughout the preliminary draft process.

Banchero’s selection caused Smith to drop to 3rd place, where he was drafted by the Houston Rockets. The Rockets must be thrilled that they got the predicted top pick of the entire draft. The Oklahoma City Thunder picked Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren as their No. 2 pick.

Last season with the Blue Devils, Banchero averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists while averaging a 47.8 field goal percentage in 39 games, all of which were starts.

Banchero now joins Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard as players who were picked #1 overall by Magic. The best memes and tweets about surprise #1 pick

John Verrall

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