– Paolo Banchero has improved his stats as a shooter and defender in the 2023/24 season
– Banchero aims to continue improving and potentially achieve an All-Defense award
– The Magic, despite being one of the youngest teams, are committed to improving and aiming for the playoffs
Paolo Banchero in his last 3 games:
The Paolo Express is on the right track! 🚂#MagicTogether
— Wendell Epps (@epps_wendell)
Paolo Banchero has been making significant strides in his performance this season, improving on his Rookie of the Year production from last year. Only a month into the new season, he’s already surpassed his stats as a shooter and defender. He’s averaging 19.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists, making 47.7% of his shots overall and 45.5% from beyond the arc, ranking first among the Class of 2022 in scoring, field goals and three pointers.
The rising star has also been responding in clutch moments, such as dropping a game-winning shot in the final seconds against the Chicago Bulls. His coach Jamahl Mosley believes that Paolo is showing great improvement on his defense, something that Paolo himself has been consciously working on. He has acknowledged that his defense was an area of frustration for him and that he has been studying a lot of film to improve it.
Despite being one of the youngest teams in the league, Paolo believes that his team has shown commitment to improve and are working hard to reach the playoffs. Currently, the Magic hold a 10-5 record and are in a four-way tie for second place in the Eastern Conference. Paolo does not believe that their young team will restrict them from reaching the playoffs, as the entire team has shown a heightened sense of urgency and commitment.
Paolo’s improvement this season has not gone unnoticed, as he has acknowledged that he has the physical tools and the smarts to achieve an All-Defense award. He also recognizes the greatness of other young players in the league, expressing his support for rookies Victor Wembanyama and Chet Holmgren.