Phoenix Suns De’Andre Ayton Gets First 20 & 20 of the Season in New York


In New York’s Madison Square Garden the home of big games by big players, and the Phoenix Suns come in without one of their big scorers Kelly Oubre out with a concussion.

Suns on the road playing the lowly Knicks, and got back their team quarterback Ricky Rubio.

The Suns and their fans via television caught a glimpse of what the future could be like for their center De’Andre Ayton.

Tonight Ayton stepped a few steps forward to the player much of the basketball world expects from a number one overall draft pick, as he had a season high in two categories 26 points and 21 rebounds.

Most of us expect the scoring output to be high double digits on a nightly basis, but it the rebounding department that lights up the eyes of all associated Suns fans.

Grabbing 21 rebounds takes one thing that Ayton has been lacking and that’s aggression, and with that Ayton looked dominate as his rebounding effort sparked the team and seem to make things easier for several players on the floor.

Several dunks including one from Devin Booker and a high fly half court lob from point guard Ricky Rubio late in the fourth quarter.

Suns led all the way in this game as they jumped out to a good lead that they maintained throughout the game and turned up their defense to pull away from the Knicks 121-98.

Yes its the Knicks, but a win is a win as it brings confidence especially on the road.

The teams three point shooting has been very poor of late, and it got back on track tonight a little as rookie Cam Johnson was 2 out of 3 from the arch and Rubio was 3 of 5.

That is a start to get that percentage back up where it was early in the season, Suns shot 51.1 percent on the night and seemed to get something they haven’t had much lately and that’s a lot of easy baskets finished at the rim.

But the story was De’Andre Ayton on the night as he took to the court with an attitude that was a bit different.

His game matched his demeanor as he hustled to the ball and position in the paint as he ripped down six offensive rebounds that lead to second chance points.

Late in the fourth quarter as the game was decided and Head Coach Monty Williams took Ayton out of the game, Booker pounded Ayton on the chest with his approval of that type of performance.

If the young big man can bring that effort every night, the future of the Phoenix Suns could be very bright.

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