Deandre Ayton
Deandre Ayton
20-Year-Old CenterC
Phoenix Suns
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 1/22/2019
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.
Out Sunday
CPhoenix Suns
January 20, 2019
Ayton (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's contest against Minnesota, Kyle Ratke of the Timberwolves' official site reports.
Ayton reportedly injured his left ankle during the first half of Saturday's game when he tried avoiding teammate T.J. Warren and as a result, will need at least one game to recover. With both Ayton and teammate Richaun Holmes deemed inactive Sunday, Dragan Bender may receive a spot-start and ultimately see more minutes.
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Exits with sprained ankle
CPhoenix Suns
January 19, 2019
Ayton left Saturday's game against the Hornets due to a sprained left ankle, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Puts up well-rounded line
CPhoenix Suns
January 18, 2019
Ayton tallied 15 points (6-8 FG, 3-4 FT), 17 rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks across 35 minutes Thursday in the Suns' 111-109 loss to the Raptors.
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Flirts with double-double Tuesday
CPhoenix Suns
January 15, 2019
Ayton tallied 14 points (7-16 FG, 0-2 FT), eight rebounds, one steal and one block across 29 minutes in Tuesday's 131-97 loss to the Pacers.
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Bounces back Saturday
CPhoenix Suns
January 13, 2019
Ayton finished with 22 points (9-18 FG, 4-6 FT), 13 rebounds, and three blocks in 30 minutes during Saturday's 102-93 victory over the Nuggets.
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Keeps rolling in Sunday's loss
CPhoenix Suns
January 7, 2019
Ayton generated 19 points (7-12 FG, 5-5 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 31 minutes in the Suns' 119-113 loss to the Hornets on Sunday.
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