Orlando's Paolo Banchero wins NBA Rookie of the Year award
ORLANDO (SNN-TV) - Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero was named the overwhelming winner of the NBA's Rookie of the Year award earlier tonight.
Banchero dominated the voting, claiming 98 of 100 first-place votes and 494 out of a possible 500 points. He was followed in the voting by Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jalen Williams and Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler, with Kessler claiming the remaining two first-place votes.
Indiana Pacers guard Bennedict Mathurin, Sacramento Kings forward Keegan Murray and Detroit Pistons guard Jaden Ivey each received at least one vote.
Banchero, the No. 1 overall pick in last year's NBA draft, averaged 20 points, nearly 7 rebounds and 4 assists this season. He becomes the third Magic player to win Rookie of the Year, joining Shaquille O'Neal and Mike Miller. Banchero led all rookies in points per game, scoring at least 20 points 40 times and scoring at least 30 points six times.