Deandre Ayton
Deandre Ayton
21-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.
Done for season
CPhoenix Suns
Ankle
April 8, 2019
Ayton (ankle) has been ruled out for the Suns' regular season finale against the Mavs on Tuesday, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
ANALYSIS
Ayton did not make the trip to Dallas with the team, and he'll miss a fifth straight game with a sprained left ankle to end the year. The No. 1 overall pick will finish his debut season with averages of 16.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.9 blocks in 71 games.
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Out Sunday
CPhoenix Suns
Ankle
April 6, 2019
Ayton (ankle) is out for Sunday's game against the Rockets, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
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Out Friday
CPhoenix Suns
Ankle
April 4, 2019
Ayton (ankle) is out Friday against the Pelicans, Gina Mizell of The Athletic reports.
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Out Wednesday
CPhoenix Suns
Ankle
April 2, 2019
Ayton (ankle) won't play Wednesday against Utah, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
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Ruled out Monday
CPhoenix Suns
Ankle
March 31, 2019
Ayton (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Cavaliers, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
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Exits Saturday's game
CPhoenix Suns
Ankle
March 30, 2019
Ayton was ruled out for the remainder of Saturday's game against the Grizzlies with a left ankle sprain, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
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