Traded Paul and sent Ayton away! With the Suns actively reinforcing it, Durant has no way back
With Lillard joining the Bucks, the offseason farce has once again fallen. The Suns also followed suit, sending DeAndre Ayton and Nurkic on board. It is an upgrade for the Suns' defense, and also a qualified helper for the three All-Stars of Durant, Booker and Beal in the new season.
After the deal was announced, the Suns also prepared a respectable farewell. The Sun official tweeted out Ayton's highlights and wrote: "From the top show to the air to the Clippers (2021 West Final G2), thank you for everything you bring to the valley!" Aton! ”
Since landing in the league, Ayton has played in 303 regular season games (5 seasons) for the Suns, averaging 30.6 minutes per game, 16.7 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals and 1 block. He played in 45 games in the playoffs, averaging 33.7 minutes per game, scoring 15.9 points, 10.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.7 blocks.
Ayton's performance, while not particularly impressive, is by no means a parallel trader. He's just not fit to play for the Suns, and if it's to a fishbelly team, maybe a 25+10 top center. Ayton did not smash the signboard, and although he was reluctant to leave Phoenix, it was always what he wanted. Rejoin a new team and maybe he will have a new change.
For Ayton, the reasons why he had to trade are as follows: First, he didn't play to his strengths on the offensive end, and often preferred to finish offense with mid-range shots rather than use his physical confrontation and fouling ability. Some scouts described him euphemistically by saying he had a "proclivity for attacking cleanliness."
Secondly, he did not show the role of a protective frame in key moments and was even abandoned by the manager. With the Suns, his status and role were gradually marginalized, and he did not show enough fighting spirit and desire to win.
Compared to Ayton, Nurkic is a more suitable team to win the championship.
Nurkic is a well-rounded center who can play a variety of tricks on the inside, shoot mid-range jumpers and sometimes shoot threes. He also has excellent passing skills and is able to create opportunities for his teammates. Last season, he averaged 13.2 points, 3.0 assists and shot 36.4 percent from three-point range.
Secondly, Nurkic is a defensively minded and experienced center who can fend off opponents inside and grab some rebounds and blocks. He was also able to change defenses on the outside without falling behind, causing some trouble for opponents. Last season, he averaged 9.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.
And Glenn is also a great addition.
Last season, Grayson Allen averaged 10.4 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals per game in the regular season. He went further in the playoffs, averaging 11.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game; most importantly, his shooting ability was outstanding, shooting 48.8% from three-point range in the playoffs, and was a superb 3D player.
He can be a defensive tip on the outside of the Suns.
Imagine Nurkic on the inside, Allen on the outside, plus Durant's unsolvable singles, Booker's precise projection, and Beal's inside and out. Coupled with the shooters on the Sun bench, the Sun in the new season has become integrated offensive and defensive. If you can maintain a good level of fitness, it is not difficult to win the championship.
But in other words, the Suns have strengthened Durant so much that he will be ridiculed if he fails to lead the Suns further in the playoffs this season.