Top NBA draft prospect Deandre Ayton compares himself to Kevin Garnett

USC v Arizona

With the number one pick in this year's draft, the Phoenix Suns are expected to select DeAndre Ayton.

Having played his college basketball in Arizona, it's a perfect fit for the franchise when you factor in his undeniable talent.

In a stacked draft class, Ayton is seen as the standout player and the Suns are unlikely to pass on him.

The 19-year-old recently worked out for Phoenix and doesn't plan to do so for any other team as he's so confident that he'll be taken with the top pick.

"I know I'm going number one,'' he told reporters after his work out, via ESPN.

He wasn't given any assurances by any member of the team but he believes they can't pass up an opportunity to draft a player with his skill set.

"Nobody told me,'' he said. "That's just me. I think I deserve that. I've worked hard.''

With his combination of size, strength, athleticism and shooting, the seven-footer has the ability to become the next great big man in the NBA.

He has all the attributes of a modern day big, mixed with the more traditional skills on the low block with his back to the basket.


Ayton has studied many great players growing up and mentioned two legends that he's modelled his game on.

"Kevin Garnett, his intensity on both ends of the floor, how he changes the game, rebounding," he said.

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"From offence to defence, him starting the pick and roll, stuff like that, how he's so vocal with his teammates. And Hakeem Olajuwon, with his footwork down low, I try to really pick up a lot of stuff with those guys.''

Comparing himself to Garnett - one of the best bigs to ever play in the NBA - is a bold move by the youngster but it shows just how supremely confident he is about his game.

Buffalo v Arizona

Ayton is so certain that he'll be representing the Suns next season that he's already looking ahead to a potential partnership with Devin Booker.

He believes he can be that secondary star alongside the young shooting guard and has claimed that they can become "Shaq and Kobe 2.0.''

"We could really make something happen in Phoenix,'' Ayton said. "We could really have a spark and start a winning legacy.''

Winning is something that has been severely lacking in Phoenix and if the Arizona Wildcat can come in and change the fortunes of the team, he'll become an instant hero.

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