LAS VEGAS — Paolo Banchero has shown the Orlando Magic a lot in his two summer league competitions. And the magic decided that was enough.
The No. 1 wins the remainder of the Summer League after averaging 20 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in his two games in Las Vegas. The Magic made the decision to rank other players who are with them this summer and see who would have earned a roster spot or a G League opportunity.
“I want to give these other guys a chance to play to show what they’re capable of,” said Magic Trainer Jamahl Mosley. “That’s the point of summer league, you know, give them a chance…a chance for these other guys to see what they’re capable of. And we saw what Paolo was capable of.”
Banchero said he would have liked to have continued playing but shifted to what the team felt was best.
“They suggested what’s best for me and I didn’t really want to push back or anything,” he said. “I was happy with the way I played. They were happy with the way I played. They were comfortable with that, I didn’t want to push them back.”
The Magic is also expected to clear Admiral Schofield and RJ Hampton for the remainder of the summer league, opening up even more minutes for players to receive opportunities in Las Vegas. Mosley said Banchero got everything he needed from the summer experience.
“His understanding of what he needs to do in certain situations, the concepts that we preach offensively and defensively, that’s what he holds onto,” Mosley said. “When he watches movies together, he observes these things. He explains to me the things he sees on the ground. It’s only two games, but you look at those movie sessions and you realize how he registers everything can make the judgment that it’s about time [to] let these other guys get those moments.”
Banchero said he learned a lot from this experience.
“I was happy with the way I played but there was a lot I could improve on,” he said. “In the second game I had a lot of turnovers. I just got into even better shape. I felt like those were my first two games so just build my wind up again. But overall I think I did pretty well have.
“That time in Vegas really helped me as a basketball player.”
Meanwhile, San Antonio Spurs guard Josh Primo was ruled out of Monday’s game against the Houston Rockets after entering NBA health and safety protocols. Primo, who averaged 15 points and 4.5 assists in two games in Vegas, is also likely to miss the rest of the Summer League.
The Associated Press and ESPN’s Andrew Lopez contributed to this report.
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