- Personal Information:
- Full Name: Deandre Edoneille Ayton Sr.
- Nicknames: DominAyton, Tiger, Dominator
- Pronunciation: \dee-AN-dray AY-tin\
- Date of Birth: July 23, 1998
- Age: 25 years
- Birthplace: Nassau, Bahamas
- Alvin Ayton (Nigerian descent)
- Andrea Ayton (Jamaican and Bahamian heritage)
- Relationship: Girlfriend Anissa Evans (23-year-old student, influencer, and fitness model)
- Children: DeAndre Ayton Jr.
- Career Information:
- Current Team: Portland Trail Blazers
- Position: Center
- Jersey Number: #22
- Previous Team: Phoenix Suns
- NBA Draft:
- Year: 2018
- Round: 1
- Pick: 1
- Selected by: Phoenix Suns
- NBA Debut: October 17, 2018
- Experience: 5 years
- Current Team: Portland Trail Blazers
- Educational Background:
- College: University of Arizona (2017–2018)
- High School: Hillcrest Prep in Phoenix, Arizona
- Recruiting Rank: 2017 (3)
- Physical Details:
- Height: 2.13 m (6-11)
- Weight: 113 kg (250lb)
- Wingspan: 2.27 m
- Shoots: Right
- Financial & Contractual Details:
- Contract (with Phoenix Suns, July 2022):
- Duration: Four years
- Total Value: $132.93 million
- Taken over by: Portland Trail Blazers
- Annual Salary: Approx. $33,232,282
- Net Worth: Approx. $35 million
- Contract (with Phoenix Suns, July 2022):
- Other Details:
DeAndre Ayton Stats
- Team: Phoenix Suns (PHX), Portland Trail Blazers
- Games Played (GP): 303
- Games Started (GS): 296
- Average Minutes per Game (MIN): 30.6
- Points (PTS): 16.7 PPG
- Field Goals (FG): 59.7% (7.3-12.2)
- 3-Pointers (3PT): 26.2% (0.1-0.3)
- Free Throws (FT): 75.5% (2.0-2.6)
- Rebounds (REB): 10.4 RPG
- Assists (AST): 1.6 APG
- Blocks (BLK): 1.0 BPG
- Steals (STL): 0.7 SPG
- Fouls (PF): 2.8 PFPG
- Turnovers (TO): 1.7 TOPG
- Points (PTS): 5046
- Field Goals (FG): 2213-3709
- 3-Pointers (3PT): 21-80
- Free Throws (FT): 599-793
- Rebounds (REB): 3152
- Assists (AST): 495
Efficiency & Discipline:
- Assist to Turnover Ratio (AST/TO): 1.0
- Steal to Turnover Ratio (STL/TO): 0.4
- Scoring Efficiency (SC-EFF): 1.360
- Shooting Efficiency (SH-EFF): 0.60
- Double Doubles (DD2): 161
- Triple Doubles (TD3): 0
- Technical Fouls (TECH): 17
- Flagrant Fouls (FLAG): 2
- Disqualifications (DQ): 7
- Ejections (EJECT): 0
With his towering presence and undeniable talent in the paint, Deandre Ayton has solidified himself as a pivotal player in the NBA. His consistent rebounding and efficient scoring make him an asset to any team, particularly the Trail Blazers.
DeAndre Ayton 2023-24 Profile
DeAndre Ayton — the 7 foot tall, 250 pound Center for the Portland Trail Blazers — has received a fresh slate heading into the 2023-24 season. A former 1st overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns, Ayton’s Phoenix tenure didn’t live up to the franchise’s sky-high expectations. Yet, that could be attributed to the fact that Phoenix loaded up on superstars soon after Ayton’s arrival — boasting a roster that included Kevin Durant, Devin Booker, and Chris Paul in the past couple years. While Ayton’s physical prowess in the paint was supposed to compliment these perimeter players’ games perfectly, it didn’t always work out that way. In fact, Ayton was often left out, in terms of receiving scoring chances. But that is about to change.
In this article, we’ll analyze DeAndre Ayton’s general information, his background before being an NBA player, how his NBA career has gone so far, and what we can expect from him in 2023-24 as a Portland Trail Blazer.
Deandre Ayton General Information
DeAndre Edoneille Ayton Sr. was born on July 23, 1998, in Nassau, Bahamas. Ayton’s father, Alvin Ayton, is Nigerian, and his mother Andrea, is of Jamaican and Bahamian heritage. Deandre Ayton’s girlfriend is Anissa Evans, a 23-year-old student, influencer, and fitness model. Evans and Ayton also have a son together, named DeAndre Ayton Jr.
