Deandre Ayton Rocks Elmo Kicks For Son's Bday, Scores Season-High 30 Points
Deandre Ayton Rocks Elmo Kicks For Son's Bday Scores Season-High 30 Pts
3/7/2022 12:11 PM PT
How's this for a birthday gift? Deandre Ayton celebrated his son's first birthday by dropping 30 points ... and he did it rockin' custom Elmo kicks!
TMZ Sports has learned Ayton's team reached out to Cleveland artist Van Monroe requesting Elmo artwork for his sneakers to celebrate Deandre Jr.'s first birthday on March 6.
Monroe brought Ayton's vision to life -- delivering a dope design featuring the Sesame Street Muppet.
Aside from a painted photo of Elmo ... the Puma's also have Ayton's son's name and birthday, March 6, 2021, painted on them.
Monroe -- who tells us he was honored Deandre chose him for such a special occasion -- says it only took him 15 hours from sketch to finished product on the size 18 shoes.
Besides the birthday sneaker tribute, Ayton went off against the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, dropping 30 points for the Suns -- a season-high for the 6-foot-11 center.
A shoutout to Deandre Ayton's son celebrating his first birthday today. Pops dedicated his season-high 30 points to him. pic.twitter.com/b6JWO1XPNe— Kellan Olson (@KellanOlson) March 7, 2022 @KellanOlson
Despite the great performance, the Suns lost, 132-122 ... but that didn't stop Ayton from dedicating his best performance of the year to Jr.
"Happy birthday to my son," Ayton said post-game, "That game is dedicated to him."