We should really make a run at this guy - with his passing skills and defense i think he could be a solid guy to pair with Gasol.
Hollinger's scouting report on Gustavo Ayon:
+ Fundamentally sound big man who excels moving without ball.
+ 'B' athlete, but a strong help defender with great instincts and reactions.
+ Limited shooting range and ball skills. Not a creator but can finish.
What a find this guy was. Rescued from the Spanish League by the New Orleans front office, Ayon almost immediately proved to be one of the Hornets' best players.
Offensively, he shot well in the basket area with the aid of one particularly sneaky move: On pick-and-rolls on the opposite side of the floor, he would duck in along the baseline while his man had his head turned, catch, pivot and make a reverse layup. He'd beat teams with this twice a game, boosting an otherwise anemic stat line offensively.
On defense, he was something of a coach's dream. Ayon ranked ninth among power forwards in blocks per minute, second in steals, and in the top third in rebound rate. He's tough, mobile, a solid flopper, and big enough to play center in a pinch. He wasn't as strong on the ball as he was in help situations, as opposing bigs got their numbers against him, but he was a huge disruptor and helped on the boards to boot.
Edited by DanishLakerFan, July 27, 2013 - 12:00 AM.