Paolo Banchero is the overall No. 1 surprise for the Magic in the NBA draft

orlando magic The NBA draft took on Paolo Banchero for the first time at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Thursday, with Gonzaga big man Chet Holmgren going to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Auburn forward Jabari Smith heading to the Houston Rockets.

Banchero, who made 39 starts in his one year at Duke with 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists, will look to turn a faded spell after his 22-60 season.

“I have plans to bring everything to Orlando,” Banchero, dressed in a show-stopping bedazzled purple suit, told reporters.

“At first, just a winning mindset, a work-first mindset. Just getting ready to get along with people and go to work. It’s one of the best moments of my life. I’m super excited.”

While draft night shocks are rare, Orlando’s selection surprised many – including Banchero himself – with some experts predicting sharpshooter Smith would take the top spot.

“I don’t even know what to say. I can’t believe what happened, honestly,” said 19-year-old Banchero, who helped lead the Blue Devils to the Final Four this year. “I want to be in was nba But I didn’t know I’d be here.”

The seven-footer Holmgren said he would use his size to assist the Thunder, who were 24-58 last season. “I can use my length and my quickness to cover a lot of ground and take up space,” he told reporters.

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Smith said he is looking forward to playing in Houston. “Ultimately I just want to win the championship and be labeled as the winner, always deep in the playoffs, someone always competing for the championship,” Smith said. “That’s what I want to be.”

Of the top five, the Sacramento Kings picked up Iowa forward Keegan Murray and the Detroit Pistons picked up Purdue’s Jaden Ivey.

The draft, which began a week after the Golden State Warriors won their fourth NBA title in eight years, featured a strong group of international talent.

Canada’s Benedict Mathurin and Shaydon Sharp were selected for sixth and seventh places by the Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers. Australian Dyson Daniels finished eighth for the New Orleans Pelicans, Polish-American Jeremy Sochan finished ninth for the San Antonio Spurs, and the New York Knicks placed Frenchman Ousmane Dieng in 11th. Dieng was later traded to the Thunder.

2022 NBA Draft first round selections

1) Paolo Banchero, PF, Orlando Magic

2) Chet Holmgren, C/PF, Oklahoma City Thunder

3) Jabari Smith Jr., PF, Houston Rockets

4) Keegan Murray, PF, Sacramento Kings

5) Jaden Ivey, SG, Detroit Pistons

6) Benedict Mathurin, SF, Indiana Pacers

7) Shaden Sharp, SG, Portland Trail Blazers

8) Dyson Daniels, PG/SG, New Orleans Pelicans (from the Lakers)

9) Jeremy Sochan, PF, San Antonio Spurs

10) Johnny Davis, SG, Washington Wizards

11) Ousmane Dieng, SF, New York Knicks (traded in Thunder)

12) Jalen Williams, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder (from the Clippers)

13) Jalen Duren, C, Charlotte Hornet (traded to Pistons via Knicks)

14) Ochai Agbaji, SG, Cleveland Cavaliers

15) Mark Williams, c, Charlotte Hornets (from Pelicans)

16) AJ Griffin, SF, Atlanta Hawks

17) Tari Eason, PF, Houston Rockets (from Brooklyn)

18) Dylan Terry, SG, Chicago Bulls

19) Jake Laravia, SF, Minnesota Timberwolves (traded at Grizzly)

20) Malachi Branham, SG, San Antonio Spurs

21) Christian Braun, SG, Denver Nuggets

22) Walker Kessler, C, Memphis Grizzlies (from Jazz, traded to Timberwolves)

23) David Roddy, SF, Philadelphia 76ers (traded for Grizzly)

24) Marjon Beauchamp, SG, Milwaukee Bucks

25) Blake Wesley, G, San Antonio Spurs (from Celtics)

26) Wendell Moore, SF, Dallas Mavericks (traded to Timberwolves)

27) Nikola Jovic, SF, Miami Heat

28) Patrick Baldwin Jr., PF, Golden State Warriors

29) Tyty Washington, PG, Memphis Grizzlies

30) Peyton Watson, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder (from the Sun)