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Paolo Banchero wouldn't want to get picked by Oklahoma City: "I never liked the Thunder"

Banchero is a lock for the Top 3 in the 2022 NBA Draft
Paolo Banchero

Paolo Banchero

The 2022 NBA Draft is looking like a three-man battle between Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero, and Jabari Smith, as all of them have great cases to be the #1 pick. Who the Magic, Thunder, and Rockets will pick between these three is up for debate, but a recent statement from Banchero has Thunder fans worried.

Paolo to OKC?

The 6'10'' versatile forward had an outstanding freshman season at Duke, averaging 17.2 ppg and 7.8 rpg, leading them to the Final Four. Even before his college season, Banchero was hyped and projected to be one of the top prospects in the 2022 class. And it was true, with Paolo being a lock for the Top 3 as the Draft approaches.

But the competition is stiff, with Chet and Jabari also being regarded highly. Who will be picked first is up for debate, with all analysts having different opinions on who could become the best player. The Thunder had good luck with the ping pong balls, getting the #2 pick, and a chance to finally use one of those countless picks to get back into relevance.

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The most talked-about projection has been that the Magic would take Chet, leaving the Thunder with Paolo on their squad. The fit is great -- a versatile wing that can do everything next to guys like SGA, Giddey, and Dort would be great for OKC. But Banchero himself is hesitant about joining Oklahoma.

In a recent interview, Paolo revealed he grew up a Sonics fan, always holding u grudge against the Thunder because of that.

"I grew up with the Sonics a little bit. I was six when they left, I think, so I never liked the Thunder."

Paolo Banchero, Paulo Alves Twitter

As we all knew, Seattle lost their SuperSonics in 2007, with the Oklahoma City Thunder replacing their team. It was a sad day for such a storied franchise, but luckily it is highly likely that the Sonics will be returning in a couple of years with the expansion.

As far as the Banchero-Thunder connection goes, this could literally mean nothing, but you never know. It's undoubtedly a red flag, but if the Thunder evaluate Banchero as a good fit on and off the court, this will not stop Sam Presti from selecting him.


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