Phoenix Suns basketball

Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton looks toward the scoreboard during the second quarter against the Washington Wizards in Phoenix, March 27, 2019.

Deandre Ayton led all rookies in rebounds per game, double-doubles and field goal percentage, and could have an award to show for it.

The Suns' No. 1 overall draft pick last year and a former Arizona Wildcat standout, Ayton on Friday was announced as one of three finalists for the NBA's Rookie of the Year award. The NBA awards show is June 24 at 6 p.m. on TNT. The other Rookie of the Year candidates are Mavericks star Luka Doncic and Hawks sharpshooter Trae Young.

Ayton averaged 16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds while logging 39 double-doubles and shooting 58.5% from the field, the 10th-best shooting mark in the league.

He was the 12th rookie since 1985 to average at least 15 points and 10 rebounds; 10 won Rookie of the Year. The most previous to do so was Karl-Anthony Towns in 2016.

Ayton's averages were just below those as a freshman at Arizona, but his game seemed to translate just fine to the NBA. Ayton became the first rookie since Hakeem Olajuwon in 1984 to shoot 80% from the floor with at least 20 shot attempts when he scored a career-high 33 points on 16-of-20 shooting against the Nuggets on Dec. 29.

Young averaged 19.1 points, 8.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds while starting 81 games for Atlanta. He shot 41.8% from the field and 32.4% from 3; he was second among rookies in free-throw percentage at 82.8%. Doncic led all rookies with 21.2 points per game for Dallas, while grabbing 7.8 rebounds a game and averaging six assists. Doncic ranked second in rebounds for a rookie behind Ayton.

Ayton would join Damon Stoudamire (1996) as the only former Arizona Wildcats to win Rookie of the Year.