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Locked On Suns Friday: Dissecting Deandre Ayton with Michael Pina of SB Nation

We run through Pina’s latest piece on Ayton before running through Pina’s expectations for this upcoming Suns season.

As Michael Pina noted in his latest story at SB Nation, many fans rarely think of Deandre Ayton when they think of the Suns despite his impactful rookie season. Why is this?

Pina helps us run through his takeaways from Ayton’s rookie year, what he wants to see in Year Two, and how Ayton can turn into a solid pro over time. A more conservative defensive scheme and more threes and playmaking opportunities will help, but there remains an unknowable obstacle in terms of his understanding of the game.

Finally, we take a look at how the Suns’ added shooting and veteran depth might aid Ayton’s development right away.

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