By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
With the No. 1 overall pick, the Phoenix Suns drafted center Deandre Ayton on Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. This was the first time the Suns had the top pick in the draft.
This was no surprise as the Suns locked in on Ayton for quite some time. Yet, they officially made it known earlier on Thursday morning.
Devin Booker, the Suns star player and their best player, along with their starting shooting guard, said recently that when the team would select Ayton, it would be Shaq and Kobe 2.0. Only time would tell if they’re ever as great as those two Hall of Famers — Bryant will be a Hall of Famer in the near future, while O’Neal is already a Hall of Famer.
Also, before the draft, Ayton was also signing Suns jerseys.
The 19-year-old is 7-foot-1, 260 pounds. He is expected to be a center/power forward for the Suns.
He’s expected to be mentored by Tyson Chandler, 35, will be entering the final year of the four-year, $52 million he signed with the team. He is due to make nearly $14 million this season.
The Suns also have Alex Len and Alan Williams has backup big men.
While at the University of Arizona, he was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year. He was also their Pac-12 Freshman of the Year.
Ayton was a First-Team All-Pac 12 selection, as well as a consensus first-team All-American. He also received the Karl Malone Award this past season.
As a freshman with the Wildcats under head coach Sean Miller, he averaged 20.1 points, with 11.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.6 steals, and 1.9 blocks per game.
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