Before the NBA Draft last June, there were a lot of Utah Jazz fans that were hoping the Jazz organization would draft Devin Booker. The Jazz were in desperate need of a shooter and Booker would have been their saving grace. However, as we know it the Jazz went with Booker’s Kentucky teammate Trey Lyles instead. The Phoenix Suns selected Booker next, 13th overall.
It looks like both selections have worked out of for the Utah Jazz and the Phoenix Suns. Booker has been shooting 41.7 percent from the 3-point line and is the youngest player to ever participates in the NBA All-Star Three-Point contest.
“We got his buddy, Trey Lyles, on our team (and he’s) done a great job for us,” Snyder said. “But, Devin is a unique player. That skillset is one that’s very valuable in the league and he’s getting an opportunity.”
When Jazz’s power forward Derrick Favors went out with in December, Lyles was able to blossom with the extra playing time he is received.
“You get an opportunity to have more responsibility, you can kind of play through some mistakes,” Snyder said. “And it gives you a chance to really get better, and I think that’s what we’re seeing with him.”
Since Favors and center Rudy Gobert have returned from their injuries, Lyles’ playing time has been limited. The rookie went scoreless with two rebounds in five minutes of play in the Jazz’s Saturday 98-89 win over the Phoenix Suns. Booker scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter.