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Phoenix Suns Center Deandre Ayton Purchases 500 Tickets for Fans for Sunday's WNBA Finals Game 1

October 9, 2021 - Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) - Phoenix Mercury News Release

PHOENIX - To show his support for the three-time WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury in their playoff run, Phoenix Suns center and 2018 No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton has purchased a block of 500 tickets for Game 1 of the WNBA Finals between the Mercury and Chicago Sky at Footprint Center this Sunday, October 10 at NOON PT. Those tickets will be available to be claimed on a first-come, first-served basis by fans who stop by the table located on the plaza in front of Footprint Center beginning at 10:30 a.m. PT.

Ayton, who has attended multiple Mercury games during his time with the Suns, most recently Game 4 of the WNBA Semifinals earlier this week, has been a strong supporter of the WNBA and a huge fan of Mercury guard Diana Taurasi. During his rookie season in 2018, Ayton spoke about meeting Taurasi for the first time.

Entering his fourth season with the Suns, Ayton is coming off a 2020-21 season in which the 6-11 center averaged 14.4 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 69 games. The former University of Arizona standout helped lead the Suns to a Western Conference title and an appearance in the 2021 NBA Finals this offseason, averaging 15.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks during the 2020-21 postseason. Ayton tallied 14 double-doubles for Phoenix during the team's Finals run, the second-most double-doubles by a Suns player in a single postseason, trailing only Charles Barkley (22).

2020 Tokyo Olympic gold medalists Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins-Smith return to Phoenix this summer, as the trio attempts to lead the Mercury to a WNBA-record tying fourth championship in 2021.

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