Deandre Ayton was the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA draft, and while he hasn't become a superstar-tier player yet, he is still a fantastic center that can score on the interior and protect the rim. Currently, Deandre Ayton is averaging 16.8 PPG, 10.0 RPG, and 1.4 APG, while shooting 64.2% from the field.
There is no doubt that Deandre Ayton benefits a lot from playmakers like Chris Paul who can put him in a position to get easy baskets. However, that doesn't mean that he can't create on the interior for himself, and a recent statistic shows one of the consistent ways he is able to do that.
Twitter user @XinNBA has recently revealed that Deandre Ayton shoots a wild 67.3% on hook shots this season, higher than top-tier bigs like Karl-Anthony Towns and Nikola Jokic.
Deandre Ayton is definitely one of the most promising young centers in the league. He definitely provides a positive impact for the Suns on both ends of the floor. He could potentially develop his offense even further in the future, and he's already a stout rim protector.
There's no doubt that Deandre Ayton being dominant on the interior will be crucial for the Phoenix Suns during this upcoming playoff run. The Phoenix Suns look like they'll finish as the best regular-season team this season, and they have already managed to clinch a playoff appearance.
The Phoenix Suns made the Finals last season, but they were simply unable to finish the job against Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks after going up 2-0. While some people still doubt their ability due to their lack of a true superstar, they are still an extremely dangerous team to face for any contender. Perhaps we'll see them get back to the highest stage this year, and get a title this season.