Ayton looks the part against Mo Bamba

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LAS VEGAS — No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton‘s series of matchups against the other big men drafted in this year’s lottery continued Monday, as Ayton’s Phoenix Suns took on No. 6 overall pick Mohamed Bamba and the Orlando Magic. Although Ayton got the best of their head-to-head matchups, Bamba showed the kind of shot-blocking ability that made him a top prospect.

Squaring off against Bamba, who weighed in at 226 pounds at the NBA Draft Combine, Ayton — listed at a chiseled 250 — enjoyed an enormous strength advantage. On the one play on which Ayton got a chance to post up Bamba one-on-one, he powered through the Orlando center and went up to dunk before being fouled by Bamba.

Ayton’s strength also showed up on the glass, where he came up with more offensive rebounds (five) than Bamba had defensive rebounds (just two in 22 minutes). That included a pair of Ayton tips, one of them dunking home a miss by teammate Josh Jackson. Ayton added eight more defensive rebounds for his second double-double (17 points, 13 boards) in as many games.



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