Deandre Ayton discussion

AZ Native

Living is Easy with Eyes Closed
Supporting Member
Joined
Apr 30, 2007
Posts
12,717
Reaction score
3,550
Location
Cave Creek
Ayton knows how to seize the moment. This at the Phoenix airport after the sweep of Denver earlier in the evening. He is a little boy in a man's body.

xc_hide_links_from_guests_guests_error_hide_media
 

JCSunsfan

Registered User
Joined
Oct 24, 2002
Posts
19,518
Reaction score
4,161
Steve Smith (not Stephen A) said that Ayton will be more useful than Gobert because he is a more versatile defender and he is an offensive threat.

Let that sink in a moments. Gobert is an all-nba player.
 

95pro

Registered
Joined
May 10, 2007
Posts
7,905
Reaction score
976
This is a must read article by Deandre Ayton. It is awesome!!!

Here is a snippet from the article titled "We Dem Boyz" from The Players Tribune by Deandre Ayton:


"And speaking of success — that’s just what we expect now.

It’s just who we are. If we win a game, OK, great. But then it’s head down. It’s on to the next. If we win a series, OK, let’s take a few hours. Let’s enjoy this plane ride home. Let’s play some cards. Let’s nap these naps. Let’s talk our sh*t. Matter of fact, let’s have Jevon talk as loud as possible the entire flight. Let’s have him talk so loud you can hear him from the back of the plane, and probably even the next plane over. But then after that?? It’s head down. It’s on to the next.

This group, man — we’re not satisfied by a few wins in a row. We’re not satisfied by making the conference finals. We don’t feel like we’re on some “magical run,” you know what I mean?? Nothing magic. No run.

It’s just grinding, and competing, and performing to our potential.

It’s just being where we’re expecting to be."


https://www.theplayerstribune.com/posts/deandre-ayton-phoenix-suns-basketball-nba


That was pretty good to read.
 

Krangthebrain

Captain of Team Murray
Joined
Jul 21, 2002
Posts
22,729
Reaction score
9,361
Location
NoHo, CA
you have to at this point and I won’t quibble. This Ayton (especially with CP3) gives us a BIG THREE no one else has with inside and outside game.

What I find crazy is how he went from an empty stat guy, to now being a guy that the stats don't tell the how story.

Ayton is easily the best true center the Suns have had. AND he still is getting better.
 

JCSunsfan

Registered User
Joined
Oct 24, 2002
Posts
19,518
Reaction score
4,161
DA will never be a number 1 option. But in today’s nba having a center as your number one option is not a championship winning scenario. You need a great versatile center in your core though.
 

Larry Schweikart

Free Agent
Joined
Jun 4, 2021
Posts
49
Reaction score
76
Location
Chandler
xc_hide_links_from_guests_guests_error_hide_media
Yesterday, Ayton had a very solid game: rebounds, good D, great picks, phenomenal screen & rolls and exceptional mobility.

I watched Embiid and Jucoc, who both outscored him, and who are much bitter, more formidable. But I get the sense that with those guys it's
them . . . and the team. They are the first option, then we'll do the "system." The sense I get with Ayton is he is fully within the flow of the team. Gets points, great.
Doesn't get points but set screens & Booker gets 40 great.

The most important change I saw yesterday with Ayton was that he dunked all of his close shots. No layups, no mini-hooks. That's soft play.
And, if you notice, as a team, the Suns missed very few layups yesterday.
 

Bufalay

Registered User
Joined
Jul 21, 2006
Posts
4,197
Reaction score
312
Should we revise our center rankings? Other than Embiid and Jokic, who is better than Ayton now?

Even ignoring his potential for growth, I can't think of any center that would improve the Suns' chances of winning the championship this year.
 

Covert Rain

Father smelt of elderberries!
Supporting Member
Joined
Jan 27, 2005
Posts
24,819
Reaction score
4,314
Location
Arizona
Should we revise our center rankings? Other than Embiid and Jokic, who is better than Ayton now?

Even ignoring his potential for growth, I can't think of any center that would improve the Suns' chances of winning the championship this year.

I have been making this argument all season long. I kept posting his numbers that proved where he ranked but everybody kept focusing on his negatives. THEY WERE LEGIT criticism for sure. Especially, on the mental side of things. His numbers could have been more consistent but he was showing it. I have had Ayton as one of the best all season long and his performance in the playoffs only proves it further.

The one aspect of his game that needs some major work is outside the rim. If he could develop that little jumper more consistently? He would be unstoppable.
 

Chris_Sanders

Super Moderator
Super Moderator
Moderator
Supporting Member
Joined
Sep 14, 2002
Posts
29,128
Reaction score
10,402
Location
Scottsdale, Az
Should we revise our center rankings? Other than Embiid and Jokic, who is better than Ayton now?

Even ignoring his potential for growth, I can't think of any center that would improve the Suns' chances of winning the championship this year.

I would still put Gobert 3rd but Ayton is passing him from 4th.
 

Covert Rain

Father smelt of elderberries!
Supporting Member
Joined
Jan 27, 2005
Posts
24,819
Reaction score
4,314
Location
Arizona
I would still put Gobert 3rd but Ayton is passing him from 4th.

Gobert has been a more consistent rebounder in the playoffs and is one of my favorites in the league. What the clips did running him off the court wasn't entirely his fault.
 
Top