Magic's Paolo Banchero Says Winning ROY Award Among 'Main' Goals for Rookie Season

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVOctober 16, 2022

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - OCTOBER 14: Paolo Banchero #5 of the Orlando Magic dribbles the ball to the net against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Amway Center on October 14, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Julio Aguilar/Getty Images)
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Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero said winning Rookie of the Year is a priority for him this season.

"Besides the team success and us having a great year, that's definitely my main goal," Banchero told Marc Stein.

Banchero certainly has high expectations after averaging 17.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game at Duke, showcasing the ability to score in a variety of ways. The 2022 No. 1 overall pick is the preseason favorite to win Rookie of the Year, per Fanduel, ahead of Jaden Ivey and Keegan Murray.

No. 2 pick Chet Holmgren will also miss the season because of a foot injury.

There is no guarantee the top pick wins the Rookie of the Year award. Toronto Raptors forward Scottie Barnes won it last year after going fourth in the 2021 draft, following LaMelo Ball, Ja Morant and Luka Doncic, and none of them was a No. 1 overall pick.

Karl-Anthony Towns was the last player to win Rookie of the Year immediately after being drafted No. 1 overall in 2015-16 (Ben Simmons won after missing his first year).

It creates a tough task for Banchero heading into his first NBA season.