Ayón with the Magic.
|No. 14 – Real Madrid|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
April 1, 1985 |
Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Undrafted|
|2006||Halcones de Xalapa|
|2007||Vaqueros de Agua Prieta|
|2007–2008||Halcones de Xalapa|
|2008||Dorados de Playa del Carmen|
|2008–2009||Halcones de Xalapa|
|2009||Marinos de Anzoátegui|
|2011–2012||New Orleans Hornets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Gustavo Alfonso Ayón Aguirre (born April 1, 1985) is a Mexican professional basketball player for Real Madrid of the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. He also represents the senior Mexican national basketball team in international national team competitions. Standing at a height of 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), he plays at the center and power forward positions. Ayon is a two−time All-EuroLeague Second Team selection.
Ayón attended Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla in Mexico for three years of college. He was named Most Valuable Player of the Mexican national college championship tournament in leading the team to the championship. Following this season, he signed with NCAA Division I San Jose State University. However, Ayón never played for the Spartans, instead choosing to sign with a Mexican professional team, Halcones UV Xalapa.
In the 2006 season, Ayón saw some action off the bench for Halcones UV Xalapa as the team finished second in the Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional. Ayón cracked the starting lineup the following season and eventually led Halcones to back-to-back Mexican league titles in 2007–08 and 2008–09. He averaged 10.2 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in 2007–08 and improved on that by averaging 13.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game the following season. In what turned out to be his final game for the team, Ayón turned in a dominant, 24-point, 20-rebound, performance in leading his club to a 94–90 overtime victory over Soles de Mexicali that clinched their second consecutive league title.
On December 2011, Ayón signed with the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA after liquidating Baloncesto Fuenlabrada with a $1.5-million buy-out clause. Ayón received a three-year contract, with the last year being a team option.
On July 25, 2013, he was waived by the Bucks.
On July 29, 2013, Ayón was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Hawks. On February 12, 2014, Ayón scored a career high 18 points in an 83-104 loss to the Toronto Raptors. On February 28, 2014, it was announced that Ayón would miss the rest of the 2013–14 season following successful surgery to repair a right shoulder injury.
On September 23, 2014, Ayón signed a two-year deal with Real Madrid. In 2014–15 season, Real Madrid won the EuroLeague, after defeating Olympiacos, by a score of 78–59 in the final game. Real Madrid eventually finished the season winning the Spanish League championship, after a 3–0 series sweep in the Spanish League finals series against Barcelona. With that trophy, Real Madrid won the triple crown.
On January 4, 2016, Ayón was named the EuroLeague MVP of the Month for December 2015. On May 6, 2016, he was named to the All-EuroLeague Second Team for the 2015–16 EuroLeague season. In May 2016, he was named the Player of the Month in the Liga ACB.
On July 14, 2016, Ayón signed a new three-year contract with Real Madrid.
Ayón has been a member of the Mexican national basketball team since 2007. He played center for the seventh placed Mexicans at the FIBA Americas Championship 2007, and the fifth placed team at the 2008 Centrobasket.
In August 2014, Ayón led Mexico to victory in the gold medal game against Puerto Rico at the 2014 Centrobasket. Ayón was named the MVP of the tournament. Later that month, he joined Mexico for the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
In 2015, Ayón was named to the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship All-Tournament Team, after tallying 17.7 points per game (2nd in the tournament), 12.4 rebounds per game (1st in the tournament), 3.5 assists per game (7th in the tournament), 1.3 steals per game (3rd in the tournament), and 1.2 blocks per game (1st in the tournament).
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
|†||Denotes seasons in which Ayón won the EuroLeague|
|2006||Halcones de Xalapa||Mexico LNBP||6||12.8||.820||.000||.500||3.7||.8||.3||1.5||6.3|
|2007–08||Halcones de Xalapa||Mexico LNBP||29||18.6||.620||.000||.620||6.7||1.7||2.0||1.9||9.6|
|2008||Dorados de Playa del Carmen||Mexico LBS||?||?||?||?||?||?||?||?||?||?|
|2008–09||Halcones de Xalapa||Mexico LNBP||42||24.7||.640||.130||.600||7.8||2.6||1.2||1.5||12.0|
|Baloncesto Fuenlabrada||Liga ACB||3||7.7||.500||--||--||1.3||1.0||.3||.3||1.3|
|2009||Marinos de Anzoátegui||Venezuela LPB||?||?||?||?||?||?||?||?||?||?|
|2010–11||Baloncesto Fuenlabrada||Liga ACB||35||22.1||.663||.000||.603||6.5||1.3||1.5||1.4||10.8|
- "FIBA.com: 2009 FIBA Americas Championship for Men Player profile". Puertorico2009.fiba.com. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "Men's basketball adds 6-foot-11 Mexican all-star". sjsuspartans.com. 20 July 2006. Archived from the original on September 28, 2011. Retrieved 25 October 2014.
-  Archived November 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Halcones UV Xalapa, Ayon celebrate Mexican title after edging Soles in OT". Sportando.net. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "Baloncesto Fuenlabrada S.A.D". Baloncestofuenlabrada.com. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "Fuentes: El mexicano Gustavo Ayón firma con New Orleans - ESPN: Deportes". Espndeportes.espn.go.com. 2008-01-01. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- "Magic Acquire Gustavo Ayon From Hornets". NBA.com. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
- "Bucks Acquire J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith from Magic". NBA.com. Retrieved 24 February 2013.
- "Bucks Request Waivers on Gustavo Ayon". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 25, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
- "HAWKS AWARDED GUSTAVO AYON OFF WAIVERS". NBA.com. July 29, 2013. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
- Notebook: Raptors 104, Hawks 83
- "GUSTAVO AYON INJURY UPDATE". NBA.com. February 28, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2014.
- "Real Madrid officially signs Gustavo Ayon to a two-year deal". Sportando.com. September 23, 2014. Retrieved September 23, 2014.
- "Real Madrid is Euroleague champion for record ninth time!". euroleague.net. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
- "Real Madrid make it 4 out of 4". marca.com (in Spanish). 24 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015.
- Playoffs Game 1 bwin MVP: Gustavo Ayon, Real Madrid.
- Regular Season, Round 9 MVP: Gustavo Ayon, Real Madrid.
- MVP for December: Gustavo Ayon, Real Madrid.
- All-Euroleague First and Second Teams announced.
- Gustavo Ayon is MVP of the month in Spain.
- Real Madrid re-signs All-Euroleague center Ayon.
- "FIBA Americas 2013 championship results: Mexico takes FIBA Americas title with thrilling win over Puerto Rico". SBNation.com. Retrieved 2013-11-12.
- Mexico wins home Centrobasket 2014