DeAndre Ayton is in his third season and has played up to his potential when he was drafted number one overall. Not only he has been putting up double-doubles, he has been dominating in the paint on both ends. In addition, he’s been playing physical in the inside and pushing players around.
He is is averaging 19.8 points and 13.5 rebounds on 80.9 percent shooting in just under 40 minutes per game. Phoenix Suns coach Monty Williams said Ayton’s play has been “huge”. “I think his focus during the playoffs has been something that doesn’t surprise me — I just didn’t expect him, as young as he is, to be locked in,” Williams said.”
What’s really great about Ayton this is his first playoff experience along with a majority of the team. Give thanks with the guidance of Chris Paul’s leadership who has help DA come a long way.
Ayton delivered in a crucial game four this past Sunday with 14 points and 17 rebounds to help Phoenix win. He has been looking like a vintage of Hakeem Olajuwon.
Even coach Williams stated that “DA has really bought into embracing the whole experience, from exercise, drills to just focusing on the game plan,” Williams added. “He’s watching a ton of film on his own, so I just think he’s embracing the experience. To be as young as he is and his first time going through it, I did not expect him to be where he is right now as far as his focus and attention to detail and the level of force that he’s playing with.”
The Suns will need more production from Ayton in the rest of the series. I look for him to continue with his aggressive style of play. If he can continue with his performance look for the Suns to win this series. Look for DA to emerge into one of the best centers in the next few seasons.