Monday, April 13, 2015

DeAndre Ayton NBA Draft Scouting Report

7-0 - Center - Arizona (via Bahamas)

Ayton is an elite level prospect who has all the makings of a high level NBA center. He needs to learn to play with a better motor but the future is very bright for Ayton.

Has an ideal build for a basketball player, with great height, broad shoulders and good coordination. Gets up and down the floor with fluid motion and has excellent suddenness and burst. A quick leaper who gets above the rim in a hurry.

Ayton is a committed rebounder and defender who is an absolute terror on the High School level. Projects as a really good shot blocker and interior defender in the NBA. Does a nice job of fighting for rebounds and can rebound out of his area.

On offense Ayton is a load to handle in the paint. He shows good hands and the ability to finish with either hand in the lane. He has a nice shooting touch out to the college three and excellent form on his jumper. He looks like Tim Duncan the way he shoots the ball from mid range.

Has a very high all around skill level, not just size and athleticism. He is tough to guard in the post due to his unique quickness and agility at that size, plus an array of nice post moves. He has spin moves and jab steps and overall really nice footwork for a young big.

A superstar in the making.

There's not a lot of negatives here. One knock against Ayton is that he doesn't always play with enough intensity. Does he have the passion and desire to be great or will he cost along on natural talent?

He needs to continue to develop his body and get into peak shape.

Reminds of Tim Duncan with his smooth and advanced post game, plus some Kevin Garnett with that speed and agility.

Projection: Top 2 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft