Deandre Ayton is a beast on offense. He has carried Arizona throughout the season up until being knocked out by Buffalo in the first round of the NCAA tournament. His great season has been overshadowed by controversy because of an ESPN story claiming that his coach Sean Miller authorized a payment to him on the phone to an agent. Don’t let this distract you, this man is the real deal.
It is always smart to tread lightly when making predictions about players transitions to the NBA from college basketball. Ayton has averaged 20.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Compare that to Demarcus Cousins who averaged 15.1 points 9.8 rebounds and 1 assist in Kentucky, it paints a picture of just how good Ayton is. The question isn’t necessarily his motor as much as is his defensive output. He is averaging 1.9 blocks per game which isn’t terrible. It’s his positioning and drive to stop defenders in their track that is missing. Obviously in college people are afraid to back him down so it’s almost an empty stat because we don’t know what he will bring when being backed down by the likes of Joel Embiid, Boogie Cousins, KAT, and Anthony Davis, but his tendency to guard the perimeter is a scary thought considering his stature.
After this there are many questions about whether he will be good in the NBA. Are you fucking serious? Look at the man. I would bet a large sum of money he will win ROY and probably be an All-Star a bunch of times. The question is will he catapult a team to NBA dominance? I say no, without a great defensive game, if he joins a team like the Kings or the Suns, he may just be a stat sheet stuffer with no hardware to show for it, but atleast it will be fun to watch.