Phoenix Suns forward DeAndre Ayton of the Bahamas had arguably the best game of the National Basketball Association (NBA) preseason on Monday night, recording a double-double in a 107-105 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
In 27½ minutes of play, Ayton dropped 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field. He added 11 rebounds and recorded his first double-double of the preseason. He also recorded 3 steals, 1 assist, and 1 block. In the preseason, Ayton has shot 60.5% from the field and averaged 16 points per game. He also averages 8.33 rebounds per game.
The Bahamian big man is seeking a more prominent role in the Suns’ offense this season, especially after signing a new contract in the offseason. He said he stays away from any suspected conflict with the team and will let his play speak for itself.
Playing on neutral ground at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada last Wednesday, Ayton went 119-115 with seven points and a game-high eight rebounds in 25 minutes. Victory for his team.
In the previous game, Ayton scored 22 points on 11-for-14 shooting from the field and added 6 rebounds and 2 assists in 22 minutes of play in a 134–124 loss to the Adelaide 36ers.
Ayton and the Suns will host the Sacramento Kings tonight at 10pm. The match will take place at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Chavano ‘Buddy’ Hield and the Indiana Pacers saw some action on Friday.
Hield finished with 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting from the field and 3-for-5 from the deep in 20 minutes of play. The Pacers shooting guard added four assists, a rebound and a steal as the Pacers lost 131-114 to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York.
In the preseason, Hield averaged 10 points on a 44.4% shooting percentage from the field. He also has his 44.4% shooting percentage from distance.
Heald and the Pacers will host the Knicks tonight at the Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN.The game starts at 7:00 pm
Kai Jones saw action Monday with the Charlotte Hornets.
The Hornets second-year forward/center had 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 block in nearly 9 minutes of play. The Hornets lost to the Washington Wizards 116-107 at his center Spectrum in Charlotte, North Carolina.
In the preseason, Jones averaged 3.67 points on 37.5% shooting from the floor. He adds his three rebounds per game.
The Hornets take on the Philadelphia 76ers tonight at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.The game starts at 7:00 pm
The Suns are 1-2 in the preseason, the Pacers are 1-1, and the Hornets are 0-4.
The NBA regular season starts on Tuesday, October 18th.
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