There's no better way to welcome a new teammate to the squad than with an epic troll job. Apparently, this is exactly what Orlando Magic guard Cole Anthony had in mind the moment he learned that former Duke standout Paolo Banchero was selected No. 1 overall by the Magic in the 2022 NBA Draft.
As a way to show some warm hospitality towards his new teammate, Anthony decided to post a photo of a young Banchero on social media (h/t ClutchPoints on Twitter):
Cole Anthony trolls new Magic teammate and No. 1 pick Paolo Banchero with this photo 🤣 pic.twitter.com/xiDYGaBDIb
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) June 24, 2022
Anthony didn't even say anything about Banchero in the photo, but he was definitely successful in inducing a few laughs at the expense of his new Magic teammate. It seems like the infamous rookie hazing has already begun. I mean, Banchero isn't even on his way to Orlando yet.
All jokes aside, though, the Magic have a real stud in the 19-year-old power forward. There's a reason why Banchero climbed the rankings ahead of Thursday's draft and clearly, the Magic just couldn't pass up the opportunity to take the highly-touted youngster with their first overall pick. Orlando has just added another stud to their already promising core of young up-and-comers. It now goes without saying that the future is bright for the Magic.