Suns’ Deandre Ayton Donates to Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts in the Bahamas
Buddy Hield isn’t the only young NBA star lending a helping hand to the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian’s devastation. Deandre Ayton, the Phoenix Suns center who hails from the Bahamian capital of Nassau, has also pledged $100,000 to relief efforts and is rallying broader support on behalf of those in his home country who are suffering.
“Thank you to everyone for reaching out with their prayers and concern,” Deandre wrote on Instagram. “It's been a rough few days checking in on family and friends back home, and thankfully everyone is ok. The damage back home is devastating and my heart goes out to my fellow Bahamians as we deal with the effects of Hurricane Dorian.”
The No. 1 pick in last year's NBA draft and 2018-19 All-Rookie first-teamer encouraged people in the Phoenix area to participate in a drive of supplies and donations for the Bahamas in Arizona’s capital city. He also wrote that he is “work[ing] through long-term support with the NBA Family and my partners” to aid those in need back home.
Deandre is one of five native Bahamians to ever play in the NBA and the second to be selected first overall in the draft, after the Portland Trail Blazers took Mychal Thompson (the father of Golden State Warriors All-Star Klay Thompson) with the No. 1 pick in 1978.
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