In July 2022, Ayton signed a 4 year, $132.93 million contract with Phoenix Suns (which will transfer over to the Portland trail Blazers). This makes for an annual average salary of $33,232,282. Ayton has an estimated net worth of $35 million.
Ayton wears jersey number 22, and his shoe size is 18 (US).
Deandre Ayton Background
Although he was born and raised in the Bahamas, DeAndre Ayton moved to San Diego, California to play basketball at Balboa High School. As a sophomore at Balboa, Ayton averaged 21 points, 16 rebounds and 6.9 blocks per game. After transferring to Hillcrest Prep Academy in Phoenix for his final two years of high school, Ayton averaged 26 points, 15 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in his senior season.
In 2017, Ayton was rated as the #3 overall recruit and #1 Center in his high school class. He ultimately committed to play college basketball at the University of Arizona on September 6th, 2016.
Despite being 7 feet tall, Ayton played Power Forward during his one year at Arizona, because the team had an even bigger Center. And although Ayton dealt with controversies at Arizona about whether he illegally received money in order to attend the school, Ayton didn’t let these off-court problems effect his in-game product.
On March 10, 2018, Ayton would record a career-high 32 points while grabbing 18 rebounds in the Pac-12 Championship game against USC, which the Wildcats won 75–61. Ayton was awarded the Pac-12 Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after the event. In addition to that, Ayton earned Pac-12 Player of the Year, Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, and First Team All-Pac-12 honors as a freshman. He also won the Karl Malone Award, which is awarded to the best Forward in college basketball each season.
Ayton declared for the 2018 NBA Draft after Arizona lost in the first round of the 2019 NCAA tournament. And on June 21, 2018, the Phoenix Suns selected Ayton with the 1st overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Ayton’s NBA Career So Far
Ayton made his NBA debut in the Suns’ season opener on October 17, 2018, and earned a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds, as well as a season-high 6 assists, a steal, and a block with 36 minutes. On March 27, 2018, Ayton broke the Suns’ rookie record for most double-double’s recorded in franchise history, with 39. Ayton became the third rookie in a decade to average a double-double in their rookie season, and was selected to the 2019 NBA All-Rookie First Team. In that rookie season, Ayton averaged 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game.
After serving a 25 game suspension from violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy in 2019, Ayton started his second season by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds in a 120–99 loss. Later in the season, he became the quickest player in franchise history to reach 1,000 rebounds in 94 games, as well as the fourth-quickest player in all the NBA to reach 1,000 since 1992.
During the 2020-21 COVID season, Ayton scored 26 points, 17 rebounds, and a career-high 5 blocks in a January 20 win against the Houston Rockets. He became the first Suns player since 2007 to put up at least 25 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 blocks in a single game.
Ayton was a crucial part of the Suns making the 2021 NBA Finals. In Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks, Ayton scored 22 points and 19 rebounds in a 118–105 win. Although the Suns ultimately lost the Finals in 6 games, he finished the 2021-21 season averaging 14.4 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.
After becoming a restricted free agent, agreeing to a deal with the Indiana Pacers, then ultimately rejoining the Suns before the 2022-23 season, Ayton signed a four-year, $132.92 contract with Phoenix. Ayton was named the NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for Week 6 (November 21–27), which was his first career NBA Player of the Week award. He finished the 2022-23 season averaging 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 0.8 blocks per game.
Then, on September 27, 2023, Ayton was traded to the Portland Trail as part of a three-team trade that sent former Blazers superstar Damian Lillard to the Milwaukee Bucks.
DeAndre Ayton 2023-24 Season Forecast
DeAndre Ayton will be Portland’s premiere player. With no other top-tier players on the roster besides Shaedon Sharpe, second-year Guard, Ayton will assume a feature role in Portland’s offense — which will likely lead to him posting career-high numbers. However, defenses will be much more focused on him, which might wear him down over the course of the season. Plus, with Lillard now gone, Portland will likely be one of the worst teams in the league. And after going from a Phoenix Suns team who was a perpetual contender to win an NBA Championship, this adjustment to a losing team might be tough for Ayton to handle. Still, I predict that Ayton will make his first All-Star team in 2023-24, and put up some extremely impressive stats in his first season as a Trail Blazer.
Deandre Edoneille Ayton Sr. is a professional NBA player, currently playing as a center for the Portland Trail Blazers.
He goes by the nicknames “DominAyton,” “Tiger,” and “Dominator.”
Deandre Ayton was born on July 23, 1998, in Nassau, Bahamas.
Deandre Ayton started his NBA career with the Phoenix Suns and currently plays for the Portland Trail Blazers.
Ayton was the 1st overall pick in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft, selected by the Phoenix Suns.
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