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Summer League Watch: Banchero’s Big Night

Quite a performance, and not least of all in the clutch.

2022 NBA Summer League - Orlando Magic v Sacramento Kings
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 09: Paolo Banchero #5 of the Orlando Magic reacts during a game against the Sacramento Kings during the 2022 NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center on July 09, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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In Saturday’s NBA Summer League play, Paolo Banchero had a big night: he had 23 points, six rebounds, six assists, four steals and two blocks

That’s all really good, but what was even better was that Sacramento made a massive comeback and the game went to sudden death OT.

And in sudden death OT, Banchero had a massive, hugely impressive block, and then threaded the needle for an assist that led to the winning basket.

It wasn’t a perfect game - what is? For one, Banchero hasn’t shot well in either of his games. But in general, he’s showing that he can lead and be the focal point of his team, and we’re guessing Orlando likes that.

AJ Griffin and the Atlanta Hawks played the Jazz but Griffin got a DNP-COACH’S DECISION.

Veron Carey is playing for the Washington Wizards; he had seven points and four boards.