He appears to be a player we’ll be talking about well into the next decade and now the jersey Paolo Banchero wore on the night the NBA’s top draft pick began his career is on the auction block.
NBA Auctions is offering the black Orlando Magic road shirt donned by the former Duke star in its current group of items. As of Tuesday evening, the high bid was approaching $6,000. Bidding will continue through December 8.
Banchero wore the Icon Edition jersey during the Magic’s 113-109 Opening Night loss to the Detroit Pistons on October 19 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI, and quickly served notice he would be the Rookie of the Year favorite. In that first game while wearing the jersey, he played 35 minutes and registered a game-high 27 points with five assists, nine rebounds and two blocked shots–the first rookie with a 25-5-5 line in his first game since LeBron James in 2003.
The jersey is a size 52 with six inches of extra length. As with all items sold through NBA Auctions, it’s registered into the NBA-MeiGray Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program. “ROOKIE DEBUT 10-19-22” is handwritten on the bottom of the jersey tag.
Banchero, who turned 20 years old earlier this month, is averaging 22.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists so far. He’s currently the favorite to win the league’s Rookie of the Year award, despite missing several games this month due to injury.
After a recent loss to the Brooklyn Nets, Banchero picked up a nice jersey from Kevin Durant, who signed and inscribed it.
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The jersey from Banchero’s Summer League debut sold for $7,020 last month.