Deandre Ayton
Deandre Ayton
20-Year-Old CenterC
Phoenix Suns
2018 Fantasy Outlook
In his lone season at Arizona, Ayton was clearly one of the most dominant big men in the country, averaging a double-double of 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds. The 7-foot-1, 250-pounder added 1.9 blocks, consistently scaring off opposing players from attempting to get to the rim when he was in the game. Despite his size, Ayton has the athleticism and ability to run the floor in transition successfully, which should translate over well to a Suns team that played at the third-quickest pace in the NBA last season. He also has a solid jumper and showed he can knock down a three-pointer when necessary after posting a 34.3 percent clip from deep. All of those skills earned Ayton the No. 1 overall selection in the 2018 NBA Draft and he joins a Suns team that should give him every opportunity to excel right away. Concerns about his effort and motor do exist, but if Ayton does end up getting featured alongside superstar Devin Booker offensively, there's a chance he becomes a legitimate option for Fantasy owners to select in the middle rounds of most drafts. Ayton does occasionally rely on having strong facilitators that can set him up, so guys like Booker and potentially Brandon Knight could have a key part in making sure Ayton hits his upside, especially in pick-and-roll situations. While Ayton could struggle early on as a rookie transitioning to the NBA, he does have 20/10 potential on any given night if the Suns do feature him as expected. It's worth it to note that Ayton dominated summer league, averaging 14.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $17.73 million contract with the Suns in July of 2018.
Dominated inside in loss
CPhoenix Suns
October 20, 2018
Ayton recorded five points (2-7 FG, 1-2 FT), eight rebounds and an assist across 22 minutes in Saturday's 119-91 loss to the Nuggets.
ANALYSIS
It was doubtful that any player could contend with Nikola Jokic's historic night, where he became the second player in history to record a 30 -plus point triple-double without missing a field goal. Ayton was no different, as the rookie will likely need more seasoning before he can match that kind of firepower. No one on the Suns had an answer for the Nuggets, and the team desperately needs Ayton to come alive if they have any hope of relevancy in the West. Ayton and the Suns face an equally difficult challenge against the Warriors on Tuesday.
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Cleared to play
CPhoenix Suns
October 20, 2018
Ayton (ankle) will play Saturday against the Nuggets, Christian Clark of BSNDenver.com reports.
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Upgraded to probable
CPhoenix Suns
Ankle
October 20, 2018
Ayton (ankle) was upgraded to probable for Saturday's game against the Nuggets after going through morning shootaround, Evan Sidery of The Bright Side and LockedOnSuns reports.
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Goes through shootaround
CPhoenix Suns
Ankle
October 20, 2018
Ayton (ankle) participated in parts of shootaround Saturday and remains questionable to play against the Nuggets, TJ McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
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Questionable for Saturday's contest
CPhoenix Suns
Ankle
October 19, 2018
Ayton is expected to play Saturday against Denver but he's listed as questionable due to a sprained ankle, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
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Double-doubles in regular-season debut
CPhoenix Suns
October 18, 2018
Ayton generated 18 points (8-11 FG, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block across 36 minutes in the Suns' 121-100 win over the Mavericks on Wednesday.
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