3 Takeaways From Suns Opening Night Win (cont’d)
Battle of the Rookies
Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic showed why they both warranted so much preseason hype as possible Rookie of the Year picks. The two started the game off strong, with Doncic dropping dimes and scoring from numerous spots on the court. Ayton, not to be outdone, scored seven quick points including an and-one on Doncic himself.
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It was easy to see why so many Suns’ fans were high Doncic as he moved around the court very comfortably and put teammates in good positions to score. It was evident, however, that he still has a long way to go on the defensive side of things.
Deandre Ayton, on the other hand, was great on the glass and wound up with a double-double. Plus, besides his scoring, rebounding, and defense, the No. 1 pick also showed off his passing chops. In total, he finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and 6 assists.
Both players were definitely as good as advertised and proved to a national audience that they’re for real. In Ayton’s case, he could be the piece that Phoenix has been missing since Amare Stoudamire left: a big man with a non-stop motor that can score at will from inside the three-point line.
Doncic finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.