Bahamian professional basketball player Deandre Edoneille Chidike Ayton is a member of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns. He’s best known for his scoring abilities and soaring jumps, and he’s also a role model for young players. Born in the Bahamas, Ayton has a unique story and personality that has captivated audiences for years.
Ayton is a gifted athlete, a 6-foot-11 center who excels in the low post and has a solid mid-range game. He averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game last season and shot 63.4% from the field and 37% from three-point range. While many have praised his scoring abilities, some have criticized his lack of maturity. He was benched in the Mavericks’ Game 7 loss, and some fans feel that his development is stagnant.
Ayton’s new contract with the Suns is a significant milestone in his professional career. He’ll celebrate his 24th birthday with his family, and plans to spend a month-and-a-half in Santa Barbara preparing for the 2022-23 season. Ayton has been in Arizona since 2015, and played for the Phoenix Hillcrest Academy and the University of Arizona.
Ayton’s contract was signed in July, but it wasn’t completed until July 14. The Pacers had the option of offering a five-year deal to Ayton on July 1, but the GM of the Phoenix Suns had until 11:59 ET on July 14 to match the offer sheet. Ayton had a no-trade clause for one year, which made it difficult for the Pacers to sign him.
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