Orlando Magic’s spring surprise with Paolo Banchero pick as Milton Keynes’ Sochan move ninth

Surprise pick: The Orlando Magic selected Paolo Banchero first overall in the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday (Getty Images)

The Orlando Magic surprised by selecting Paolo Banchero with the first overall pick in 2022 NBA Repechage Thursday evening.

After finishing with the worst record in the Eastern Conference last season and subsequently winning the draft lottery for the fourth time, the Florida franchise opted for dukeACC Rookie of the Year in New York instead of Auburn’s Jabari Smith Jr, who was most expected to be the top pick.

He was the Magic’s first No. 1 pick since they selected Dwight Howard in 2004.

“I plan to bring everything I have to Orlando,” Banchero said. “First of all, just a winning mindset, a work oriented mindset. Just ready to go in with the guys and get to work. This is one of the best times of my life I’m super excited.

Smith Jr was instead taken by the Houston Rockets to No. 3, with Gonzaga 7-footer Chet Holmgren picked second overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Jeremy Sochan, who grew up in Milton Keynes, was taken ninth by the San Antonio Spurs (USA TODAY Sports)

Jeremy Sochan, who grew up in Milton Keynes, was taken ninth by the San Antonio Spurs (USA TODAY Sports)

British interest came in the form of Jeremy Sochan, the US-born Polish international who grew up in Milton Keynesplayed college basketball at Baylor and was picked ninth by the San Antonio Spurs.

Iowa forward Keegan Murray was the No. 4 pick for the Sacramento Kings, with Canadian duo Bennedict Mathurin and Shaedon Sharpe then selected by the Indiana Pacers and Portland Trailblazers respectively.

Another international top-10 entry was Australia’s Dyson Daniels, who finished No. 8 against the New Orleans Pelicans. A pick behind Sochan was Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis, who was taken by the Washington Wizards.

As always, there were plenty of eye-catching draft night trades, the most notable of which saw Kemba Walker traded from the New York Knicks to the Detroit Pistons in a three-team deal that also involved the Charlotte Hornets.

The Golden State Warriors are the current NBA champions.after securing their fourth title in eight seasons with a Gam 6 win over the Boston Celtics at TD Garden last week.

The Warriors took Milwaukee forward Patrick Baldwin Jr to No. 28 in last night’s draft, also trading draft rights to No. 44 pick Ryan Rollins with the Atlanta Hawks and taking Brazilian big man Gui Santos to the second turn.