LAS VEGAS – Paolo Banchero showed a lot of Orlando magic in his two Summer League tournaments. And the magic decided it was enough.
After averaging 20 points, six assists and five rebounds in his two games in Las Vegas, the No. 1 pick is closing out the rest of the summer league. Magic decided so they could evaluate the other players with them this summer and see who gets a roster spot or a G-League chance.
“I want to give these other kids a chance to play, to show what they are capable of,” said Magic coach Jamahal Mosley. “It’s a Summer League issue, you know, give them a chance … give these other kids a chance to see what they’re capable of. And we’ve seen what Paolo could do.”
Magic expects Admiral Schofield and RJ Hampton to give up the rest of the summer league, giving players a few more minutes to get a chance in Las Vegas. Mosley said Banchero got everything he needed from the summer experience.
“The understanding of what he needs to do in certain situations, the concepts we’re promoting in an offensive and defensive way, is holding them back,” Mosley said. “It simply came to our notice then. He explains to me what he sees on the floor. These are just two games, but you watch those movie sessions and you wonder how he gets into all of this. That way you can decide if it’s time for these other people to spend that moment. “
Meanwhile, San Antonio Spurs guard Josh Primola was ruled out of Monday’s game against the Houston Rockets after entering the NBA’s health and safety protocol. Primo, who averaged 15 points and 4.5 assists in two games in Vegas, will probably lose the rest of the summer league.
The Associated Press contributed to the story.