Deandre Ayton’s time at Summer League has ended.
The Phoenix Suns routed the San Antonio Spurs, 90-55, Friday in their final game of the event. Ayton was held out, along with Josh Jackson and Elie Okobo, as the Suns were already eliminated from title contention.
In four games in Las Vegas, Ayton averaged 14.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per contest on 60 percent shooting. He recorded two double-doubles, including a 21-point, 12-rebound performance in a win over the Sacramento Kings.
Ayton also had a 17-point, 13-rebound game against Mohamed Bamba and the Orlando Magic.
However, Ayton struggled Thursday, posting 10 points, nine rebounds, and six turnovers in 22 minutes. The Suns lost to the Sixers, eliminating them from the winner’s bracket. It was Phoenix’s first, and only, loss in Vegas.
Ayton had zero assists and 13 turnovers in Summer League, which is a concerning stat. There was also some concern about his defense and ability to secure the ball on the low block. Still, he averaged a double-double with great efficiency, so there’s not a whole lot to complain about.
And it’s only Summer League after all.
Like Ayton, Allonzo Trier was held out in the Knicks’ finale on Friday. In four Summer League games, he averaged 17 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in 31.0 minutes. He had a shooting line of .449/.182/.842.
Sitting out Friday’s game likely means Trier had shown the Knicks all they’ve needed to see (in a good way).
Chance Comanche played 19 minutes for the Magic on Friday, but went scoreless while grabbing five rebounds. Orlando lost to the Thunder, 87-85.
Grant Jerrett made another start for the Clippers, and had nine points, two rebounds, and two assists in 21 minutes. He was 4-for-7 from the field.
Simmons sat out in the Grizzlies’ most recent game.