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Devin Booker Advances to NBA2K Tournament Semifinals

(Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

(Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Devin Booker has apparently invested his quartine time into video games – and it’s paying off.

On Thursday night, the former Kentucky guard and current member of the Phoenix Suns laid the smackdown on Rui Hachimura in the second-round of the NBA2K Tournament, showcased on ESPN.

Using Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks, Booker made quick work of Hachimura, who actively plays for the Washington Wizards and opted to use the Los Angeles Clippers, by a final score of 71-55. Book employed a similar gameplan that he went with during his opening-round game against Michael Porter Jr. of the Denver Nuggets.

In that game, Booker went with Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks, busting out a five-out offense that included pick-and-popping Porter Jr. to death while Bucks center Brook Lopez fired up a healthy amount of triples. In round two against Hachimura, Booker substituted Giannis with the offensive brilliance of Luka and his system worked to perfection once again.

Moving onto the semifinals, Booker will take on Los Angeles Clippers forward (and ex-Lousiville big man) Montrezl Harrell. ESPN will once again air the coverage, which is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. EST on Saturday. Coincidentally, the opposite side of the bracket also features one member of the Suns and one from the Clippers, Deandre Ayton and Patrick Beverley, respectively. So there’s a chance we get an all-Suns final, but I must warn you, Beverley is unfairly good at 2K. 

Booker has been getting emotionally involved in his games and it’s made for some exciting television. Pairing him with Harrell – another NBA-fan favorite – in the semis will be more about the banter and conversation than the actual game. Neither are afraid to talk shit over a headset and I am desperate for the entertainment. (Altough I hope it’s a close game)

But when Booker isn’t spending his time playing video games to help raise money to fight against the coronavirus, he’s making impacts in other ways. Also on Thursday, it was announced that Booker became the “newest Special Olympics global ambassador,” according to Malika Andrews of ESPN.

“I am really excited about it,” Booker told ESPN. “I have always dibbled and dabbled in partnering with them. Being raised with my sister and the challenges she faces every day have always driven me.”

Booker’s younger sister, Mya, has a chromosomal abnormality that is called “microdeletion syndrome”, which can lead to intellectual disabilities.

He only spent one year in Lexington, but Booker is one of the Wildcats that the Big Blue Nation should be the most proud of.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR