Photo: Christian Petersen (Getty) The lost-ass Mavericks lost to the sad suns of Phoenix last night, thanks for the most…
Photo: Christian Petersen (Getty)
The lost-ass Mavericks lost to the sad suns of Phoenix last night, thanks for the most part to a fourth-quarter explosion from Devin Booker. These two teams are likely to lead south once around the whole, so the only reason to set up would have been to check out the NBA debates by Luka Dončić and DeAndre Ayton, who should have been the first two picks in the NBA draft, but ah well
Dončić noted 10 points, eight boards and a very cool back-back help while Ayton went 18, 10 and six. Both Dudes started and played over 30 minutes, and it is clear that they belong to at least in the NBA. I’m sure Deadspin will blog about 500 Dončić passes this season, but last night, Ayton was the more impressive player.
Since all NBA players can shoot for three years now, including big lunks like Andre Drummond even seven photo photographers like Ayton, are expected to spread the floor at least a little. Ayton made three of his five mid-range jumpers last night and looked very comfortable against the hoop against an elite defender like DeAndre Jordan. Ayton is such an overwhelming athlete in the color that stretches far from the hanger, which means he will not be able to lift offensive rebounds or jams on humans, but it does not matter if he nails them with a high percentage.
He definitely looks stronger with the jumper when he faces the angle, as Dwight Powell could easily block this.
Like all rookies, Ayton will do all kinds of positioning errors, especially for defense. Thank you Ayton, he will be able to correct some of his mistakes through his full power of athleticism. He is likely to be average double-digit rebounds.