Deandre Ayton Says Chris Paul “Best Thing To Happen To My Career”
The Phoenix Suns are currently on fire (pun intended), taking a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA Playoffs. This young team anchored by veteran Chris Paul has seen vast improvements all across the board from the beginning of the season. According to their star Center Deandre Ayton, Chris Paul is the biggest reason for everyone’s improvement.
Full quote from ProBasketballTalk via NBCSports:
I love CP, man. Like I said, that’s really the only teammate that really push me. Like big bro type push. Knowing what I got and that I ain’t never thought that I had,” Ayton said of CP3.
“I think he was the best thing that happened to my career. I can say that every day. Just is really a dude who pays attention to detail. It’s not how you say it, it’s what he’s saying… I never know a guy who cares so much about basketball and competing at everything. And it’s contagious and that’s what he built in me as well and just having him as a teammate and the experience that he’s went through and teaching me the little things has helped me and it’s working.”
It’s no secret that Paul’s intensity and fire he brings to the court has rubbed teammates the wrong way before, but according to Ayton, it is exactly what the doctor ordered to help his career.
I would say it started in training camp,” Ayton said after Game 4. “First thing he told me was, ‘You know, the thing that’s going to keep me in the league for a long time is angles.’ And I was like, angles? I was like, ‘I do everything. Angles?’
“You know, hey, it’s just angles of the screen, angles to get the rebound, being in position for an offensive board and just stuff like today, just using what he said and him just always keeping that in my head. Me being in the pick-and-roll with him, you know, this is — I won’t say it’s easy, but he makes it easy to where either he’s open or I’m open and we’re going to get something out of it. That’s what I’ve been learning through the reps with him”
If the Phoenix Suns make it to the NBA Finals, they will be facing either the Atlanta Hawks or the Milwaukee Bucks. With the current success of this Suns team and how well everyone meshes together, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see this team lifting the Larry O’Brien trophy at the season’s end. The tandem of Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul should be formidable.
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