The 2018 first overall pick continues to shine during the exhibition slate, generally outplaying anyone put in front of him through the first four preseason games. Ayton has remained aggressive, putting up double-digit shot attempts in each game while also visiting the free-throw line on at least five occasions in three of four exhibitions. The 20-year-old has unsurprisingly been a force on the boards and defensively as well, hauling in between seven and 15 rebounds while recording multiple blocks in all but Monday's tilt.
If preseason is any indication, the first overall pick will have minimal trouble adjusting to the NBA game. Friday's effort represented Ayton's second consecutive double-double, and the fact a good chunk of his production came in a tough matchup against Jusuf Nurkic made it all the more impressive. The seven-footer appears poised for an outstanding rookie campaign while providing the Suns with a long-awaited, high-upside asset at the center position.
Ayton finished the Las Vegas Summer League with averages of 14.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.0 block per game.
The No. 1 overall pick played in four games and shot just a shade under 60 percent from the floor en route to All-Summer League Second Team honors. Ayton's best game of the tournament came against the Kings on July 7, when he had 21 points and 12 rebounds in an eight-point victory. Surely, his production figures to suffer when he goes up against significantly better competition in the NBA, but Ayton remains one of the two or three best rookies, from a fantasy perspective, heading into 2018-19.
Ayton will not play during Friday's summer league action against the Spurs.
Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick, will get Friday's game off for rest. Across four summer league games, he's averaged 14.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.0 block in 26.8 minutes.
Ayton recorded 10 points (4-10 FG, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, three steals and a block across 30 minutes during Thursday's 88-86 summer league loss to the 76ers.
Despite quality rebounding (three offensive boards) and defense, Ayton struggled looking for his shot, committing a team-high six turnovers without an assist. He also has yet to attempt a three-pointer. Coming into Thursday's game, the No. 1 overall pick was averaging 16.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.0 block while shooting 66.7 percent from the field and 80.0 percent from the charity stripe.
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