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Portland Trail Blazers Reportedly Believe Deandre Ayton is a Top-5 Center in the NBA

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The view around the league is that the Portland Trail Blazers reportedly see new acquisition Deandre Ayton “in the vein of a top-five center” in the NBA, according to Yahoo Sports’ Vincent Goodwill.

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Portland acquired the former Suns’ No. 1 overall pick in this three-team trade on Wednesday:

  • Bucks Receive: Damian Lillard
  • Blazers Receive: Jrue Holiday, Deandre Ayton, Toumani Camara, 2029 1st round pick via Bucks and two pick swaps with the Bucks
  • Suns Receive: Jusuf Nurkić, Nassir Little, Keon Johnson and Grayson Allen

Ayton will make the seventh-most money this season among centers if you include Anthony Davis and Karl-Anthony Towns. However, Goodwill did not include Davis and Towns as centers in this story.

Here are some other centers to consider in this ranking:

  • Nikola Jokic
  • Joel Embiid
  • Domantas Sabonis
  • Bam Adebayo
  • Brook Lopez
  • Nikola Vučević
  • Rudy Gobert

Here’s a top-15 list by Hoops Hype which puts Ayton at 10 and doesn’t feature new Suns’ center Jusuf Nurkić.

Yesterday, Portland posted a video where Ayton looked extremely happy in the team’s facility.

He will have the opportunity to have a much bigger role with the Blazers than he’s had with Phoenix the past few years.

Will he be able to make the most of it and overcome his struggles?

Deandre Ayton Appears to Be Extremely Happy in Portland

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Brendan Mau is a senior writer covering the Phoenix Suns and more for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on X via @Brendan_Mau

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