Orlando Magic striker Paolo Banchero has been named the NBA’s Japanese Convention Rookie of the Month for video games performed in December, the league introduced Tuesday.
Banchero, the No. 1 total draft choose, led all NBA rookies with 19.1 factors per recreation by way of the month, together with 6.5 rebounds (fifth) and 4.1 assists (second).
He shot 40.7% from the sphere, 33.9% from 3 and 78.2% on 7.3 free throws per recreation with 53.3% true capturing accuracy; method that features free throws and higher-value 3-pointers.
Banchero averaged 22.7 factors (45.8% from the sphere, 27.3% on 3s, 73.2% on free throws — 55% true capturing), 6.8 rebounds and three.6 assists in his 15 Oct/Nov video games .
“I did not really feel it [December] was my greatest month, so it could be good to win it, though I feel I might have been rather a lot higher this month,” Banchero stated after Tuesday’s follow earlier than the league announcement. “Going into a brand new 12 months, a brand new month of the season, it is a new focus. We now have to refocus on the video games now we have in entrance of us. Had an important journey to the West Coast [coming up]. I am enthusiastic about it.”
Banchero scored in double figures in 13 of the Dec. 15 video games, together with 20-plus factors 10 occasions and eclipsing 30 as soon as. Dec. 18 win over the Boston Celtics.
“It is big,” coach Jamahl Mosley stated earlier than the announcement. “This younger man continues to do nice work. Being the primary one within the fitness center, the final one within the fitness center learning movie. Understanding the ebbs and flows of the sport and the way he can proceed to work to get higher. That’s what he strives to do. To obtain that award, if it does occur, is a superb achievement, the work you place in pays off in so some ways.”
Banchero is the ninth Magic participant to earn Rookie of the Month honors, becoming a member of;
- Dennis Scott (March 1991);
- Shaquille O’Neal (4 occasions — November 1992-February 1993);
- Penny Hardaway (twice — January and April 1994);
- Mike Miller (twice — February and March 2001);
- Victor Oladipo (twice — December 2013 and February 2014);
- Elfrid Peyton (January 2015);
- RJ Hampton (Could 2021);
- Franz Wagner (December, 2021).
Rookie of the Month was awarded to at least one rookie within the NBA till the 2001–02 season, when the league started awarding one rookie from every convention. Sacramento Kings ahead Keegan Murray, the No. 4 total draft choose, was named the Western Convention Rookie of the Month.
Heading into Wednesday’s dwelling recreation in opposition to the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, Banchero is averaging 20.9 factors (first amongst rookies), 6.7 rebounds (third) and three.9 assists (second).
He’s the sixth participant in NBA historical past to start his profession with six consecutive 20-point video games. The others had been Wilt Chamberlain (56), Alvin Hayes (10), Grant Hill, Dominique Wilkins and Oscar Robertson (6).
Banchero’s streak of seven 20-point video games (Dec. 5-18) tied the franchise document for longest 20-point recreation streak by a Magic rookie, held by Shaquille O’Neal (1993).
He scored 20-plus factors 21 occasions, essentially the most of any rookie.
Banchero has the perfect likelihood to win Rookie of the Yr as of Friday, in line with VegasInsider.com.
Second-year ahead Franz Wagner was nominated for Japanese Convention Participant of the Month honors, which went to Philadelphia 76ers massive man Joel Embiid.
In December, Wagner averaged a team-high 20.3 factors (45.5% capturing, 37.3 3s), 3.6 rebounds and a couple of.9 assists. It was the second time he was nominated for the month-to-month award after being nominated in October/November.
Mosley was nominated for Japanese Convention Coach of the Month, gained by Brooklyn Nets coach Jacques Vaughn, after the Magic went 8-7 in December.
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