Deandre Ayton said he felt like a rookie in his Summer League debut, but he looked more like himself in his second outing in Las Vegas.
Ayton was incredibly efficient, shooting 8-of-11 from the field and a perfect 5-of-5 from the charity stripe. He had a block and a steal, too.
Bagley had 15 points and seven rebounds on 5-of-12 shooting.
Here’s highlights of their battle:
This performance came a day after Ayton was held to 10 points and eight rebounds on six shots against the Mavericks, who double-teamed him from the opening tip.
“The first game I think he was a little nervous,” said Suns forward Josh Jackson. “It took him a little while to come out of his shell, but I think he’s finally starting to realize that nobody can guard him. Teams have to bring two defenders. No one person can guard him.”
While Ayton’s final stat-line was much better Saturday, his performance was mostly viewed as a “quiet” 21 and 12 by media folks:
Suns win. Ayton managed 21 and 12 in what was a pretty meh performance, which is impressive. The guy can certainly produce.— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) July 8, 2018
I wouldn't say this was a particularly impressive looking game from Ayton, but then you look up and he's got 21 and 12 on great efficiency.— Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) July 8, 2018
Lesson of this Summer league- Ayton is going to be really good with a quality point guard.— Tim Tompkins (@RadioTimNBA) July 8, 2018
One thing to remember: Hard to judge big men in Summer League because often they're not getting great guard play. That said, been mixed bag for Ayton— scott bordow (@sbordow) July 8, 2018
Ayton floating on offense. Screens aren’t catching anyone, he isn’t sealing when he gets post position. Add bad passes from teammates and ...— Kevin Zimmerman (@KZimmermanAZ) July 8, 2018
Also as much as I can nitpick Ayton, he’s opening a lot up for teammates that’s not ending in puntos because, well, SUMMER LEAGUE.— Kevin Zimmerman (@KZimmermanAZ) July 8, 2018