Maze wrote:I guess there are combine numbers and actual in game ability.I was shocked to find out that Ayton's vertical leap is 43.5 inches & Amare Stoudemire's was only 32 inches.I would've guessed Amare was by far a better leaper.Guess it's all in the mind.Amare played like a 12 ft man trapped in a 6'10 body.Ayton plays like a 6'2 man trapped in a 7'1 body.For a 7'1 guy with a 43.5 inch vertical, he hardly posterized anybody this year.Maybe once or twice? I haven't seen this so called "monster athleticism" transfer to the court.He's more nimble/finesse.Not trying to knock it.I still think he could maybe unlock it.I'm just amazed to see a big man with those type of measurables play below the rim like he does.That being said, this was one of my favorite games from him last season
I wanted him to take 25-30 shots, but of course, they stopped feeding him.I really believe he could've averaged 20 ppg last year if the Suns had a legit pg
Though Ayton will never have Amare's quickness, I think he'd finish a lot more dunks if he was stronger. I thought he was hesitant to go up too high because he was afraid of getting pushed and falling awkwardly. He needs to get stronger in order to embrace contact as he goes up to the rim. Hoping to see some progress on that front as we gear up for camp.