THE BALL – Mbappé saw Banchero be the first option in the 2022 draft (NBA)

There was a surprise in the 2022 NBA draft yesterday morning at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, with Mbappé, a Paris Saint-Germain player in attendance, the Orlando Magic choosing Paolo Banchero over Jabari Smith , designated as a favorite. , who was only selected by the Houston Rockets as their third pick. The second option was Chet Holmgren, who will represent OKC Thunder.

19-year-old Duke University winger Banchero averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals.

“Five minutes before the ceremony started, my agent told me to be ready that something was going to happen. Thirty seconds before the number one announcement, he turned around and said ‘congratulations’. J hope to have a great year. There will be ups and downs, but it will be beautiful. I’m ready,” said Banchero, who will be joined by players like Franz Wagner, Jalen Suggs, Mo Bamba and Wendell Carter Jr. in Orlando.

Check out the choices:

1. Paolo Banchero (Magic of Orlando)
2. Chet Holmgren (Oklahoma City Thunder)
3. Jabari Smith (Houston Rockets)
4. Keegan Murray (Sacramento Kings)
5. Jaden Ivey (Detroit Pistons)
6. Benedict Mathurin (Indiana Pacers)
7. Shaedon Sharpe (Portland Trail Blazers)
8. Dyson Daniels (New Orleans Pelicans)
9. Jeremy Sochan (San Antonio Spurs)
10. Johnny Davis (Washington Wizards)

11. Ousmane Dieng (New York Knicks, move to Thunder)
12. Jalen Williams (Oklahoma City Thunder)
13. Jalen Duren (Charlotte Hornets, for the Pistons)
14. Cleveland Cavaliers
15. Mark Williams (Charlotte Hornet)
16. AJ Griffin (Atlanta Hawks)
17. Tari Eason (Houston Rockets)
18. Dalen Terry (Chicago Bulls)
19. Jake LaRavia (Minnesota Timberwolves, vai para os Grizzlies)
20. Malaki Branham (San Antonio Spurs)

21. Christian Braun (Denver Nuggets)
22. Walker Kessler (Memphis Grizzlies, goes to Timberwolves)
23. David Roddy (Philadelphia 76ers, goes to Grizzlies)
24. Mar Jon Beauchamp (Milwaukee Bucks)
25. Blake Wesley (San Antonio Spurs)
26. Wendell Moore Jr. (Dallas Mavericks, opts for Timberwolves)
27. Nikola Jovic (Miami Heat)
28. Patrick Baldwin Jr. (Golden State Warriors)
29. TyTy Washington Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies, vai para os Rockets)
30. Peyton Watson (Oklahoma City Thunder, bad for the Nuggets)

Mbappé left advice to young basketball players: “Mbappé left advice to young basketball players: “It’s a unique moment, you have to take advantage of it. It’s only the beginning of something big, it’s hard in the NBA, they know they have to work, but if they’re there, it’s because they have a lot of talent.”

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