Gustavo Ayón

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Ayón and the second or maternal family name is Aguirre.
Gustavo Ayón
Gustavo Ayon, Washington at Orlando 032.jpg
Ayón with the Magic
No. 14 – Real Madrid
Position Power forward / Center
League Liga ACB
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1985-04-01) April 1, 1985 (age 31)
Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico
Nationality Mexican
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
College UPAEP (2003–2006)
NBA draft 2007 / Undrafted
Playing career 2006–present
Career history
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
2009–2011 Baloncesto Fuenlabrada
2009 Marinos de Anzoátegui
2009 Illescas
2009–2010 Tenerife Baloncesto
2011–2012 New Orleans Hornets
2012–2013 Orlando Magic
2013 Milwaukee Bucks
2013–2014 Atlanta Hawks
2014–present Real Madrid
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Gustavo Alfonso Ayón Aguirre (born April 1, 1985)[1] is a Mexican professional basketball player for Real Madrid of the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. He also represents the Mexican national basketball team in international national team competitions. Standing at 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), he plays at the center and power forward positions. Ayon was an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in 2016.

College career[edit]

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.[2] Following this season, he signed with NCAA Division I San Jose State University.[2] However, Ayón never played for the Spartans, instead choosing to sign with a Mexican professional team, Halcones UV Xalapa.[3]

Professional career[edit]

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.[4] 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.[3] 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.[3] 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.[5]

Following the 2008–09 season, Ayón signed with Baloncesto Fuenlabrada of the Spanish League.[6] In November 2011, Ayón was named the ACB Player of the Month.

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.[7]

On July 11, 2012, Ayón was traded to the Orlando Magic in a sign-and-trade deal for Ryan Anderson.[8]

On February 21, 2013, Ayón was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks along with guards Ish Smith and J. J. Redick for guards Beno Udrih and Doron Lamb and forward Tobias Harris.[9]

On July 25, 2013, he was waived by the Bucks.[10]

On July 29, 2013, Ayón was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Hawks.[11] On February 12, 2014, Ayón scored a career high 18 points in an 83-104 loss to the Toronto Raptors.[12] 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.[13]

On September 23, 2014, Ayón signed a two-year deal with Real Madrid.[14] In 2014–15 season, Real Madrid won the EuroLeague, after defeating Olympiacos, by a score of 78–59 in the final game.[15] 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.[16]

Ayón was named the EuroLeague MVP of the Week in the first week of the playoffs in the 2014–15 season[17] and in week nine of the regular season for 2015–16.[18]

On January 4, 2016, Ayón was named the EuroLeague MVP of the Month for December 2015.[19] On May 6, 2016, he was named to the All-EuroLeague Second Team for the 2015–16 Euroleague season.[20] In May 2016, he was named the Player of the Month in the Liga ACB.[21]

On July 14, 2016, Ayón signed a new three-year contract with Real Madrid.[22]

International career[edit]

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.[1]

In 2013, Ayón led Mexico to victory in the gold medal game against Puerto Rico at the FIBA Americas Championship. Ayón was named the MVP of the tournament.[23]

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.[24] 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).

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  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
 Bold  Career high

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

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 New Orleans 54 24 20.1 .536 .000 .619 4.9 1.4 1.0 .9 5.9
2012–13 Orlando 43 3 13.3 .536 .000 .500 3.3 1.4 .3 .3 3.6
2012–13 Milwaukee 12 0 13.6 .595 .000 .083 4.9 1.0 .8 .3 4.3
2013–14 Atlanta 26 14 16.5 .510 .000 .400 4.8 1.1 1.0 .4 4.3
Career 135 41 16.7 .536 .000 .504 4.4 1.3 .7 .5 4.7

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2013 Milwaukee 3 0 2.3 .500 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 1.3
Career 3 0 2.3 .500 .000 .000 .0 .0 .0 .0 1.3

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2014–15 Real Madrid 29 23 18.7 .623 .000 .794 4.5 1.9 1.1 .6 8.1 11.7
2015–16 27 27 26.1 .622 .000 .619 7.9 2.3 1.8 1.3 11.6 18.4
Career 56 50 22.3 .622 .000 .669 6.1 2.1 1.4 .9 9.8 14.9

Domestic leagues[edit]

Season Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006 Halcones de Xalapa Mexico LNBP 6 12.8 .820 .000 .500 3.7 .8 .3 1.5 6.3
2007 Vaqueros CIBACOPA ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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 ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
2009-10 CB Illescas LEB Plata 8 24.1 .811 .000 .667 9.3 .8 2.1 .6 15.5
Tenerife CB LEB Oro 27 24.8 .584 .211 .770 6.8 1.0 1.9 1.4 9.7
2010-11 Baloncesto Fuenlabrada Liga ACB 35 22.1 .663 .000 .603 6.5 1.3 1.5 1.4 10.8
2011-12 10 28.4 .676 .000 .808 8.1 1.6 1.6 .6 15.9
2014-15 Real Madrid 39 18.2 .575 -- .631 5.0 1.3 .8 .6 7.4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "FIBA.com: 2009 FIBA Americas Championship for Men Player profile". Puertorico2009.fiba.com. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  2. ^ a b "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. 
  3. ^ a b c [1] Archived November 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "Halcones UV Xalapa, Ayon celebrate Mexican title after edging Soles in OT". Sportando.net. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  6. ^ "Baloncesto Fuenlabrada S.A.D". Baloncestofuenlabrada.com. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  7. ^ "Fuentes: El mexicano Gustavo Ayón firma con New Orleans - ESPN: Deportes". Espndeportes.espn.go.com. 2008-01-01. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  8. ^ "Magic Acquire Gustavo Ayon From Hornets". NBA.com. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bucks Acquire J.J. Redick, Gustavo Ayon and Ish Smith from Magic". NBA.com. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Bucks Request Waivers on Gustavo Ayon". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 25, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "HAWKS AWARDED GUSTAVO AYON OFF WAIVERS". NBA.com. July 29, 2013. Retrieved July 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ Notebook: Raptors 104, Hawks 83
  13. ^ "GUSTAVO AYON INJURY UPDATE". NBA.com. February 28, 2014. Retrieved February 28, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Real Madrid officially signs Gustavo Ayon to a two-year deal". Sportando.com. September 23, 2014. Retrieved September 23, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Real Madrid is Euroleague champion for record ninth time!". euroleague.net. 17 May 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  16. ^ "Real Madrid make it 4 out of 4". marca.com (in Spanish). 24 June 2015. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  17. ^ Playoffs Game 1 bwin MVP: Gustavo Ayon, Real Madrid
  18. ^ Regular Season, Round 9 MVP: Gustavo Ayon, Real Madrid
  19. ^ MVP for December: Gustavo Ayon, Real Madrid
  20. ^ All-Euroleague First and Second Teams announced
  21. ^ Gustavo Ayon is MVP of the month in Spain
  22. ^ Real Madrid re-signs All-Euroleague center Ayon
  23. ^ "FIBA Americas 2013 championship results: Mexico takes FIBA Americas title with thrilling win over Puerto Rico". SBNation.com. Retrieved 2013-11-12. 
  24. ^ Mexico wins home Centrobasket 2014

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