Bucket after bucket after bucket. This was what Orlando Magic rookie Paolo Banchero was up to in a recent pick-up game. This would not have been noteworthy news under any other circumstance, given how we all know how talented the No. 1 overall pick is. However, the reason why this video has completely blown up on social media is because of the fact that Banchero savagely cooked Utah Jazz superstar Donovan Mitchell.
Mitchell isn't exactly an All-Defense player, but his lack of proficiency on the defensive end was completely exposed by Banchero on this particular occasion (h/t NBA Memes on Twitter):
Paolo Banchero was cooking Donavan Mitchell 🤯 pic.twitter.com/gmJ2zeMazE
— NBA Memes (@NBAMemes) July 21, 2022
It also isn't as if Mitchell was taking it easy on Banchero on the defensive end. You can see how serious the Jazz star was in trying to stop the 19-year-old from scoring over him on multiple occasions. In all those instances — or at least in those that were seen in the edited video — Banchero proved unstoppable. The Magic rookie brought out his entire arsenal and it looked like Mitchell was the rookie here going up against a seasoned vet.
This isn't going to hurt Mitchell's trade value, though. He's still being chased by the likes of the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat, and this clip isn't going to change their mind about him. He's already proven that he's a bona fide superstar in the league — on the offensive end, at least. Whatever the case may be, though, there's also no denying that this isn't a very good look for Donovan Mitchell.