Deandre Ayton discussion

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Discussing Deandre Ayton as a player seems to be a common topic throughout many threads.

I thought maybe having a thread to discuss his progress and expectations might help where everyone can add their thoughts.

In the linked article below, James Jones is interviewed on the Burns and Gambo show at Arizona Sports.

In the podcast at about the 3:50 mark Jones evaluates the play of Ayton. He describes his play as "uneven"

He indicates what he needs to improve is repetition and coaching.

From Arizona Sports:


“It’s reps. It’s just reps, and coaching,” Jones said. “More reps practicing, working in that area, working in that box, as we call it. Just harping on it. Like everything we do: You have to drill it, you have to talk about how we play, how we wanna play, how we need to play to win games.

“And for us to go to the next level, we need him to continue to grow in that area. So there’s no magic pill, there’s no magic button you press. It just comes with hard coaching and repetition.”


https://arizonasports.com/story/2506488/suns-gm-deandre-aytons-play-has-been-uneven-to-start-season/
 

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Great, a place for deliberAyton was wrong with Deandre.

At least its not another interview with his bloviAyton. Hearing from Monty and James Jones about his problems is somewhat encouraging since they notice them also.
 

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Great, a place for deliberAyton was wrong with Deandre.

At least its not another interview with his bloviAyton. Hearing from Monty and James Jones about his problems is somewhat encouraging since they notice them also.
How could they not?
 

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Here are some highlights from the 2019-20 season before the Orlando bubble and during the bubble.

Only an observation, but Ayton appears more active pre-bubble than during the bubble which lends itself to the coaching and repetition argument.

Maybe as the season progresses, Ayton will be fine as he learns the flow of the offense.

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So we got rid of Len, but he looks better now after more time in the NBA. We got rid of Robin Lopez who looks like a much better player after more time in the NBA. It just seems like Centers do take more time to develop.
 

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So we got rid of Len, but he looks better now after more time in the NBA. We got rid of Robin Lopez who looks like a much better player after more time in the NBA. It just seems like Centers do take more time to develop.

It does seem to take big men longer to develop but I don't lose much sleep over parting with Alex Len and Robin Lopez.
 

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So we got rid of Len, but he looks better now after more time in the NBA. We got rid of Robin Lopez who looks like a much better player after more time in the NBA. It just seems like Centers do take more time to develop.

neither one of those guys are anything to write home about.
 

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Soft. I don't really see a good future for Ayton with the Suns and I'd try to move him for a bigger piece sooner than later.
 

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So we got rid of Len, but he looks better now after more time in the NBA. We got rid of Robin Lopez who looks like a much better player after more time in the NBA. It just seems like Centers do take more time to develop.
There is another factor. The Suns have historically been one of the
worst teams in the league in developing big men (for a long time).

Example? Ayton is not showing power in the post on offense, so
what do they do? Encourage him to take 3-point shots after
setting picks. And watch him do finger rolls rather than jams.

Big men might take more time to develop, but you must see
steady progress. And ours haven't shown it until they leave
the Suns. And find out where their skill sets level off.

With very few exceptions, the Suns have always been a
Guard and Wing oriented team. Just as they are now.
 

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Heck of a game for him today. Went hard to the hoop, rebounded very well, and altered a few shots. I believe he finished with 18 and 14.

Hopefully he can keep this up.
 

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Heck of a game for him today. Went hard to the hoop, rebounded very well, and altered a few shots. I believe he finished with 18 and 14.

Hopefully he can keep this up.
18 & 16 actually. Played the most aggressive I can remember in second half. Makes me wonder what lit the fire and if they can bottle it.
 
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