Paolo Banchero NBA Draft timeline: Magic blow up mock drafts by selecting Duke star

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It didn't take long for the 2022 NBA Draft to deliver its first shocking moment.

The Magic kicked off Thursday night's event by selecting Duke's Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 overall pick, blowing up several mock drafts that predicted Auburn's Jabari Smith Jr. and Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren would be the first two players off the board. Smith was the No. 1 pick in mock drafts for The Sporting News, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The Athletic, Bleacher Report and The Ringer.

Banchero didn't even have an official visit or go through a workout with the Magic during the pre-draft process, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania, only adding to the surprising nature of the pick.

How quickly did Banchero's standing shift? Let's take a look back at the reporting from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the NBA's leading insider.

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Paolo Banchero NBA Draft timeline

8:41 a.m. ET — Wojnarowski reports that the order of the first three picks — Smith, Holmgren and Banchero — is growing "increasingly firm."

7:40 p.m. ET — Wait, what? Banchero is suddenly in the mix?

7:55 p.m. ET — Banchero is suddenly "looming as the frontrunner" to be the top pick.

8:09 p.m. ET — Oh, so this is really happening.

8:15 p.m. ET — The Magic make it official.

"I can't believe what just happened, honestly," Banchero told ESPN's Monica McNutt. "I never would've thought that this would happen. ... I didn't know I would be here, man."

You're not alone, Paolo.

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Jordan Greer is a digital content producer at The Sporting News