That means opportunities to learn for Ayton, and a lot of his issues are things that look solvable in the right situation and given enough time. On March 27, Ayton broke ' rookie record for most double-doubles recorded by a rookie in franchise history. The benefits of shooting, passing, and being able to stay in front of someone on the perimeter on the defensive end for more than a second without fear and then recover back to their man. This was put together by a poster on reddit - you can find the thread here:. Write Up There hasn't been a prospect with Ayton's combination of skill set and physical tools to come through the draft in a long time. I never saw him as a back to the basket big were you could dump the ball to him for 5 straight possessions to get a bucket.
Shaq in the 2002-2003 season was the last year a true 7 footer was in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding, and blocks. He has plenty of time for that. His mom is the stable backbone of his life. Credit Miller for running these plays for Ayton: He has the green light on threes and also gets a bevy of pick-and-pop opportunities. He had narrowed his choices between three schools: Arizona, Kansas and Kentucky.
Today's centers aren't matched up on the block as often because of the increased emphasis on the pick and roll, but we have already seen some really good mano y mano match-ups so far from these young centers. They had a template to following showing that they could to add anything to their skill package. Lost in the shadows of not cracking the All-Star reserve list due to win-loss records mattering more than individual numbers, the infamous streak of All-Star-less seasons is continuing for Phoenix. To find out more or to opt-out, please read our. The 2015 draft alone has provided 3 potential cornerstone players for their respective franchises and after going through this list, the center is a position that is all of a sudden on the rise and is primed to rule the final years of this decade and a considerable chunk of the 2020's.
In that game, Ayton would record 28 points, 18 rebounds, and 4 blocks in the overtime loss to Oregon. On December 30, 2017, against the in-state rival , he recorded 19 rebounds, which would be a season-high at the time. Perhaps this behavior is due to the fact that he's never really been challenged to play defense, but if he truly wants to be a great player he needs to turn up the intensity defensively. He racked up double-doubles in 21 of 22 regular season games. The foundation has been fortified for Phoenix to finally rise out from the proverbial ashes of irrelevancy led by these two young up-and-coming stars, but the on-court product will have to flip from 11-48 at the All-Star break to hovering right around.
Ayton is exactly what this Boston roster needs and he could grow with Tatum and Brown while learning under Al Horford, a perfect mentor. Ayton missed both, but it kept him engaged the whole night. You have to remember that Ayton will likely be headed to a bad team, one that is accumulating assets and trotting out a young team, and his ability to score efficiently within the flow of an offense and on his own will be immediately valuable to his team. Five days later, Ayton recorded a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds alongside 5 assists in a 123—103 loss to the. But once I saw him on our campus, I just knew he was going to be the No. Brad Stevens would be able to fully unlock Ayton's latent ability to protect the rim, and coming over to help as a weak-side shot blocker. At the end of the regular season, Ayton was named both the and , as well as become a member of the first team in terms of both regular voting and voting through the Associated Press and be named the winner of the.
Because of that offensive capability and his frame-backed potential, Ayton should be the firm at this point. Ayton is a true 7'1, weighs 260 pounds, has a long 7'6 wingspan and is only nineteen years old. On January 29, 2019, Ayton was named a member of the World Team for the in the. However, his defense has left a lot to be desired throughout the season. Greg Oden's lone year in college during the 2006-07 season gave old-school fans hope that we could see another true dominant 7 footer that could transform a franchise on both ends of the floor, and I can't blame them.
As a senior in 2016—17, Ayton led Hillcrest to a 33-6 record and national rankings across multiple outlets while averaging 26 points, 15 rebounds and 3. While I was slightly more floored by Kevin Durant at Texas, you could've made a legitimate case, at the time, that a team should take Oden over Durant. A person is not supposed to be that big and young and move around a basketball court like he does. We've have read about the legendary battles in the 60's between Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain which still spark debates of who is better to this day. With that brought more individual honors on top of yearly playoff appearances. If he fully hones the ability to pass out of double teams like in the video below.