Sometimes, NBA teams just get down on their luck. It may be due to a series of bad decisions, or it just boils down to chance. In any event, landing the number one pick can change that organization’s fortunes in a hurry.
Every NBA draft is not built equally. Some drafts feature a prospect with obvious superstar potential, and some drafts don’t. Still, landing the top selection in any draft at least gives you a chance to land such a player.
The Orlando Magic had the honors of picking first in the 2022 draft. They selected Paolo Banchero. He looks the part of a point guard in a power forward’s body.
Banchero’s combination of floor vision, footwork, and isolation scoring ought to anchor Orlando’s attack for years to come.
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With that said, he’ll eventually need help. There are plenty of intriguing young talents on this Magic roster. Between Cole Anthony, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, and others, the Magic may very well have Banchero’s co-star in-house already.
Here are three bold trades to land him one in case they don’t.