As the clock ticked down on the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic simply couldn’t resist the potential of Paolo Banchero.
Like a freshly-minted Moment, Banchero sparkled on stage while shaking NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s hand. Banchero’s sleek, purple suit was dotted with glittering rhinestones. His custom, diamond-encrusted chain – the one he anticipated being the “biggest in the Draft” – denoted his nickname “P5.”
Banchero walked the walk as the night’s first selection, and the day before his world changed, our team at Top Shot, and a handful of lucky collectors, got the chance to witness his confidence first-hand.
In another Access Unlocked experience, we sent Top Shot fans to New York City to soak in the festivities around the NBA Draft.
The winners – Bigtank22, ShelbyDallas, RudeDudeRudy, lilwoozyvert and Faldo – were selected at random based on Top Shot accomplishments. The requirements included purchasing NBA Top Shot Rookie Moments from the Marketplace and/or completing the “2022 NBA All-Rookie Team” Challenge.
The full prize details?
- Tickets in the NBA Top Shot Suite at the 2022 NBA Draft
- Entrance into the NBA Draft Pre-Game Reception at Barclays Center
- Two nights hotel accommodations with group dining experiences
All that, plus a Meet & Greet with none other than Mr. No. 1 Overall, Paolo Banchero. The day before the Draft, our winners played games of knockout and took group selfies with the Duke standout.
At Top Shot, we take pride in honoring and rewarding our dedicated collectors. This season, we sent over 850 fans to NBA Playoff games. In mid-July, we’ll be gathering with our community in Las Vegas for Summer League.
If you want in on all the Access Unlocked fun, but don’t know where to start, watch this NBA Top Shot 101 video and grab your Starter Pack today! The good times at Top Shot will continue to roll, and the exclusive events will hopefully be bigger and better.
From Banchero to Pick No. 60, the emotion on stage in Barclays Center resonated for hours. Although the prospects shared a life-altering night, our collectors enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime trip. They got to be front and center too, sharing a similar Draft-night backdrop as Banchero and his idols LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Jayson Tatum.
Banchero now joins former 1st-Round selections Jalen Suggs and Cole Anthony in Orlando. In the past year, Top Shot had the opportunity to go “Behind The Moments” with Suggs, and dive #BALLin Inside The Collection with Anthony.
We can’t wait to see Banchero join the Top Shot fraternity with a Moment of his own.