Is DeAndre Ayton the top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft?
It all starts with DeAndre Ayton's impressive physique and physical attributes. Standing 7-feet tall, Ayton has tremendous size for the center position. But it’s not just his height that stands out, he looks physically bigger than in the summer. He has powerful frame with wide, strong shoulders, plus a wingspan that is likely longer than the 7’4.5 measurement from the LeBron James Skills Academy back in 2014. Ayton also has very good mobility and athleticism. On Wednesday at the Tarkanian Classic, Ayton showed ability on the offensive end. He has very good touch, both around the basket and on his jump shots. He connected on two of his six three-point attempts against Reno Prep, while also knocking down a 15-foot jumper. His shot mechanics and form are good and his ability to shoot is becoming a strength. Ayton only posted up on the block a couple of times and each post up led to a basket. He also had a face up drive from the elbow and backed down a defender from 12-feet, finishing through him. Ayton is a good finisher around the goal that certainly doesn’t mind a little contact. Of his nine field goal attempts in the paint, Ayton missed just one.
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