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NBA Power Rankings: Paolo Banchero Lifting Orlando Magic?

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ORLANDO – Orlando Magic rookie Paolo Banchero is having fun with arguably his best stretch yet as an NBA player.

Banchero has been red-hot for the reason that recent yr, averaging 26.7 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists on .474/.381/.818 splits.

The potential Rookie of the 12 months’s efforts have pushed the Magic up one spot in Sports Illustrated’s latest power rankings.

“Paolo Banchero powered the Magic to 2 more wins last week to proceed their ascent within the East,” SI writes. “The No. 1 pick went for a team-high 25 points in double-digit victories over the Thunder at home and Warriors on the road and he finished with 30 in a loss to the Grizzlies on the Amway Center. Winning on the Chase Center has been a rarity for road teams this yr, but Banchero and Franz Wagner led the best way against an undermanned Golden State team to kick off a five-game West Coast road trip.”

The Magic sits in thirteenth within the Eastern Conference, but is simply 4 games back of the Tenth-place Atlanta Hawks for a spot within the play-in tournament.

Banchero hopes to assist the Magic proceed its winning ways with games this week against the Sacramento Kings (Mon.), Portland Trail Blazers (Tue.), Utah Jazz (Fri.) and Denver Nuggets (Sun.).

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