Gen Z is coming for the NBA. Paolo Banchero is ready to lead the movement.

Paolo Banchero dealt with the disappointment of the Orlando Magic's first-round playoff exit by immediately returning to work.   

There was plenty for the all-star forward to be disappointed about, including a narrow loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 5 and a second-half collapse in Game 7, but within a few days, his attention had shifted to the opportunity in front of him  

As the 21-year-old Banchero began putting together his offseason workout schedule last week, he noticed the NBA's rapidly changing landscape. Anthony Edwards, the Minnesota Timberwolves' 22-year-old guard, faced off against the defending champion Denver Nuggets  

hai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luka Doncic, both 25 years old, were competing in the Western Conference semifinals, while Jayson Tatum, 26, and Tyrese Haliburton, 24, were vying for the Eastern Conference title.  

Meanwhile, after dominating the conversation and leading championship teams for over a decade, the league's most prominent elder millennials — LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Stephen Curry — were all on summer vacation.  

Younger millennials like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, and Anthony Davis had also been sent packing.   

The NBA’s power balance had finally shifted to Generation Z, the label given to people.  

 The NBA’s power balance had finally shifted to Generation Z, the label given to people born between 1997 and 2012.


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