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Shaquille O’Neal to Deandre Ayton: ‘Don’t be the next Shaq’

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The Big Shaqtus has some kind words for Suns for the future of the Phoenix franchise.

2018 NBA Summer League - Las Vegas - Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

One sort of Phoenix Suns Hall of Famer has a tip for a bonafide, surefire, future Suns Hall of Famer. Pave your own way.

That’s the advice that Shaquille O’Neal is passing along to 2018 number one overall pick and probable Rookie of the Year winner, Deandre Ayton.

On the latest episode of The Big Podcast with Shaq, the man who scored 1,695 of his 28,596 points in a Suns uniform expressed that he hopes Ayton eclipses the accomplishments of The Big Aristotle.

I like that plan. Since you’re curious, Shaq averaged 23.4 points and 13.9 rebounds in his first NBA season. He was named Rookie of the Year and made his first of 15 All-Star Game appearances. Sounds like a good place to start for Ayton.