Monday, April 13, 2015

DeAndre Ayton NBA Draft Scouting Report

6-11 - Center - Arizona (via Bahamas)

Ayton is an elite level prospect who has all the makings of a high level NBA center. He's still young and needs time to develop but the future is very bright for Ayton.

Pros
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.

Plays with a high level of hustle and intensity and contributes in all aspects of the game. Is a committed rebounder and defender who is an absolute terror on the High School level. Projects as a really good shot blocker at the NBA level.

Shows good hands and a nice touch out to about 18 feet with excellent form on his jumper. He looks like Tim Duncan the way he shoots it.

Has a very high all around skill level, not just size and athleticism. Is tough to guard in the post due to his unique quickness and agility at that size. Has spin moves and jab steps and overall really nice footwork.

A superstar.

Cons
There's not a lot of negatives here.

He just needs to continue to develop his body and refine his game and the sky is the limit.

Comparisons
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