Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Credit Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns has entered health and safety protocols, the team said Monday.

Deandre Ayton

Deandre  Ayton
Team: Phoenix Suns
Position: C, PF
Age: 23
Height: 211 cm
Weight: 113 kg
Birth place: Nassau, Bahamas

Ayton is now the third Suns player in the protocols, joining Jae Crowder and Elfrid Payton, along with head coach Monty Williams.

The first pick in the 2018 draft out of Arizona, Ayton is averaging 17.0 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

Veteran JaVale McGee is likely to sub for Ayton in the starting lineup. McGee has acquitted himself well, playing in all 32 of the Suns' games with an average of 10.5 points and 7.4 rebounds a game. He has made eight starts.

The Suns entered Monday night's game with the visiting Memphis Grizzlies as the second seed in the Western Conference with a 26-6 record. They are scheduled to host Oklahoma City on Wednesday night and travel to Boston for a New Year's Eve game.

Also on Monday, the NBA changed the length a vaccinated and asymptomatic player must quarantine from 10 to six days.

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Deandre Ayton

Deandre  Ayton
Deandre  Ayton
MIN: 30.7
PTS: 17 (63.31%)
REB: 11.08
As: 1.63
ST: 0.79
BL: 0.83
TO: 1.75
GM: 24