One reason why Deandre Ayton chose to spend his one and only college season at the University of Arizona was because of its proximity to Phoenix where Ayton attended high school and his mother resides.
Well, apparently Ayton wouldn’t mind starting his NBA career in Arizona, either.
The big man said on CBS Sports Radio that he could “see myself in Phoenix” and that he believes he and Phoenix Suns star guard Devin Booker could be “a little Shaq and Kobe 2.0.”
Ayton, who is widely projected to be the top pick in June’s NBA Draft, may very well get his wish, too.
The Suns (19-58) currently have the worst record in the NBA, and if they finish with it — they have a 2.5-game lead on the team with the second-worst record — they would have a 25 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick, and a 64.2 percent chance of landing a top-3 pick.
That said, Ayton did say during the Pac-12 Tournament that he would play for anyone, so he probably won’t be crushed if his desert dream doesn’t come to fruition.
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