The Orlando Magic shocked the world by taking Paolo Banchero with the first-overall choose in final 12 months’s NBA Draft.
Most individuals anticipated them to go along with Jabari Smith Jr. or Chet Holmgren, with Banchero falling to the third spot.
The Duke product might have taken all these doubts personally, as he balled out proper out of the gate and proved why he was the No. 1 ranked prospect in his class in some unspecified time in the future.
He appeared NBA-ready from day one, placing up big numbers and setting and breaking marks all through the course of his rookie marketing campaign.
Banchero averaged 20.0 factors, 6.9 rebounds, 3.7 assists, and 1.2 three-pointers per recreation on 42% from the ground.
Nonetheless, it looks like none of that was sufficient to persuade Andy Larsen of the Salt Lake Tribune that he was deserving of the Rookie of the Yr award.
Larsen was the one media member who didn’t vote for Banchero, giving the nod to Utah Jazz’s Walker Kessler as an alternative.
Somebody simply ruined Paolo Banchero’s probabilities of being unanimous rookie of the 12 months 😅
(By way of @CroesFire ) pic.twitter.com/KOpZdOlcft
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) April 14, 2023
Evidently, that prompted loads of criticism on social media, with followers calling him out left and proper.
Are you able to revoke somebody’s voting privileges?
Asking for a good friend
— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) April 14, 2023
He principally simply assured he won’t ever get one other vote once more
— choc (@choc) April 14, 2023
Salt Lake Tribune too… he covers the Utah Jazz 🤮
— Solo (@YT_Solo) April 14, 2023
Walker Kessler would not have voted for himself.
— Chris Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) April 14, 2023
Andy must be stripped of his vote. He shouldnt br capable of ever vote once more
— Jovan (@BigMeekHTX) April 14, 2023
Kessler was additionally a powerful rookie, and he flashed Defensive Participant of the Yr potential, however one needs to be fairly goal, whatever the workforce you cowl or root for.
Banchero ought to’ve received the award unanimously, even when you don’t like his recreation.
He was probably the most environment friendly, most poised, and most spectacular rookie within the 12 months by a landslide.
So hey, you higher consider he’s going to maintain these video games in opposition to the Utah Jazz marked on his calendar subsequent season.