Deandre Ayton Leads Suns Past Marvin Bagley III, Kings in Summer League

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2018

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 7:  Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball against the Sacramento Kings during the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League on July 7, 2018 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
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It did not take long for the top two picks in the 2018 NBA draft to go head-to-head in the pros, as Deandre Ayton and Marvin Bagley III faced off in the 2018 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas on Saturday.

Neither team was able to get much going on offense in a 71-63 Phoenix Suns victory over the Sacramento Kings, but both Ayton and Bagley were able to show what made them the top prospects in the class.

Before tipoff, the two exchanged pleasantries:

Kings on NBCS @NBCSKings

Bagley-Ayton: The First Showdown https://t.co/ApjD45OZ7W

And then it was on.

Ayton was the star of the day, recording his first double-double (21 points and 12 rebounds) as a pro. And he did so while shooting 8-of-11 from the floor.


Ayton sees open court! #PhantomCam https://t.co/9TDZtwDLmv

Phoenix Suns @Suns

POWER MOVES. πŸ’ͺ #NBASummer https://t.co/DqOV7jbYy8

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Can't stop @DeandreAyton. DUNK SHOW. #NBASummer https://t.co/rUKyAqCjLm

Of course, being 7'1" and 250 pounds makes Ayton a force at the rim.

While the No. 1 overall pick was balling out for the other team, Bagley showed that he can keep up. He managed to notch a few highlights of his ownβ€”including one against Ayton:

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N I F T Y https://t.co/QnR0zmytkC

Sacramento Kings @SacramentoKings

MBIII in his bag πŸ’Ό https://t.co/HF9FqkaBCE

The second overall pick finished with 15 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal.

This is just the first of what should be many battles between Ayton and Bagley as pros. While the stakes will be higher in the future, this summer league matchup gave fans an offseason treat.


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