JDJ26 wrote: Ghost of Kleine wrote:
Slim Charless wrote:I like the Ayton we've gotten the last 2 games. THAT guy is worth a max deal. He just needs to keep it up. Monty needs to let him freaking shoot the damn ball more too.
To me personally,
I see it simply as a matter of keeping him engaged fully. Now most would probably say that's on him individually to remain engaged. But I'd disagree, And say that it's more a matter of us working to run the offense through him more and making him a focal point rather than running a guard centric style offense. Utilizing Ayton is just much better for our shooters to reestablish their potency on the perimeter due to the immense gravity he creates when the defenses are forced to collapse. But yes, Ayton WHEN UTILIZED CORRECTLY is absolutely worth the max. Although he still does have to working on his ballhandling ( ISO game) and his 3 pt shooting.
The big question is honestly whether or not the suns recognize and are willing to except this. Or will they continue to force the offense through Booker and Paul primarily with Ayton in a supplementary role?
3pt shooting is nice, but I would rather have Ayton focus on getting to the free-throw line. He already is a good free-throw shooter.
If he can get to the line almost as much as Embiid, he will be a problem and worth the max.
True! But I think that could also be a complimentary side effect of choosing to run more offense through him in the post as well. I mean more touches mean more potential fouls to stop his scoring right. Otherwise he's just so efficient, it becomes foul or give up the bucket.
I also think it would be beneficial in any agreement that we come to on his max deal, That a strong benchmark incentive for free throw generation be included! That should promote his interest in getting to the line more and becoming more physical hopefully.