Paolo Banchero, Dejounte Murray Draw Rave Reviews on Twitter as Hawks Outlast Magic

Erin WalshOctober 22, 2022

Atlanta Hawks guard Dejounte Murray reacts after a basket against the Houston Rockets during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
AP Photo/John Bazemore

The Atlanta Hawks defeated the Orlando Magic 108-98 on Friday night to improve to 2-0, and Dejounte Murray was one of the best players on the floor in just his second game with the franchise.

Murray, who was traded to the Hawks from the San Antonio Spurs in June, finished with 20 points, nine rebounds, nine assists and three steals, making 8-of-16 shots from the floor and 2-of-5 shots from deep in the win.

It was the second straight game Murray notched 20 points, having done so in the season opener on Wednesday against the Houston Rockets, and he's drawing rave reviews on social media for his latest performance:

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SportsTalkATL Jake (1-0 in GOTYs) @cantguardjake

I dunno how many more times I’m gonna say this. Dejounte Murray was everything this Hawks team needed and more.<br><br>20/9/9<br><br>Just missed a triple double <a href="https://t.co/oJE0xa86Y9">pic.twitter.com/oJE0xa86Y9</a>

Peachtree Hoops @peachtreehoops

The dog has remained in the interior of Dejounte Murray.

Kevin Pelchat @KPelchat92

Dejounte Murray is exactly what this team needed. I always liked the addition but didn’t realize just how perfectly he was going to fit.

Josh Lloyd @redrock_bball

Looks like I was wrong about Dejounte Murray in Atlanta. Can't really declare wrong or right on anyone yet, but he's killing it

cam @DirtyBirds97

Dejounte Murray is so good at basketball

Murray wasn't the only one that was praised, though.

Magic rookie Paolo Banchero had a solid performance despite an off night shooting. He finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks, making 6-of-18 shots from the floor and 1-of-6 shots from deep.

The 2022 No. 1 overall pick was praised for his performance despite Orlando's loss:

StatMuse @statmuse

Paolo Banchero had an off shooting night (6-18 FG).<br><br>He still put up 20/12/2/1/3.<br><br>Ridiculous. <a href="https://t.co/fYmWwHwxeV">pic.twitter.com/fYmWwHwxeV</a>

Alex Bazzell @alexbazzell

Paolo is a mixture of Melo/PG. Orlando didn’t miss with their pick.

Brett Adams @badamsufl

I know it’s a small sample size of just 2 games but I was very wrong on Paolo Banchero draft night. Kid is a stud. Does everything well(except shoot 3’s right now). <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Magic?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Magic</a> are very fortunate to have him as a cornerstone. His defense and rebounding was very overstated as weakness

kennedy marie.. @realkenmarie


Three @3nD22

Paolo Banchero is locked in for ROTY.

t.O. @ThereGoesTO

Paolo Banchero is SPECIAL

Mitch ⚡️ @TxM1tch

Banchero is absolutely unreal

Both of these players have bright futures ahead. However, the Hawks are currently a much more complete team, and it's going to take the Magic some time to get there, especially with such a young roster.

The Hawks will host the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday, while the Magic will host the Boston Celtics on Saturday aiming for their first win of the season.