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How a 5-20 slump helped turn the Magic into one the NBA’s most surprising teams

Summarize this content to 500 words Tim Bontemps, ESPNDec 6, 2023, 08:00 AM ETPaolo Banchero quickly learned how harsh life in the NBA can be.The 2022 draft’s No. 1 pick, Banchero immediately produced on an individual basis, putting up points in bunches and setting himself on a path that eventually led to him to the league’s Rookie of the Year award.As a team, though, the Magic struggled. They lost their first five games, then had a nine-game losing streak that left them with the NBA’s worst record — 5-20 — on this day one year ago.”The losses we took early kind of killed the rest of our season,” Banchero told ESPN.Orlando finished 34-48 thanks to a 29-28 record over the final two-thirds of last season. But that vast improvement was overshadowed by the dreadful start and left the Magic with the league’s sixth-worst record at season’s end.The combination of Orlando’s youth, and where the Magic finished, left them off…

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