Neil Rochlani and Dan Besbris usually talk betting on Tuesdays, but it's post-mortem season, and today it's time for the Phoenix Suns!
October 15, 2019, 12:31 amFrank KaminskyPF, Phoenix Suns
Frank Kaminsky led the Suns in scoring with 22 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with two triples, six boards, three assists and a block in Monday's 102-107 loss to the Nuggets.
Kaminsky won't beat out Deandre Ayton (14 points, four rebounds, one assist and a block) but if the Suns are willing to play him at power forward, he might be a fringe standard-league guy.
October 12, 2019, 4:55 pmDevin BookerSG, Phoenix Suns
Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton and Ricky Rubio will miss Saturday's preseason game versus the Blazers due to rest.
The Suns will take a strong look at their reserve unit and will give ample opportunity to players on the bubble of making the roster. A starting lineup should be announced shortly.
Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter
October 11, 2019, 11:15 amDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
The Suns have picked up the third-year options of Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges.
Two no brainer decisions here for two of last year's top 10 picks. Ayton's rookie season was an under the radar success and it's now being reflected in where he is getting picked in fantasy hoops. He's currently a late 2nd round pick and his stock could even rise higher than that. Bridges also had an unheralded rookie campaign as a prototypical 3-and-D wing, who boasts similar upside as Ayton heading into year two.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
October 11, 2019, 12:32 amDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton played on Thursday and scored 10 points on 5-of-8 shooting with three rebounds and two assists.
Ayton had a productive rookie season which wasn't talked about as much due to the electrifying play of several other players in his class, but he'll have all the chances in the world to increase his averages of 16.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and .585 shooting.
October 10, 2019, 9:31 pmAron BaynesC, Phoenix Suns
Aron Baynes (nasal fracture) will play on Thursday night against the Kings.
Baynes will be ready to roll for this contest, but he's not ready to roll in most fantasy leagues. Unless Deandre Ayton breaks a leg or gets lost in the desert, I think we're safe to ignore Baynes.
Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter
October 9, 2019, 1:10 amDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton double-doubled in 21 minutes in a win over the Wolves on Tuesday, putting up 18 points (9-of-14 FGs), 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Ayton looks ready to start his sophomore season off with a bang, which would certainly justify his top-25 ADP. Plus, Ricky Rubio could help him reach the next level. Draft Ayton starting in the late second round with confidence.
September 25, 2019, 11:50 amDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton has the talent and athleticism to play in the post and to be a force on the offensive glass, but his skill set includes a jump shot that can naturally extend beyond the 3-point line and he plans to unleash it this season.
Ayton attempted just four triples last season, but missed them all. Still, he was often seen taking a few shots from behind the arc after practice during media availability and it was something he wanted to add to his game during the offseason. The Suns were last in 3-point shooting last season at 32.9 percent but they added Ricky Rubio, Dario Saric, Aron Baynes and Frank Kaminsky, all of them capable of stretching the floor. Phoenix hardly played Ayton and Richaun Holmes at the same time under Igor Kokoskov last year, but Monty Williams might see it differently with Baynes playing on the outside and Ayton working in the paint. Keep an eye on the preseason as Ayton will be looking to take some shots from behind the arc.
Source: Arizona Republic
September 18, 2019, 9:18 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Suns General Manager James Jones said in a recent interview that Deandre Ayton is capable of playing PF if needed.
One could chalk this up to either Ayton continuing his development in becoming a more dynamic offensive player, or the Suns covering up for the lack of depth on their roster at PF. In reality it's likley a mix of both, and is a positive for Ayton's value heading into this season. If he does end up spending meaningful time at the four, it would not bode well for the value of Dario Saric, who is already barely going at the end of drafts in 9-cat leagues.
June 24, 2019, 9:30 pmLuka DoncicPG, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic won the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award, beating finalists Trae Young and Deandre Ayton.
Ayton had the best fantasy season and Young had an amazing second half. However, Luka was a team leader, primary ball-handler and clutch shot-maker all season. His per-game averages of 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.3 threes exceed most expectations. If he can bump up his percentages, he could be an early-round fantasy star for over a decade.
Source: NBA on TNT
May 17, 2019, 9:05 pmLuka DoncicG/F, Dallas Mavericks
Luka Doncic, Trae Young and Deandre Ayton have been selected as the finalists for this year’s NBA Rookie of the Year.
Doncic was the presumptive winner for most of the season and while Young made huge strides at the end of the year, this award is still Doncic’s to lose.
Source: Ira Winderman on Twitter
April 18, 2019, 1:16 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
When asked what he'll be focusing on this offseason, Deandre Ayton mentiong ball-handling and 3-point shooting.
Ayton didn't mention his defense, which might be something that the Suns should encourage. Regardless, Ayton looks like he's trying to grow into a true modern big man who can push the ball in transition and stretch the floor a bit. He's a decent mid-range shooter and hits his free throws at a good clip so working on an outside shot shouldn't be a monumental stretch or anything. He was already a third-round player in his rookie season, and if he can add some assists and threes to his game without sacrificing efficiency then we could see another jump in year two.
Source: The Athletic
April 9, 2019, 11:13 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton's successful rookie season ended on the sidelines on Tuesday with a left ankle sprain.
Ayton wasn't able to finish off his season due to a sprained ankle which cost him 11 games, but he had impressive rookie season. We pegged him as a guy who would take advantage of a friendly situation on the offensive end and he took care of business there, averaging 16.3 points on .585 shooting. He also hauled 10.3 rebounds and was able to deliver some defensive stats with 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. His improvements on defense in the latter half of the season were noticeable and he finishes the year a top-35-40 value in 9/8 cat leagues. There's definitely room for improvement and although he's not as flashy as his fellow rookies, Ayton has already shaped up into a borderline elite fantasy asset.
April 8, 2019, 1:45 pmDeandre AytonC, Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) has been ruled out on Tuesday vs. the Mavericks.
Ayton has missed his last four games and it makes no sense for Phoenix to bring him back for the last game of the regular season. This year's number one overall pick will finish the season averaging 16.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.9 blocks on 58.5 percent shooting in 30.7 minutes. Although he likely won't be this season's Rookie of the Year, he was the highest ranked rookie in fantasy this season finishing as the 34th-ranked player in standard leagues.
Source: Gerald Bourguet on Twitter
The Suns have pieces, but can they ever get on the right track?