Due to Nikola Jokic’s move, everyone is laughing at Deandre Ayton. Jokic made a fake shot for a three-pointer in the second quarter of the game, Ayton was convinced that he would shoot and just turned around. Instead of looking at the ball and Nikola, he turned towards the basket and waited to see if the three-pointer went in.
Jokic took advantage of this and easily passed by him, scoring with a foul. Because of this move by the Serbian ace, everyone is laughing at Ayton. Many do not understand how a man who is earning 32.5 million dollars this season allows himself to just turn to the other side and not follow his player or the ball.
To make matters worse for the Suns, his earnings will increase in the next two seasons, earning 34 million dollars in the 2024/25 season and 35.5 million dollars in the 2025/26 season. Jokic faked out Ayton – Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) [pic.twitter.com/eUvYrme6Hg] [February 5, 2024]
He is currently averaging 13.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game this season, which is certainly too little for the highest-paid player on the team. For comparison, former Red Star player Duop Reath has an average of 9.1 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game, and earns 560,000 dollars for this season… Because of everything he delivers on the court this season, he is often targeted by the media.
It does not bother him at all. Why? He signed such a contract with Phoenix for 133 million dollars in July 2022.
Ayton was born in the Bahamas, he studied at Arizona college in Phoenix and that team chose him as the first pick in the 2018 draft. Do former coach Igor Kokoskov and the people in the franchise regret that? Maybe… For example, the 11th pick was Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Colin Sexton, Jaren Jackson Jr., Moritz Wagner, Anfernee Simons, Bruce Brown who won the title with Denver.
It could be seen in September last year that the Suns had given up on him when they let him go in a trade involving three teams. They brought in Grayson Allen, Jusuf Nurkic, Nassir Little, and Keon Johnson. And that in a team that is a title contender with Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and Bradley Beal.
It is clear that his career is currently declining, but will he be able to recover and show why he was the first pick? We’ll see. (MONDO – N.S.)