Devin Booker has made quite a name for himself in the NBA this season and continues to do so.
Moving forward, it’s obvious that Booker is a large part of the Suns future and he’s ready for it, according to Craig Grialou of ArizonaSports.com.
“I grew up being fans of all guys that were faces of franchises. The Kobe Bryants. The Dwyane Wades. Michael Jordan. I always grew up wanting to be like those guys. I know what comes with it: putting a lot of time in the gym and winning, so I know we have to win. That’s my goal,” he said, adding about the responsibility of such a distinction, “Obviously you have to know how to speak. Carry yourself in the community. Be a role model. Be involved in the community. Those are all things I feel like I do naturally.
“It’s a big statement to say ‘be a face of a franchise’ and it comes with a lot of responsibility, but I feel I’m built for it.”
He’s one of just six in NBA history to score 70+ in a game, one of four to lead their team in scoring twice before turning 21 and his getting praise from some of the league’s biggest names in coaching.
“Golden State’s Steve Kerr called Booker the “centerpiece” for the Suns future.
Dallas’ Rick Carlisle, prior to their meeting against the Suns on April 9, offered up this anecdote.
“Last summer in Las Vegas, I was out there a few times with (Harrison) Barnes with the USA team,” he said, “and one of the gyms we were working out at I saw Booker. He was in there every night for hours just working on stuff, working on stuff, working on stuff. He’s a guy that’s wired to try to be great, there’s no doubt in my mind, and he’s on his way.”
Booker would be a junior at UK this year, the same year as me. He’s making stacks while I’m writing about it. I’ll let you decide who’s winning.