Paolo Banchero named rookie of the month for second straight time

Feb 03, 2023 425

Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero has been named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for January 2023. It is the second straight month that he has earned the monthly honor. Italian-American Banchero becomes the third player in franchise history to be named the league’s Rookie of the Month in consecutive months, joining Shaquille O’Neal (four straight months) and Mike Miller.

Banchero (6’10”, 255, 11/12/02) played and started in 14 games during January, averaging 20.1 ppg., 5.9 rpg., 3.2 apg. and 1.29 stlpg. in 32.7 minpg. He led all NBA rookies in scoring and minutes played, while ranking second among East rookies in rebounding and third in assists. Banchero scored 20+ points six times and 30+ points once.

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