Duke basketball: Paolo Banchero already launching All-Star campaign

Duke basketball forward Paolo Banchero (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images)
Duke basketball forward Paolo Banchero (Photo by Justin Ford/Getty Images) /

Former Duke basketball standout Paolo Banchero is already launching an All-Star campaign. 

It has only been four games in the professional career of Duke basketball standout Paolo Banchero but the No. 1 overall pick has already launched a campaign for the NBA All-Star Game.

Banchero is averaging 22.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 0.8 steals per game for the Orlando Magic while shooting 42.6-percent from the field yet a struggling 18.8-percent (3-for-16) from 3-point range.

The rookie made an immediate impact in his NBA debut against the Detroit Pistons with a dunk that sent shockwaves around the league and was an early entry for the dunk of the year.

Paolo Banchero has posted 27, 20, 23, and 21 points in his first four games as the last player to start their career with four straight games with at least 20 points was former Blue Devil sensation Grant Hill in 1994-95.

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Hill was named as an All-Star and Co-Rookie of the Year in his first professional season while also being on the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

The last rookie that was selected to the All-Star Game was Blake Griffin during the 2011 season and before the Los Angeles Clippers rookie it was Yao Ming in 2003.

Duke basketball product putting up numbers not seen since LeBron James

Paolo Banchero posted 27 points, nine rebounds, and five assists in his debut for the Magic and it was the first time a player had at least 25 points, five rebounds, and five assists in his first NBA game since LeBron James in 2003.

Banchero was also the first rookie to have at least 20 points in his first two games since the James.

Orlando has dropped all four of its games to begin the season and will close out its two game road tip on Wednesday, October 26 against the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7:00pm.

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