Deandre Ayton sets goal only twice achieved in Suns’ history for his rookie season
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By Keith M. Scheessele

Expectations are high for Deandre Ayton and the Phoenix Suns as the top pick in last month’s NBA Draft enters his rookie season. And he’s fine with that.

In fact the front court piece that many Suns fans are banking on being the answer to closing out a historic postseason drought is putting some very lofty goals for himself. That is an All-Star Game appearance in season one.

“I’m trying to be Rookie of the Year and the first rookie [since Blake Griffin] to be an All-Star,” Ayton told Yahoo Sports this week. “Just putting that pressure on me so I can go hard everyday. I won’t necessarily say it’s pressure. I’ll just say it’s one of my goals or one of the achievements I hope to accomplish. It’s no pressure at all, it’s just, you’ve got to be in the gym, you’ve got to work, because if you don’t, it’s going to be exposed.”

If Ayton does garner All-Star honors in 2019, he’d be the first Sun to participate in February’s showcase since Steve Nash in 2012. His was the last in a run that included 19 selections since 2000 All-Star...

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