Gustavo Ayon had a frustrating year, as injury limited his appearances in his first season with the Atlanta Hawks. With the departure of Zaza Pachulia to the Milwaukee Bucks last summer, the Hawks had a genuine need for someone to step up as a contributing backup center, and it seemed like Ayon would be the man to fill that void.
In his time on the court, Ayon showed that he could be a competent piece of the Hawks bench, but unfortunately that time was much less than both parties would have hoped.
A shoulder injury that started in preseason, would bring Ayon’s season to a close in February as he was forced to have surgery. The Mexican still played his part in Atlanta’s season with 26 appearances though, so let’s take a look back and evaluate Ayon’s play in 2013/14.