Ayton did struggle on defense in college, but he’s got the size and athleticism to improve and develop as a defender. If he can develop into a solid NBA defender, he will indeed be on a trajectory to have similarities with Embiid.
But apparently, there’s no selling Embiid on Ayton’s ceiling. Embiid’s comments should set the stage for fun on-court matchups to come. Considering Ayton is active on Twitter, perhaps they’ll battle off the court, too.