“Good Choice, Sign With the Goat”: Orlando Magic’s New Rookie Sensation Signing With the Michael Jordan Brand Has NBA Twitter in a Frenzy

Published 07/29/2022, 7:30 AM EDT

Any young NBA player’s dream would be to sign a shoe deal with one of the top brands in the world. And it seems like NBA’s 2022 number one draft pick Paolo Banchero is getting his as he is reportedly finalizing a deal to sign with the Jordan brand, inspired by His Airness, Michael Jordan.

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Paola Banchero was the top pick in the draft by the Orlando Magic. He was one of the highest-rated players in the country and the Magic selected him for their rebuilding process. Banchero has the ability to create his own shot, and he is a solid playmaker as well.

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 NBA fans react to Paolo Banchero signing with Jordan, inspired by Michael Jordan

NBA fans were excited to see Banchero signing with the Jordan brand. Many young players have signed up with MJ and Banchero is the latest addition to the squad. Here are some of the best reactions:

Magic fans excited about Paolo Banchero

The Orlando Magic have not had a lot going for them. After trading away Dwight Howard, the Magic have been on a slump of mediocrity with just one playoff appearance. So they needed to hit big in this draft. Previous number one picks by the Magic have been Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard, both are NBA champions with Shaq also being a Hall of Famer.

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When the Magic picked Banchero over Chet Holmgren, there were a lot of questions over this. Holmgren is a seven-foot player who can shoot and dribble the ball at a high level. He has the potential to be one of the stars of the future. Meanwhile, Banchero was a solid player but there were doubts about him being the number one overall pick.

Jun 23, 2022; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Paolo Banchero (Duke) shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number one overall pick by the Orlando Magic in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

But in Las Vegas, Banchero put the fans at ease as he stormed out of the gate and took the chance to prove himself. He showcased his playmaking skills and awareness from his college days. Many fans were impressed with the Orlando Magic taking him number overall.

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A major talking point was how big Paolo Banchero actually is. In fact, he is 6’10” and 250 pounds and his combination of size, strength, athleticism, and handles is arguably scary. Undoubtedly, the Orlando Magic definitely have a star of the future. They just need to get the right pieces to surround him.

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Vishwesha Kumar

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Vishwesha Kumar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Holder of a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, Vishwesha has been writing content for about 3 years now. He has been following the NBA for nearly 10 years, since first starting off in the year 2012.

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