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.
Scores 21 points Saturday
CPhoenix Suns
November 18, 2018
Ayton poured in 21 points (10-19 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, one assist, and one block in 35 minutes during Saturday's 110-100 loss to Oklahoma City.
ANALYSIS
Ayton attempted a career-high 19 shots Saturday, finishing with 21 points to go with nine rebounds. He continues to put up nice numbers on a nightly basis and both he and Luka Doncic have separated from the pack a little when it comes to rookie of the year. Ayton's lack of defensive stats do limit his upside somewhat, however, he makes up for it with rebounding and scoring with ultra-high efficiency.
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Dominant down low in win
CPhoenix Suns
November 15, 2018
Ayton posted 17 points (8-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 10 rebounds, three assists and one steal across 30 minutes in the Suns' 116-96 win over the Spurs on Wednesday.
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Another double-double in loss to Pelicans
CPhoenix Suns
November 10, 2018
Ayton scored 20 points (9-12 FG, 2-2 FT) while adding 12 rebounds, an assist and a steal in 30 minutes during Saturday's 199-99 loss to the Pelicans.
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Has double-double Tuesday
CPhoenix Suns
November 7, 2018
Ayton totaled 15 points (6-17 FG, 3-3 FT), 13 rebounds, and three assists in 31 minutes during Tuesday's 104-82 loss to Brooklyn.
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Fills it up Sunday
CPhoenix Suns
November 4, 2018
Ayton had nine points (3-4 FG, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, six assists, three steals, and two blocks in 36 minutes during Sunday's 102-100 victory over Memphis.
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Hauls in 18 rebounds Friday
CPhoenix Suns
November 3, 2018
Ayton finished with 17 points (7-10 FG, 3-6 FT), 18 rebounds, two assists, and two blocks in 35 minutes during Friday's 107-98 loss to the Raptors.
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