It would be a comfortable fit for Ayton, who was born in the Bahamas and moved to the Phoenix area during high school. He said most of his family now lives here. Ayton played his one year of college basketball a couple of hours down Interstate 10 at the University of Arizona in Tucson. “Everybody knows us now,” he said. “This is our second home, so we just feel welcome, and it would be a blessing if I become the No. 1 pick and stay here and make this home.” Ayton said teaming with young Suns star Devin Booker would be “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.” There hasn’t been much winning in Phoenix lately. The Suns have missed the playoffs eight years in a row, and they had the NBA’s worst record last season at 21-61, which was the second worst in franchise history. But there is a young core of talent, and most of those players, including Booker and Josh Jackson, watched what Ayton described as “a pretty intense” individual workout. For nearly an hour, Suns coach Igor Kokoskov and his staff put Ayton through a series of game situations, as much as possible given the fact that no other players were on the floor.
Ayton talking his workout with the Suns. pic.twitter.com/O3gu6lvzIk— Clevis Murray (@ClevisMurray) June 6, 2018