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“Ayon: his search to soar in the NBA”

“Ayon: his search to soar in the NBA”

Posted by Alejandra Romo on August 26, 2013

The 2013-2014 regular NBA session is about to begin and Mexico is turning its attention to the best basketball league in the world knowing that a Mexican wants to make history.

Gustavo Ayon will play his third year alongside the best from around the world. His first year was with the New Orleans Hornets, the second year was with Orlando Magic and that same year he transferred to the Milwaukee Bucks. After a period of uncertainty, wherein there was even a possibility of signing on with FC Barcelona basketball team, he was finally hired to play the next season with the Atlas Hawks.

Ayon, also known as the “Titan”, will now have to prove himself after having publically voiced to the press his discontent for not being allowed to play more than just a few minutes.

“I hate being a spectator, be it Mexico or Europe, I want to play, so I won’t just play for 5 minutes even if it is the NBA” said the leader of the Mexican National Basketball Team who will participate starting August 30 at the preliminary international games held in Venezuela.

Ayon, weighing in at 113.4 kg and 2.08 m. tall was transferred on July 30 to the Atlanta Hawks, after the Milwaukee Bucks decided not to renew his contract. Although his new team is not favored at winning the Championship the “Titan” knows that at the age of 28 time is not on his side and more over if he wants to leave his mark and establish himself in the NBA.

Originally from Tepic, Ayon studied Communication Sciences at the Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla where he was part of the team that won the 2005 and 2006 championships. He later played in the National Professional Basketball League of Mexico on different teams, triumphing twice with “Los Halcones de Xalapa”.

By the summer of 2009 he was signed on by Alta Gestión Fuenlabrada de Espala and although at first he was passed on to CB Illescas and later to Tenerife Basketball, he returned in 2010 to play with the leading team Fuenlabrada in the ACB.

During the season he averaged 15.3 points and 4.5 blocks per game and he was acknowledged as the revelation of the year out winning four other candidates in a vote lead by coaches, athletes, the media and fans.

It was on December 18, 2011 when the New Orleans team signed him on that Ayon was awarded for his effort and perseverance becoming the third Mexican to reach the NBA. He took part in 54 games averaging 20.1 minutes, 5.9 points, and 4.9 rebounds beating the statistics of Horacio Llamas and Eduardo Najera in his first year in the league.

The road for the Mexican with the Atlanta Hawks will not be easy, even so the "Titan" assures that with the trust of his coach and the opportunity to play more minutes he will soar and prove that his coming to the NBA was not a coincidence.

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