Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero will play on the 2023 Men’s National Team at the FIBA World Cup this summer. (AP Photo/Gareth Patterson)

After just one season, Banchero showed lots of promise as a future star in the league. He finished 43rd in points per game in his rookie campaign averaging 20 and shooting 47% from the floor. Improving his three-point shooting in his sophomore outing will be key. He shot 29.7% from deep on roughly four attempts per game. I can see him increasing his attempts this season and hitting somewhere in the mid-thirties. That would pay dividends for the Orlando offense.

Banchero already does a good job attacking the rim and drawing contact. He attempted seven free throws per game last season and hit 73% from the line. I’d like to see him hit somewhere in the mid-eighties and take double-digit attempts on a nightly basis. The Magic had a lot of games at the of the season that resulted in single-digit losses hindering them from making a playoff push. Banchero taking that step as an elite offensive talent is going to be the difference maker for Orlando.

The Magic finished 13th in the East, but every team in the 11th-13th spots were all so close. Each of them finished with at least 34 wins and missed the play-in tournament behind The Chicago Bulls who won 40 wins. If Banchero can crack the top 10 in scoring and average say, 27.5 points per game (Trey Young was 10th last year averaging 26.2 ppg) then expect to see Orland back in the playoffs in the near future.