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SI Calls Devin Booker the Suns’ Silver Lining

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When Eric Bledsoe tore his meniscus on Christmas Day, the Suns’ season seemed to be a wash.  When Bledsoe’s door closed on the 2016 season, a door of opportunity opened for Devin Booker.

The rookie became the youngest player to ever start for the Phoenix Suns at only 19 years old.  He’s been nothing short of spectacular, averaging 15.4 points per game as a starter, scoring a career-high 32 points earlier this week.

Booker is an above 40% shooter as a pick-and-roll ballhandler, per Synergy Sports. He’s been an absolute terror in transition as well, blurring past defenders lethargically retreating from one end of the floor to another. “It’s a combination of strength and feel that he’s been better at doing this year,” GM Pat Connelly says. “It’s been a nice development. In time we thought it would come.”

The praise from the GM is great for job security.  It’s also nice hearing positivity from the media, especially an outlet as respected as Sports Illustrated, but nothing is quite like receiving praise from the players you grew up watching in the NBA.

His quick start has turned heads across the league. “Klay said, ‘Man, it feels like I’m looking in a mirror,’” Booker says. This summer, he bumped into Rip Hamilton, a childhood paragon for moving off the ball. “Rip was like, ‘I like your game,’” Booker says. “You expect them to watch basketball but not to watch you and actually like your game when you’ve been watching them your whole life. KD said [during a game], ‘What’s up, Book?’ I don’t know how he knew everybody calls me Book.”

With the all-star break looming, Booker will have the second half of the season to prove he’s right where he belongs.

You should DEFINITELY read the Sports Illustrated article that dives into Booker’s past, showing how he grew from watching his father play in Italy, to earning his first start at Kentucky.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for SI Calls Devin Booker the Suns’ Silver Lining

  1. damage_control
    10:01 pm January 22, 2016 Permalink

    Cavs just fired David Blatt- another bidder in the Cal sweepstakes this offseason? Wierd timing though? A bit too long left in the season and much too successful a squad to interim it the rest of the way through the playoffs so hopefully they already have someone else locked up.

    • WeareBBN
      10:26 pm January 22, 2016 Permalink

      They actually fired him hours ago and name Lue the new coach and gave Lou a 5 year deal. No Cal news here.

    • damage_control
      10:47 pm January 22, 2016 Permalink

      How long was Blatt’s deal for? And who the hell is Lue?!? You sure bout that skippy?

    • damage_control
      10:51 pm January 22, 2016 Permalink

      I’ll save you the Google- Blatt signed a 3 year deal a yr and a half ago. I know who Lue is- all I’m saying is he’s never been a head coach before and he’s 38 yrs old. Not exactly 100% he’s their long term guy.

    • WeareBBN
      10:51 pm January 22, 2016 Permalink

    • WeareBBN
      10:55 pm January 22, 2016 Permalink

      Only thing that was not confirmed is how long a deal, some said 3 years and some said 5 for Lue. Either way they feel he is the right coach to give a multi year deal to the guy.

    • damage_control
      8:34 am January 23, 2016 Permalink

      3 yrs, $9 million- lol sounds like a band aid that can be ripped off painlessly to me if they want to bail after the season.

  2. jahanc2uky
    10:07 pm January 22, 2016 Permalink

    KG actually called Devin “Rook”