College: University of Puebla
Birthplace: Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico
Years Pro: 1 years
PERSONAL ... Pronounced goo-STAH-voh eye-OWN…Just the third Mexican-born player in NBA history (Horacio Llamas, Eduardo Najera)…Married in 2011 and couple gave birth to first son on Mar. 30, 2012…A member of the Mexican National Team, playing in the 2007 and 2009 FIBA Americas Championship…Contemplated attending San Jose State at the age of 20, but chose to play in Mexico…Attended the University of Puebla from 2003-06.
2012-13 SEASON: Appeared in 54 games during his second NBA season, averaging 3.6 points 3.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 13.1 minutes per game … traded from Orlando to Milwaukee along with J.J. Redick and Ish Smith on Feb. 21 … saw action in 43 games (3 starts) for the Magic with averages of 3.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game … made 11 appearances in a Bucks uniform, where his numbers increased to 3.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest … made his Bucks debut on March 6 at the L.A. Clippers and tallied two points in four minutes of action … scored in double figures three times on the season, including 12 points in just his second appearance in a Bucks uniform on March 10 at Sacramento … posted two double-doubles on the season, including a career-high-tying 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. Portland on Feb. 10 … missed 10 games due to injury, including one with a sprained left thumb (11/2) and nine due to a right thigh contusion (12/31, 1/5-20).
2011-12 SEASON: Played in 54 games during his rookie campaign with New Orleans, averaging 5.9 ppg., 4.9 rpg. and 1.4 apg. in 20.1 minpg….Shot a team-high .536 (140-261) from the field…Started in 24 games, averaging 8.3 ppg., 6.4 rpg., 2.0 apg., 1.38 stlpg. and 1.08 blkpg. in 28.5 minpg. during that span…Ranked in the top ten among all NBA rookies in field goal percentage (second), rebounding (fifth), blocked shots (fifth, 0.85 blkpg.) and steals (seventh, 0.98 stlpg.)…Also ranked 17th in assists and 19th in scoring…Led (or tied) the Hornets in rebounding nine times and in assists twice...Scored in double figures 11 times, including a career-high 16 points twice, the last time on Mar. 15 vs. Washington…Pulled down 10+ rebounds five times and recorded two double-doubles…Tallied a career-high 17 rebounds on Feb. 22 @ Cleveland…Notched first career double-double with 12 points and 12 boards on Feb. 15 @ Milwaukee…Had at least one blocked shot 30 times and two-or-more blocks 11 times, including a career-high four blocks on Apr. 24 @ Golden State…Recorded at least one steal in 34 outings, including a career-high four steals on Mar. 12 vs. Charlotte…Made first NBA start on Feb. 6 vs. Detroit, recording four points, nine rebounds, two blocks and one steal in 32 minutes…Scored his first NBA points on Jan. 7 @ Dallas…Made his NBA debut on Jan. 1 @ Sacramento, logging two minutes of action…Missed one game due to a concussion and one game due to a sore left foot…Also missed three games due to personal reasons (birth of his son)…DNP-CD seven times.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Was not drafted by an NBA franchise…Signed as a free agent with New Orleans (Dec. 21, 2011)…Traded by New Orleans to Orlando in exchange for Ryan Anderson in a sign-and-trade deal (Jul. 11, 2012).
OVERSEAS CAREER: Played two seasons (2009-11) in the ACB League, Spain's top division, which is widely regarded as the best domestic league outside of the NBA, with Fuenlabrada…Named the 2010-11 ACB "Best Newcomer" after averaging 10.8 ppg. and 6.3 rpg. in 22.6 minpg., while shooting 67 percent from the floor in 33 games…In 2009, played with Vaqueros de Agua Prieta in Venezuela, winning the domestic championship…Also played professionally in Mexico for three seasons (2006-09) with Halcones de Xalapa, leading them to back-to-back championships in 2007-08 and 2008-09…Was a Mexican League All-Star in 2009.
- Bobcats Highlights: Ayon JumperNikola Vucevic feeds a bounce pass to Gustavo Ayon, who lands the turnaround jumper.
- Mavs Highlights: Ayon Crosses DirkMagic big man Gustavo Ayon makes a nice move and blows by Dirk Nowitzki for two.
- Bobcats Highlights: Ayon PutbackGustavo Ayon gets the rebound and puts it back in with a quick hook.
- Ayon's ReverseGustavo Ayon puts in the reverse layup off the feed from Greivis Vasquez.
- Steal and SlamMarreese Speights strips Gustavo Ayon underneath the bucket and slams it in.