will play with Orlando Magic-

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the 19-year-old of Ligurian origins born in Seattle and dreams of the Azzurri national team.
He equaled Andrea Bargnani, who was also the first overall pick in 2006

Ligurian surname: Banchero. The first name (Paolo) printed on two passports: the Italian one and the US one. Born in Seattle in 2002, this boy, precisely Paolo Banchero, became the absolute first choice in the NBA draft in the night between Thursday and Friday. And to select it were the Orlando Magic. The 19-year-old talent (hailing from the Duke Blue Devils college basketball team) was in the top three, heading for the Houston Rockets, but rumors of a possible move to number one had risen in recent days. So it was. When commissioner Adam Silver called his name, Banchero put his hands on his face, excited, and went up on stage to receive a greeting from the commissioner.

Cos’ il Draft

The Draft is, after all, a democratic system, designed to contribute to the rebalancing of values: the principle that the best youngster out of college goes to the team that did worse in the previous season. Since 1984, the first absolute choice has been awarded through a lottery that extracts the order of the first three calls: this year it’s the Orlando Magic’s turn. Who have precisely selected Banchero. The 2022 Draft will have 58 calls instead of 60: Miami and Milwaukee have in fact lost the right to appoint in the second round due to some market irregularities.

Paolo, pure millennial

Paolo from Seattle, a pure millennial – born in 2002 -,

tall, physical and strong: 210 centimeters tall, crushes, penetrates, scores from distance, serves assistsuses the body with a fluency and dynamism that recalls the best of the best of basketball, even the movements – made the appropriate proportions – of a LeBron James, a Kobe Bryant or, when near the basket, a Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The blue dream

We Italians are interested in Banchero doing well also in the NBA, because he is the great news of our basketball. ‘American citizen, but since February 2020 he also has our passport – despite speaking very little of our language and having never been to Italy – thanks to Ligurian roots of paternal great-grandparents (here is the joker we fished): he then gave us a great gift by announcing that he will wear the blue of the national team and not the US tank top. It can’t happen this year at the European Championship, but maybe it will happen – if the Azzurri qualify – at the 2023 World Cup.

Son of athletes

Banchero son of athletes: the American mother Rhonda Smith played in the top women’s league (WNBA) while his father Mario a former American football player at university level. The great-grandparents of the first choice emigrated to the United States in the early twentieth century, to work as farmers and miners in the coal mines.

June 24, 2022 (change June 24, 2022 | 03:08)



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