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Everyone’s Praising Young Magic Star After Game 7 Loss

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The Orlando Magic were not a team that anyone expected to do much damage in the Eastern Conference this season, as the consensus seemed to be that the team needed some more veteran talent and was about a season or two away from making a jump in the standings.

However, the Magic defied the odds during the 2023-24 NBA regular season to win 47 games, clinch the Southeast division title, and secure the fifth seed in the East.

Although the Magic were one of the surprise teams in the league this season, with Paolo Banchero coming into his own as a potential superstar, Orlando wasn’t expected to make much noise during the playoffs, especially with the team sorely lacking in the offensive production department.

Despite being doubted and written off in the postseason, the Magic gave Donovan Mitchell and the Cleveland Cavaliers all they could handle in the first round, forcing them to a Game 7.

Unfortunately, the Magic fell short in Game 7 on Sunday, but the future does indeed look bright for Orlando, with Banchero leading the way via NBA Central.

What a season from Paolo Banchero

• All-Star as a sophomore
• Led Orlando to the Playoffs
• 3 games with 30+ points in his first playoffs

The future is bright in Orlando 💐 pic.twitter.com/YGN7qCgONa

— NBACentral (@TheDunkCentral) May 5, 2024

Best Magic player this Season

— 𝟐𝟑 👑 (@BronWorld) May 5, 2024

Better than tatum

— BrickMoose (@1BrickMoose) May 5, 2024

Future face of the league

— Wargoat💦🪣 (@WfromCurry) May 5, 2024

He did his best for the team

— Lingardinho 😎💚 (@Jay_lingz14) May 5, 2024

On Sunday, Banchero had perhaps the best game of his NBA career, with the up-and-comer scoring a team-high 38 points and 16 rebounds.

In 80 games during the regular season, Banchero averaged 22.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game while shooting 45.5% from the floor and 33.9% from beyond the arc.

Although these aren’t monster numbers by any means, Banchero only seems to be getting better while coming into his role as the undisputed leader and face of the Magic franchise.

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