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Forget No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown, Magic to sit Banchero for rest of Summer League

Shutting top players down after two or three games is a Summer League tradition.



The city of Las Vegas, Nevada, USA — Two to three Summer League games is the maximum amount of time a top draft pick or second-year player can play. After that, even if a player was otherwise healthy, they were benched (throw in a minor injury and they can be done earlier).

Paolo Banchero was only needed for two games of Magic.

Banchero has been ruled out of Monday night’s game against Chet Holmgren and the Thunder, which was supposed to be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 showdown.

Today’s highly anticipated Paolo Banchero vs. Chet Holmgren summer league matchup in Las Vegas has been postponed due to inclement weather. It was decided that Banchero’s summer league debut would be halted after two games and that the Magic would prioritise playing time for other players. Here’s some more of my thoughts on the NBA: On July 11, 2022, Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) tweeted:


The league and ESPN (which is broadcasting the game) may not want this, but it’s the best decision for the organization. It’s better to avoid injury and get Banchero back to Orlando so that he can begin training with Cole Anthony, Franz Wagner, and the rest of the Magic’s core rather than wasting time in Summer League.

They’re not the only ones. The Warriors are debating how much more Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga will play now that their contracts have been extended. It’s unclear how much more Giddey and Holmgren will play for the Thunder, who also participated in the Salt Lake City Summer League. Cam Thomas should be benched if the Nets play him in any more games. The list goes on and on; it’s a Summer League tradition to pull players from the field after two or three games.

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