A bit of interesting news has been swirling around the NBA rumor mill this holiday weekend, as the New York Post’s Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) published the most recent version of his “Knicks Mailbag” series, answering fan-posed questions about the New York Knicks.
In a question that was posed about Bradley Beal being a potential star that is frustrated with his current team, Berman actually steered his answer to Phoenix’s Devin Booker.
However, since Leon Rose was hired as president, the player to watch out for most is Suns combo guard Devin Booker, according to league sources.
Berman continued to say that Booker is a fan of Rose, as Rose was his agent before taking the Knicks job, and that there’s the obvious Kentucky connection with recently hired Knicks’ advisor William Wesley, aka World Wide Wes.
Booker, 23, made his first All-Star Game in February. Recent rumblings are Booker could get tired of the perennial losing in Phoenix, which is run by a thrifty owner in Robert Sarver. “I think he’ll do unbelievable,” Booker said of Rose. “One of the most genuine guys I know. One of the most honest guys I know. So I’m happy for him in his new position. I think the Knicks are in really good hands.” Last week, Rose said he’s prepared to beef up the offensively challenged Knicks through “the draft, trades and free agency.”
— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) July 4, 2020
While stating that Devin Booker could get frustrated with losing in Phoenix, there isn’t much proof at the moment that the Knicks are a better spot for winning in recent years. The Suns actually had a better record than the Knicks this season, but the allure of life in the Big Apple is hard to ignore for professional athletes. This all may be rumors for now, but it will certainly be interesting to see what materializes going into this NBA offseason.
Meanwhile, Booker continues to put up monster numbers early in his NBA career, as he’s close to joining LeBron James and Oscar Robertson as the only players to have more than one season averaging 26 points and six assists per game before turning 24. Booker averaged 26.6 points and 6.8 assists last season and is on pace to hit those marks again this season.
Devin Booker has a chance to become a LEGEND
The only players in NBA history to post multiple seasons of 26 PPG and 6 APG before turning 24:
Devin Booker (Currently avg 26.1 PPG, 6.6 APG) pic.twitter.com/ZCngOmEfXx
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) July 1, 2020
If the Suns don’t show rapid improvement, we’d all hope to see Booker moved someplace where winning is possible, both for the sake of the fans and his own; similar to what we all saw with DeMarcus Cousins in Sacramento and to a point with Anthony Davis in New Orleans. Booker is a superstar in the making and it would be a shame to see his talents wasted on bottom of the barrel teams through the prime of his career.