Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

NBA Wrap: Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic shine on debuts

NBA Wrap: Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic shine on debuts

Canaan, who played with the Suns for 19 games during the 2017-18 season, prepares to head back out onto the court after suffering a gruesome ankle fracture on January 31.

The Phoenix Suns went chalk, taking Ayton No. 1 overall, while the Atlanta Hawks selected Doncic at No. 3 before trading him to the Dallas Mavericks. This led to big changes, including the hiring of a new head coach in former Utah Jazz assistant Igor Kokoskov. Granted, they've only played one game, but for a team that finished with the NBA's worst record last season, winning only 21 games, maybe let's let them savor being in first place for now. What matters is not where Ayton and Doncic are right now but how much better are they around Christmas.

Ayton had an excellent debut, logging 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists on eight-of-11 shooting in a 121-100 Suns win.

"It kind of upsets me because we work so hard and we shouldn't them to have those runs, and it's all mental breakdowns", Kokoskov said.

Doncic didn't shoot the ball well (5 of 16 from the field), but scored 10, had eight rebounds and four assists and showed several flashes of why the Mavericks are so excited about him, including this effortless behind-the-back assist.

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Trevor Ariza added 21 points, Josh Jackson 18 and T.J. Warren 17 for the Suns, who gave Kokoskov a victory in his National Basketball Association head coaching debut.

Overall, the night belonged to another young Suns star, Devin Booker, who scored 35 while hitting six-of-10 3-pointers.

The Suns made 19 of 34 3s, seven of nine in the fourth quarter.

Suns: G Jamal Crawford, whose signing was announced earlier in the day, was not in uniform. Last year, Warren was a 22% three-point shooter and attempted just over one three per game.

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