DeAndre Ayton

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  • Luka Doncic
    PG, 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

  • Luka Doncic
    G/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

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, 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

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, 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.

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, 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

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Rockets with Richaun Holmes (left ankle sprain) uncertain.

    With only one game left after Sunday's it's unlikely Ayton takes the court for that one either. With Ayton and Holmes both out last game, Ray Spalding picked up the start and had the best game of his career with 21 points, 13 rebounds, three steals and three blocks while Dragan Bener also double-doubled with 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and a career-best seven blocks. Both are in play for Sunday's game, especially if Holmes is held out again.

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Deandre Ayton (sprained ankle) will sit out again in Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    With the Suns not having anything to play for, they are being extra cautious with their "known" quantities and have turned to the reigns over to some lesser known quantities. Richaun Holmes (ankle) is probable to play. If he does, he is expected to carry the load in Ayton's absence. Dragan Bender also has some appeal from a fantasy perspective but has been very inconsistent in his career thus far.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Coach Igor Kokoskov said Wednesday that Deandre Ayton hasn't been shutdown yet and is listed as day-to-day.

    It's difficult to see when Ayton returns based off of this, as Kokoskov also threw in that he won't be rushed back. With the remaining games dwindling, fantasy owners may have to move on. Richaun Holmes will continue to play big minutes in absence.

    Source: Duane Rankin on Twitter

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    The Suns are ruling Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) as out against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Look for Richaun Holmes, top-100 9-cat value the last week, and Dragan Bender, top-55 9-cat value the last week, to be the biggest beneficiaries from Ayton's absence. Going up against Rudy Gobert is never a fun time, but both Holmes and Bender are worth a look as cheap DFS plays with the minutes coming and ability to contribute defensive stats. If your league goes all the way until the final whistle, both make for nice end of the bench adds while Ayton's availability becomes clearer.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) has been ruled out for Monday's game.

    Ayton left Saturday's game without returning. He also dealt with a sprained ankle earlier in the season that caused him to miss six games. Hopefully this doesn't become a recurring problem for the talented young big man.

    Source: Kellan Olson on Twitter

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) will not return to Saturday's game against the Grizzlies.

    This is a quick diagnosis, as Ayton had just been taken to the locker room a couple minutes ago. We'd imagine that he'll miss some time since the Suns have no need to push him through any injury, and he's looking like a potential drop if your league continues all the way to the end of the season. Ayton missed six games earlier in the season because of a sprained left ankle, so hopefully this doesn't become a recurring issue for the talented rookie moving forward. He finishes tonight with 17 points, 13 rebounds and a block in 27 minutes.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Deandre Ayton needed help to get to the locker room in the third quarter of Saturday's game because of an apparent ankle injury.

    Ayton came up limping after a layup and attempted to play through it, but ultimately requested a timeout from the bench to get out of the game. Hopefully the rookie isn't dealing with anything serious, though he did miss time with an ankle injury earlier in the year. This is Phoenix's last game this week so Ayton can be dropped if you're still alive in the playoffs, and the fact that the Suns have nothing to play for means that Ayton is a risky hold if your league plays into next week. We'll keep you updated.

    Source: Gina Mizell on Twitter

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Deandre Ayton double-doubled in a loss to the Wizards on Wednesday as he put up 14 points and 10 rebounds on 6-of-13 shooting.

    Ayton continues to impress during his rookie year, but consistency and defense must improve for him to take the next step. Richaun Holmes put up seven points with four rebounds and was playing down the stretch before fouling out in the final minute. Holmes fouled out on a Thomas Bryant and-one that won the Wizards the game.