March 21, 2023

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Magic’s Paolo Banchero, Franz Wagner taken with top 2 picks – The Denver Post

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The Orlando Magic’s “Rising Stars” will be on opposing teams during All-Star Weekend after being taken with the first two picks in Tuesday’s draft.

Pau Gasol took Magic rookie forward Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 pick while Deron Williams selected Magic second-year forward Franz Wagner with the No. 2 pick in the Rising Stars draft.

Former NBA stars Gasol, Williams, Joakim Noah and Jason Terry are serving as honorary coaches for the Rising Stars tournament, which will be played Feb. 17 at Vivint Arena as part of All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City.

“I have to go with a player who’s having a great year,” Gasol said before drafting Banchero, the No. 1 pick in last year’s NBA draft. “Extremely talented. To me, if you look at this list, is probably the first guy that’s…

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2023-02-07 14:30:34

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