Deandre Ayton


Suns' Deandre Ayton: Near-double-double in Game 1 win

Ayton finished Sunday's Game 1 win over the Clippers with 20 points (10-14 FG), nine rebounds and two assists. The third-year big man has played his role nearly perfectly in the postseason, operating as a high-volume rebounder and ultra-efficient finisher at the rim for a Suns team that's now reeled off eight consecutive victories. Ayton's 10 made field goals were his most since Game 3 against the Lakers in Round 1, and he narrowly missed what would have been his fourth double-double in the last five games. If DFS managers have one complaint, however, it's likely Ayton's lack of defensive production (one block, two steals in his last seven games).
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Phoenix Suns: How Deandre Ayton Can Shine Offensively vs LA Clippers

After passing tests against the likes of Nikola Jokic, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis the first two rounds, Deandre Ayton will be in a whole new environment for the Phoenix Suns during his round three matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. The “other team” from LA presents an opportunity for DA to have his biggest offensive impact yet, if utilized in the right way.

Denver Nuggets MVP Nikola Jokic sends Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton an autographed jersey

It's certainly nice of Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic to send a gift to a player on the team that knocked him out of the 2021 NBA playoffs. Jokic won the MVP last week, but then got ejected for a flagrant foul in the third quarter of Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Phoenix Suns. The Suns would go on to sweep the series. Deandre Ayton, the Phoenix center, matched up against Jokic in the series.

Arizona Basketball: Deandre Ayton is officially vindicated

DENVER, CO - JUNE 11: Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets shoots past Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns in Game Three of the Western Conference second-round playoff series at Ball Arena on June 11, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
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Deandre Ayton and Suns on verge of Western Conference Finals

DENVER, CO – Following another dominant performance, Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns are just one win away from the Western Conference Finals. Chris Paul finished with 27 points, eight assists, and six rebounds, Devin Booker finished with 28 points and six rebounds, meanwhile, former Wildcat Deandre Ayton added with 10 points and 15 rebounds as the Phoenix Suns came away with the 116-102 game three victory.

Suns' Deandre Ayton: Puts up double-double in Game 3

Ayton finished Friday's Game 3 win over Denver with 10 points (4-8 FG, 2-2 FT) and 15 rebounds. Outside of Game 1 (20 points), Ayton hasn't been extremely involved on the offensive end, but he's managed to post a double-double in all three games. He has seven double-doubles in nine postseason games, overall, though in terms of fantasy production, he hasn't contributed much in other areas. In the Denver series, Ayton has only two assists, one steal and zero blocks in 99 minutes.