Deandre Ayton is viewed as the key player for the Phoenix Suns, someone who can greatly impact their chances at a championship in the 2023-24 season alongside their trio of perimeter stars.
He has already shown glimpses of his potential during the team’s run to the NBA Finals in 2021, but has faced criticism for not living up to his max contract.
Ayton has also had a strained relationship with his former head coach, Monty Williams, and has been involved in trade rumors.
Despite this, only Ayton and Devin Booker remain from the squad that reached the last game of the NBA season in 2020-21, which suggests he is either highly valued or not valued at all.
Ayton is aware of the criticism he receives and is determined to change the narrative and prove his worth.
? “I can feel the whole world hating me. No matter you put it, I feel like I have no fans out there and I can feel it because the whole world is saying it.” -Deandre Ayton pic.twitter.com/iiWupOybFJ
— TMSPN.com (@sportsgossip) July 20, 2023
He recently donated $10,000 to a youth program and sat down for an interview to discuss his goals for the upcoming season.
While his production on the court has been solid, Ayton has often been blamed for the team’s shortcomings since their Finals loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.
He averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game last season, but his defensive consistency has been inconsistent throughout his career.