Magic take Banchero 1st, Holmgren, Smith follow in NBA draft

Associated Press

New York — The Orlando Magic selected Duke freshman Paolo Banchero on Thursday night with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

After leading the Blue Devils to the Final Four in coach Mike Krzyzewski's final season, the 6-foot-10 forward was called first by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to begin the draft, beating out fellow first-year forwards Jabari Smith Jr. and Chet Holmgren.

Paolo Banchero talks with friends and family before the start of the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 23, 2022, in New York.

Banchero, wearing a purple suit full of bling, received a loud ovation inside Barclays Center, where Duke lost in the ACC Tournament final.

The Magic were picking first for the fourth time and they've done well with their previous choices. They took Shaquille O'Neal in 1992, traded the rights to Chris Webber for Penny Hardaway the next year, and went with Dwight Howard in 2004.

All eventually reached the NBA Finals with the Magic.

Holmgren went second to the Oklahoma City Thunder after the 7-footer led the West Coast Conference in blocked shots, rebounding and shooting percentage at Gonzaga. He looked sharp in his black suit but may need it to eventually be a bigger size for success in the NBA, as he's listed at just 195 pounds.

The Houston Rockets took Smith at third, happy to end up with a player who many thought would end up going first. The 6-10 forward from Auburn is a natural fit in the current NBA game, able to defend all three frontcourt positions and with a shooting stroke that allowed him to hit 42% behind the arc.

Forward Keegan Murray, after a huge leap in his second season in Iowa, jumped all the way to the No. 4 pick by the Sacramento Kings. The Detroit Pistons, a year after taking Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 pick, took athletic Purdue guard Jaden Ivey fifth.

Here's the rest of the first-round draft order: 

No. 6 (Indiana Pacers): Bennedict Mathurin - Forward /Arizona

No. 7 (Portland Trail Blazers): Shaedon Sharpe - Guard/Kentucky

No. 8 (New Orleans Pelicans): Dyson Daniels - Guard /G League Ignite

No. 9 (San Antonio Spurs): Jeremy Sochan - Forward/Baylor

No. 10 (Washington Wizards): Johnny Davis - Guard/Wisconsin

No. 11 (New York Knicks): Ousmane Dieng - Forward/New Zealand Breakers (NZ)

No. 12 (Oklahoma City Thunder)Jalen Williams - Forward/Santa Clara

No. 13 (Charlotte Hornets): Jalen Duren - Center/Memphis (proposed trade to Detroit Pistons)

No. 14 (Cleveland Cavaliers): Ochai Agbaji - Forward/Kansas

No. 15 (Charlotte Hornets): Mark Williams - Center/Duke

No. 16 (Atlanta Hawks): A.J. Griffin - Forward/Duke

No. 17 (Houston Rockets): Tari Eason - Forward/LSU

No. 18 (Chicago Bulls): Dalen Terry - Guard/Arizona

No. 19 (Minnesota Timberwolves): Jake LaRavia - Forward/Wake Forest

No. 20 (San Antonio Spurs): Malaki Branham - Guard/Ohio State

No. 21 (Denver Nuggets): Christian Braun - Forward/Kansas

No. 22 (Memphis Grizzlies): Walker Kessler - Center/Auburn

No. 23 (Philadelphia 76ers): David Roddy - Forward/Colorado State

No. 24 (Milwaukee Bucks): MarJon Beauchamp - Guard/G League Ignite

No. 25 (San Antonio Spurs): Blake Wesley - Guard/Notre Dame

No. 26 (Dallas Mavericks): Wendell Moore Jr.- Forward/Duke

No. 27 (Miami Heat): Nikola Jovic - Forward/Mega Mozzart (Serbia)

No. 28 (Golden State Warriors): Patrick Baldwin Jr. - Forward/Milwaukee

No. 29 (Memphis Grizzlies): TyTy Washington Jr. - Guard/Kentucky

No. 30 (Oklahoma City Thunder): Peyton Watson - Forward/UCLA (Proposed trade to Denver Nuggets)

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