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Deandre Ayton is glad he can finally enjoy comfortable flights

DeAndre Ayton

Phoenix Suns rookie Deandre Ayton is a very tall individual coming in at 7-foot-1. Although it is good for basketball, it can cause some problems off the court.

“Growing up, sitting in the regular flight seat, it was very (difficult),” Ayton said via ABC 15’s Jason Snavely. “Playing basketball, you tend to get a little tendonitis.”

After being selected with the first pick by the Suns, Ayton can now bid farewell to that aircraft issue. He will be flying charter on team trips, and when he is traveling for personal business he can afford first class.

“Now I’m in the NBA, so I can afford to get a great seat now,” he said with a laugh. “That’s the benefit about it.”

Ayton has always been taller than most, even from a young age. But it has never been something that bothered him. Instead, he has always embraced it.

“It’s fun. I embrace it,” Ayton said. “I’ve never had a growth spurt but I’ve always been tall, and people admire it.”

Now in the NBA, he is still going to be taller than most. He’ll be seeing similar giants on the court, but he has other skills that are going to help him succeed. On offense, he can do plenty of things and has been working hard this summer to work on his post moves while developing his mid-range shot.

On defense, there are still questions, but if he can just be an average defender, he has the chance to be the next superstar with his skill set on offense.