Looking into three notable stats from the Phoenix Suns’ first two preseason games.
After two preseason games, fans and supporters of the Phoenix Suns are feeling pretty good. The team is competitive and their starting lineup is a fine mix of young talent and veteran leadership. After several years at the bottom of the league, it finally seems like the team is making strides toward contention.
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Through two games, the Suns have split with one win and one loss. While the franchise is definitely headed in the right direction, there are still some question marks on top of the positive things we’ve seen. Here, we’ll look at the three most notable stats from their first two games — both good and bad.
Deandre Ayton‘s Double-Double: 22.5 PPG & 12 RPG
Of all the things we’ve seen so far from Phoenix, the one that sticks out the most is how good Deandre Ayton has been. Through two games, it definitely looks like he’s a guy who will change the franchise for the better, and in a big way.
So far, he’s averaging a double-double (22.5 PPG, 12 RPG) while also blocking three shots per game. When you look at those numbers, it’s exactly what you want from your starting center. On top of that, he’s done so very efficiently with a field goal percentage of 62 percent. At 7-foot-1, Ayton can obviously score from the inside but he’s also displayed a smooth shooting touch from mid-range.
I think it’s fair to say that it’s understandable why he has been compared to Joel Embiid.
Additionally, Ayton is also shooting 75 percent from the free-throw line and he’s altered a ton of shots at the rim.