I’m sorry, isn’t an accurate statement.
I agree that preferred trading bridges to Ayton as Ayton is more difficult to replace. But he does not equal or exceed the production of top tier big men “more often than not.”
He routinely gets beaten by embiid
He routinely gets beaten by giannis
He has early success against jokic, but gets beat pretty soundly by him now.
Capella tends to outplay him abd I don’t consider capella “top tier.”
I believe he holds his own against KAT
I’m guessing Bam is a wash, but that one doesn’t stand out to me.
He is better/wash with sabonis, but sabonis is a tier below most of the “top tier.”
He’s better than Gobert, but I don’t consider him a too big anymore. And porzingas is just a giant wing.
Allen, woods, and Vucevic are good, but far from “top tier.”
And then we have to determine how we define “big.” If it includes Davis when healthy, no. Zion when healthy, no.
It’s okay to say Ayton is important to this team and admit he’s not on the level of the top bigs in the league.