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Devin Booker scored a career-high 32 points last night

While you were sleeping, Devin Booker had himself quite a night. The baby-faced assassin scored a career-high 32 points in the Suns’ loss to the Pacers last night, including a career-high six threes. Booker was 9-16 from the floor, 6-13 from the three-point line, and 8-8 from the free throw line. He also threw in two assists for good measure. Here’s his shot chart from NBA.com:

With Eric Bledsoe out for the season with a torn meniscus, Booker has stepped into the starting lineup and flourished, averaging 16.9 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 33 minutes in eight games this month. His 32 points are the most by a rookie in the NBA this season, and, at only 19 years old, he’s now the third youngest player ever to have a 30-point game behind LeBron James and Kevin Durant. That’s pretty good company.

His buddy Tyler Ulis was proud, to say the least:

Congrats, Devin. Let’s celebrate by watching your highlights:

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17 Comments for Devin Booker scored a career-high 32 points last night



  1. J-Dub421
    11:18 am January 20, 2016 Permalink

    Good for Devin!



  2. somerset bill
    11:29 am January 20, 2016 Permalink

    announcer: if you are in a white jersey, don’t even think about shooting until booker touches it.



  3. ekywildcat
    11:50 am January 20, 2016 Permalink

    Really proud of DB, never thought he would be this good. Figured him for a 3-4 year player and was pi$$ed he probably caused JBJ not to commit. Would really love to have him back for another year, God knows we could use the help.



    • RC
      12:14 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

      No offense but if you watch the NBA at all you’d have known Booker was going to be a legitimate player. Have you heard of Klay Thompson? Booker is the next Klay Thompson.

      Keep in mind, Cat Fans, that two of our youngest NBA alums are absolutely killing it in The Association right now- Booker and KAT. This is a by-product of them both getting extended playing time. At the highest level of competition. Against grown-ass men.

      Kind of makes you wonder what kind of numbers Booker & KAT would’ve put up last year with the same kind of playing time. Probably pretty good numbers. But that’s just me.

      Can’t wait to read the post about the Harrison’s progress in the NBA. I’ll be over here, hitting re-fresh. At least they played great against Wisky in the NCAA tourney last season. Oh, well. Not bitter at all.



    • UK Big Board Update
      12:26 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

      You must have missed the part where Booker was ABUSED against Wisconsin.

      Cal played the best players to put us in a position to win. They didn’t. It happens.



    • kyle heavy
      2:13 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

      RC- Couldn’t agree more. Give Ulis and Booker 28-30 min. a game from day one last year and they would have been more prepared by the time the Wisconsin game rolled around. Cal did not play the best players to put us in a position to win. If he did, we would have never platooned. We only platooned so some of the sophomores would actually get drafted.



    • catdaddyd
      2:39 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

      Ulis is getting all the minutes he wants this year, how’s he doing? Shooting less than 40% from the field and 30% from three. Maybe not playing so many minutes is better.



    • RC
      2:49 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

      Oh, yeah, if this team has a glaring weakness it’s the play of Tyler Ulis. That kid is killing us.



    • kyle heavy
      2:50 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

      On a much, much worse team with absolute zero post presence most games.



    • kyle heavy
      3:07 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

      2014-15 PER 40 Minutes

      Devin Booker: 18.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 0.8 spg – 47% FG, 41% 3PT, 83% FT (19.4 PER)
      Aaron Harrison: 17.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.7 spg – 39% FG, 32% 3PT, 78% FT (17.9 PER)

      Tyler Ulis: 9.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 6.1 apg, 1.7 spg – 41% FG, 43%3PT, 81% FT (15.6 PER)
      Andrew Harrison: 14.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.6 apg – 38% FG, 38% 3PT, 79% FT (18.0 PER)

      I think most of the fanbase had more of a problem with less Booker and more Aaron Harrison. I believe most fans would agree that Andrew was the much better NBA prospect between the two Harrisons. I argue the point that rather than platooning that Booker should have gotten more time from the beginning and Ulis should have gotten more PT with the first string. Andrew’s PER reflects him getting to play with Lyles, Towns, and WCS for the majority of his minutes. Let the little wizard, Ulis, play with that team more and see what happens.



  4. RC
    1:40 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

    I remember shot clock violations and then blacking out. But I don’t think Ulis & Booker were on the court when they occurred. Could be wrong, tho.



    • ukbradstith
      2:03 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

      If you really think the Harrisons made the decision to hold the ball until the last second, you know nothing about basketball. That was 100% Cal. He’s a great coach and he’s done amazing things, but he always plays stall ball with the lead and it rarely works. If cal lets the twins run the offense and go inside to towns, we win.



    • catdaddyd
      2:42 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

      Booker couldn’t guard Dekker and after January he didn’t shoot the ball very well.



    • RC
      2:48 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

      I just re-watched the final 5 mins or so of that game. After retching violently here’s what I noticed:
      Dekker was killing EVERYONE that game. Booker? Yes. Lyles? Yes. WCS? Yes.
      One of the held-ball possessions around 2 mins to play, tied at 60, and Aaron DOES NOT FEED KAT the ball with 10 secs on the shot clock. KAT has great position on Kamisnsky but Aaron just doesn’t pass him the ball. Instead he gets it to Andrew top of the key and he drives into the lane for a wild miss.
      We’re down 3 with 24 seconds and we come out of a TO with KAT, WCS, Lyles and the Twins. WE NEED A 3 TO TIE and Cal sends out one guy (Aaron) who can make one. Why not play Ulis, Booker, the Twins and KAT for that possession?????? Instead of trying a 3 to tie the game Andrew throws the ball to KAT who draws a cheap reach-in foul against Kaminsky and he makes 1 of 2 free throws. Game over.
      Ye Gods!!!
      Time for a drink.



    • RC
      2:59 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

      FWIW
      Booker made 58 threes last year for 41%.
      Aaron made 59 at 32%.

      Ulis made 33 at 43%
      Andrew made 36 at 38%.



    • J-Dub421
      3:35 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

      Booker and Ulis played like crap against Wisconsin. That is why they were not in at the end of that game, Booker had 6 points, did not even attempt a 3, and only one rebound. Ulis had 6 points and only one assist. That’s it. That’s all their production in 17 and 19 minutes respectively. Booker was a defensive liability in that game. Wisconsin went right at Booker and scored every time they had the ball.

      Meanwhile, Aaron had 12 points and 3 rebounds. And Andrew had 13 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, and 1 block. Based on their play in that game combined with their repeated late game heroics over the course of 2 seasons, give me the Harrisons in that game, all day every day.

      It sucks that we lost to Wisconsin, but they were a very good team last season and crap happens. The Harrisons got us to a to the title game and a final four. Stop dumping on them.



  5. JusSayin
    4:22 pm January 20, 2016 Permalink

    People really don’t remember Sam Dekker abusing Devin Booker in that game?

    Plus: Of all the people to sit on the bench in a tourney game WHY would it be the twins? Aaron hit 3 game winning 3s the year before and Andrew was coming off game wining freethrows.

    That end was Cals fault for not having a backup plan for Wisconsin fronting Towns in the post. Especially since everyone saw the game plan in the Notre dame game.