Ayton tallied 14 points (7-16 FG, 0-2 FT), eight rebounds, one steal and one block across 29 minutes in Tuesday's 131-97 loss to the Pacers.
Ayton shot well from the floor Tuesday night, but the offense in general did not have many strong showings which led to a blowout loss. Even still, Ayton is a clear focal point in the paint for the Suns, and should be treated as a nightly double-double threat going forward.
Ayton finished with 22 points (9-18 FG, 4-6 FT), 13 rebounds, and three blocks in 30 minutes during Saturday's 102-93 victory over the Nuggets.
After a poor showing Wednesday against the Mavericks, Ayton bounced back with a big double-double including matching his career-high with three blocks. Ayton has now blocked at least one shot in five straight games, in what is hopefully an indication the defense is coming on. The points and boards are typically there on a nightly basis so any addition to his game certainly rounds out his value nicely.
The rookie center continues to churn out solid production on the majority of nights, and Sunday's effort saw him bounce back to more of his usual level of usage after a sharp downturn on Friday against the Clippers. Ayton had taken a season-low three shot attempts over 27 minutes in that contest, which led to a meager four-point output. The 20-year-old continues to be a threat for a double-double any time he takes the floor and has been mostly adept at avoiding foul trouble, making him a coveted asset across all season-long formats and in daily leagues.
The first overall pick continued to prove worthy of the lofty investment, closing out the calendar year with his seventh double-double in the last nine games. Ayton essentially dominates the boards nearly every time he takes the court, but he also enjoyed a highly efficient December from an offensive perspective. The 20-year-old shot at least 60.0 percent in 10 of 16 games during the month, while also displaying impressive durability. Ayton has yet to take a night off during his rookie campaign, starting 37 of 38 games and averaging a solid 31.3 minutes.
Ayton ended with 33 points (16-20 FG, 1-3 FT), 14 rebounds, four steals, and one assist in 39 minutes during Saturday's 122-118 loss to Denver.
Ayton lit up the Nuggets for a career-high 33 points on an incredible 16-of-20 shooting. To cap the night off, he added 14 rebounds and another career-high with four steals. Over the past two weeks, he is the 6th ranked player, shooting an amazing 69 percent on almost 15 shot attempts. This type of production will likely not hold but it is a great sign that he was able to get through a rough patch and come out the other side with play such as this.
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