Paolo Banchero makes history & speaks on electric game vs. Pistons

Matthew Legros
Paolo Banchero playing for the Orlando Magic.

Orlando Magic All-Star Paolo Banchero reflected on his memorable performance against the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, capped off by a historic feat.

Banchero added to an already impressive 2023-24 NBA resume with a couple of highlight plays that made the rounds on social media.

The former No. 1 overall pick also did something that only three other players in the last 40 years have achieved. He had much to say about his attention-grabbing showcase after the game.

Paolo Banchero sees rare feat as “crazy” accomplishment

Banchero stands as only the fourth player since the 1983-84 season to average at least 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists at age 21 or younger.

Magic beat reporter Jason Beede shared Banchero’s thoughts on the major accomplishment in his post-game presser on X:

“I mean yeah, when you say that with those names, it is kind of crazy hearing that…” Banchero said of being in the company of Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Luka Doncic.

Considering that the league has had many versatile high school draftees and one-and-done superstars since 1984 including Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant, Banchero’s accomplishment is even more special.

The Duke University product etched his big day in the minds of fans with a coast-to-coast dunk that brought the house down at the Kia Center.

He also slyly euro-stepped in the lane for a pretty finish. Banchero added two signature highlights to his growing package of spectacular plays.

Banchero’s work on Sunday was noticed by the NBA world, which boasted of his play during and after the game. He’s steadily becoming a fan favorite as his profile continues to grow in the league.

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Matthew graduated from Brooklyn College in 2022 with a Bachelor's degree in Communications. In the past, he's written for Heavy Sports, Sports Illustrated, and SB Nation. On top of penning scripts for Empire Sports Media, Matthew covers the latest NBA, NFL and Boxing news for Dexerto. His expertise lies in basketball, with a personal passion for track-and-field. You can contact him at