The Ayton Plan

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The 5 year deal would be $173 million. The 4 year deal would be $128 million. But as his contract goes up, so does everyone else's. The big differences show up on year 5.

And there may be a huge new television deal in 2024. Ayton's salary will likely look much smaller then.
 

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i'm a better judge of character than i am of assessing talent in young players.
i was skeptical that Cam Johnson and Bridges could become as good as others predicted
and skeptical when Eddie Johnson often speculated that Ayton would perfect his midrange shot and hook.

credit Ayton. his shot has really improved. but what's up with his rebounding slump?

my biggest concern when we drafted him was what i saw in his one march-madness game i watched.
he didn't have fire in his game. and indeed, his first 2 years elevated that concern.
but what changed last year? Chris Paul was added. what changed when his slump started? Chris Paul is out.

he credits Paul with motivating him with tough love. it seems Paul is a father figure to him. and with his floor leader not on the floor -- and without Booker, who's probably hard on him too -- and the #1 seed not likely in doubt...

Ayton needs motivation. thankfully, he was motivated in the playoffs and hopefully will be again. but with a max salary, we'll probably be getting 75 cents on the dollar during the regular season, and less when Paul retires.
 

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He's gonna get his money.
Might as well be from us.
He is a highly tradeable asset that would be coveted on a team that uses a center properly.
Lets let him finish going through puberty before we cast him off the cliff.
 

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As of game 63 Ayton is averaging 9.8 rebounds per game. Welcome to the amare bad rebounder zone Ayton.
 

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Ayton's rebounds per 100 possessions by season -

2018-19 - 15.9
2019-20 - 16.7
2020-21 - 17.0
2021-22 - 16.0
Career - 16.4
 

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Ayton's rebounding % by season -

2018-19 - 18.5
2019-20 - 19.6
2020-21 - 19.5
2021-22 - 17.7

When you look to see where the drop off really is, it's his offensive rebounding that's regressed. He's down to 2.4 a game, was 3.3 last season. His lowest prior to this season was his rookie season at 3.1 per game. His defensive rebounding has been consistent, each season. He's at 7.3 a game this year after 7.2 last year.
 

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Ayton's rebounding % by season -

2018-19 - 18.5
2019-20 - 19.6
2020-21 - 19.5
2021-22 - 17.7

When you look to see where the drop off really is, it's his offensive rebounding that's regressed. He's down to 2.4 a game, was 3.3 last season. His lowest prior to this season was his rookie season at 3.1 per game. His defensive rebounding has been consistent, each season. He's at 7.3 a game this year after 7.2 last year.
To put that into further context, second chance points have killed this team in our losses. Opposing points off of second chance points were ridiculous in a several of those games. So if Ayton is getting his defensive rebounds at a similar clip there are possibly other issues besides anything he is doing.
 

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That floater, along with that little hook are definitely improved weapons.
For sure. He just needs to take them more when Book and CP3 are actually playing. Granted, he also has to touch the ball more, especially in the 2nd half when for some reason the Suns tend to go away from him.
 
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