To compare Ayton with Wendell Carter Jr., the no. 7 overall pick, in their November 21 meeting in Chicago is to illuminate the distinction between reactive and proactive defense. The box score shows Ayton (18 points, 12 rebounds, five assists) with the advantage over Carter, who grappled with foul trouble en route to a 14-point, five-rebound night in a 124-116 Bulls win. But their defensive discrepancy produced a greater impact on the game.
Love seeing Carter grouped with Jackson and Ayton. Funny how Bagley hasn’t created any waves.