Paolo Banchero becomes 7th NBA player to post 20+ points in 1st 5 games

On Wednesday, the 2022 NBA draft's first selection scored a career-high 29 points on 10-of-19 shooting with eight rebounds, four assists, and two blocks in 37 minutes against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Banchero's sixth consecutive 20-point game since joining the NBA puts him in exclusive company.

As an aside, Wilt Chamberlain's 56-game string of 20-plus points would have been 78 if not for a nine-minute rookie year performance.

Banchero is the first player since Wilkins in 1982-83 to score 120 points, 35 rebounds, and 15 assists in his first five games.

Springfield, Massachusetts is our greatest example of the Banchero's career start.

Orlando is 0-5 after losing to the Cavaliers 103-92.

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