After a supremely successful sophomore campaign, Devin Booker has caught the attention of the entire NBA. The University of Kentucky product averaged over 22 points per game during the 2016-17 season on his way to being the Suns’ leading scorer, just edging out fellow guard Eric Bledsoe.
While the Phoenix Suns have not been the most competitive team in the league over the past two years, with a combined record of just 47-117, Booker has been a much needed bright spot.
At just 20-years-old, Booker already has etched his name in the NBA record books by recording the highest scoring game of the year last season, when he dropped an impressive 70 points on the Boston Celtics.
Last year saw Booker receiving praise from the likes of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, the latter of which predicted Booker will be a future All-Star on Uninterrupted’s Open Run podcast. While it is far from a guarantee, Devin Booker has certainly put himself in a position where he has the opportunity to make the All-Star game for years to come.
Near the end of last season, Suns Head Coach Earl Watson made a comparison that undoubtedly made Sun Devil fans smile. “I don’t know if I’ve said this publicly before, but (Booker) reminds me a lot of James Harden,” he proclaimed in an interview with the Arizona Republic. Harden, the former Sun Devil, has made five All-Star games during his tenure in the NBA thus far and continues to be one of the best shooters in the league.
While much remains to be seen in regards to the direction of this young Phoenix team (last year during a game against the Brooklyn Nets, the Suns started the youngest starting five players in NBA history), one thing is certain– if the Suns hope to make a splash in the standings this season, they will need Devin Booker to play his way in to the All-Star game in 2018.