Gustavo Alfonso Ayón Aguirre (born April 1, 1985) is a Mexican professional basketball player for Zenit Saint Petersburg of the VTB United League 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 with the Real Madrid, in 2017.
|No. 34 – Zenit Saint Petersburg|
|Position||Center / Power forward|
|League||VTB United League|
|Born||April 1, 1985|
Zapotan, Nayarit, Mexico
|Nationality||Mexican / Spanish|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||250 lb (113 kg)|
|NBA draft||2007 / Undrafted|
|2006–2009||Halcones de Xalapa|
|2007||→Vaqueros de Agua Prieta|
|2008||→Dorados de Playa del Carmen|
|2009||→Marinos de Anzoátegui|
|2011–2012||New Orleans Hornets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Ayón attended Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla, in Mexico, for three years of college. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the Mexican College Championship Tournament, in leading his team to the National Championship.
Following that 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 team's 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 paying 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.
Return to SpainEdit
On September 23, 2014, Ayón signed a two-year deal with Spanish club Real Madrid. In the 2014–15 season, Real Madrid won the EuroLeague, after defeating Olympiacos, by a score of 78–59 in the league's finals. Real Madrid eventually finished the season by also winning the Spanish League championship, after a 3–0 series sweep in the Spanish League finals series against Barcelona. With that championship, Real Madrid thus 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 Spanish Liga ACB.
On July 14, 2016, Ayón signed a new three-year contract with Real Madrid.
In May 2018, Real Madrid won the 2017–18 EuroLeague championship, after defeating Fenerbahçe Doğuş in the final game with 85–80. Over 17 EuroLeague games, Ayón averaged 9.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.
National team careerEdit
Ayón has been a member of the senior Mexican national basketball team since 2007. He played center for the seventh placed Mexicans at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, and the fifth placed team at the 2008 Centrobasket.
In 2013, Ayón led Mexico to victory in the gold medal game against Puerto Rico at the FIBA Americas Championship. Ayón was named to the All-Tournament Team, and was named the MVP of the tournament.
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 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).
In June 2018, Ayón helped lead Mexico to a 78-70 victory over Team USA in 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualification (Americas)
|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|
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-  Archived November 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
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- "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.
- "Real Madrid is 2018 EuroLeague champion". euroleague.net. 20 May 2018. Retrieved 20 May 2018.
- "Zenit shocks market, signs Ayon!". Welcome to EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
- "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