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GAME PLAN PLAYERS: Paolo Banchero

Last Updated: November 14, 2023
As we gear up for CNBC x Boardroom’s Game Plan conference this summer, let’s learn more about one of the event’s featured speakers, Paolo Banchero.

In a first-of-its-kind partnership, CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, and Boardroom, Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman’s premier media brand covering the business of sports, music, and entertainment, are teaming up to produce CNBC x Boardroom Game Plan, an all-new, high-powered event taking place on July 25 in Los Angeles. Today, we’re highlighting featured speaker Paolo Banchero, reigning NBA Rookie of the Year. Click here to view the full list of CNBC x Boardroom Game Plan speakers.

The NBA‘s best vets will undoubtedly be missed when they decide to call it a career. Thankfully, there is a new generation of athletes committed to keeping the game popular as ever. Paolo Banchero has only just wrapped his rookie year in the league, but he’s already poised to be one of the most exciting players to watch for years to come. Selected first overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2022 NBA Draft, the ex-Duke Blue Devil even received praise from a division rival, Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young.

“You can tell he’s their franchise guy going forward,” Young said on The Point Podcast. “He’s a leader, so I’m looking to see what he does. Usually them really good players make that second-year jump, so I’m looking to see what he does.”

This season, Banchero became just the sixth rookie in NBA history to average 20 points, six rebounds, and three assists, consequently earning him Rookie of the Year honors. Throughout the course of the year, the 20-year-old was named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month four times. At the 2023 FIBA Men’s World Cup later this summer, Banchero will represent Team USA in Manila.

Learn more about Paolo Banchero’s Game Plan below.

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Paolo Banchero’s Game Plan

Background & Career

  • Born and raised in Seattle, Washington
  • Second Team All-American and First Team All-ACC at Duke University
  • Selected No. 1 overall by the Orlando Magic in the 2022 NBA Draft

Accomplishments & Milestones

  • First Team All-ACC (2021-22)
  • ACC Rookie of the Year (2021-22)
  • Second Team All-American (2021-22)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (2022-23)
  • NBA All-Rookie Team (2022-23)

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About The Author
Vinciane Ngomsi
Vinciane Ngomsi
Vinciane Ngomsi is a Staff Writer at Boardroom. She began her career in sports journalism with bylines at SB Nation, USA Today, and most recently Yahoo. She received a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Truman State University, and when she's not watching old clips of Serena Williams' best matches, she is likely perfecting her signature chocolate chip cookie recipe or preparing a traditional Cameroonian meal.