The number one draft pick played just two games in the Summer League before the team decided he would not play any more.
The move blindsided more than a few fans, who expected to see a lot more of Banchero before Summer League is over.
Lots of teams do exactly this. Every single Summer League.
Summer League for top-end players isn't about getting experience after you've shown enough.
Banchero isn't going to get anything more out of playing another couple SL games than he will from private workouts and games. https://t.co/oB127LUnEl
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) July 11, 2022
Some people think the move is bone-headed and feel that Banchero should get plenty more experience on the floor before hanging it up.
But Keith Smith puts it all in perspective, saying it’s not a big deal and is actually a smart move.
“Lots of team do exactly this,” Smith said.
He added: “Summer League for top-end players isn’t about getting experience after you’ve shown enough. Banchero isn’t going to get anything more out of playing another couple SL games than he will from private workouts and games.”
Smith has a point: the Summer League isn’t supposed to be a time for flashy, new, exciting players.
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Banchero is going to get plenty of time on the court when the regular season starts in a few months.
That is the exact reason why he should only play briefly in the Summer League.
The Summer League has been billed as something splashy and fun, a way to see all the new players entering the NBA.
It can be that but generally it’s supposed to be a place for teams to tweak lineups, try new coaching moves, and try out players who you haven’t really heard of yet.
You might see a future superstar but you’ll only see them briefly.
Banchero made his appearance and now it’s time for him to focus on what comes next.