Deandre Ayton is a bad, bad man. He is a big bully to most people he faces up with. Ayton is 7’0, 260 lbs and has a 7’5 wing span. With athleticism that are off the charts with his 46′ vertical and he’s a very intelligent basketball player. The Bahamas native is as sure thing to be a star in the NBA, barring any sort of injury. To think he is only a teenager is hard to comprehend. One more thing, Deandre Ayton has only been playing basketball for about 6 years, he will only get better.
Nobody has the competitiveness like me, you know what I’m saying?…. I think I’m different from everybody else. That’s about it. Play hard, I play hard everyday. Got a country on my back that I’m representing. -Deandre Ayton on going number 1
Sitting at the top of the draft board is Luca Doncic, Marvin Bagley III, and Deandre Ayton. It all depends on which team has the top pick though and what that team’s needs are. If a team needs a guard, Doncic is the likely pick being a 6’8 guard from Slovenia. He is averaging 15 points 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game for Real Madrid. Doncic is more of a project because like most Euro players, it takes time to adjust to the size and strength of the NBA players as well as the speed of the NBA game. Marvin Bagley, was once on the same team as Ayton, and is the other ‘big’ receiving top pick consideration. He is the 3rd wheel in this relationship. Bagley had an outstanding freshman season at Duke averaging 21 points per game and 11 rebounds. Plus, Bagley played against the best competition in college. The ACC is arguably the toughest conference in the country. It doesn’t hurt that he played for Coach K, who has put a player or two into the league.
Here’s why Deandre trolls both of them. In one season at UofA he walked away with every major award. Ayton was on the first team All-Pac 12, first team All-American, Pac 12 Player of the Year, Pac 12 Freshman of the year, Karl Malone Award Winner Naismith finalist, and a Wooden Award finalist. That is a TON of hardware for one player to take home in a season. Obviously, these awards doesn’t mean or prove that he is better by any means. He’s better because the man has no holes in his game. He is 7 feet tall and can move his feet like a guard. Ayton grew up playing soccer so he is extremely quick on his feet. He has a 46′ vertical leap causing him to be an absolute nightmare down low, he has such a quick spring in his step. There are very few people who can cover him. He is automatic from mid range and can step out and hit 3’s so the bigger players can’t defend him away from the basket. Whichever team holds the top pick will get a franchise player.
The thing that’s striking about DeAndre as a player is he’s really smart. He has knowhow of playing with four other players that not a lot of big guys have. He can pass, he can step away from the basket, he can dribble the ball, he’s a skilled player. – Sean Miller, Coach of UofA
Another big attribute that Deandre has is that is his outstanding character and he’s coachable. As you can see, Sean Miller gushes over Deandre Ayton and calls him a “once in a generation type of player.” As a Suns and UofA fan, if the Suns get the top pick and botch this, I am done with them. Deandre Ayton is going to be the next great big man in the NBA.