Devin Booker is going into his second year in the league and his second year with the Suns. There is a lot of hype around Booker because of what he was able to do towards the end of last season. Booker let everyone know that he was ready for the spotlight. Now who is Devin Booker and why is he the next NBA superstar?
Devin Booker went to the University of Kentucky for one year and was drafted 13th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2015 NBA draft. The Suns drafted him so high because the sky is the limit for Booker. He has so much potential and he showcased that at the end of last season. Booker is a knock-down shooter. He averaged 13.8 points along with 2.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists.
Booker is so hyped now that is hard to know if he will live up to the hype. While he did manage to be the 4th fastest player to reach 1,000 points.
Of the four players, Booker reached 1,000 points in the third fewest games.
- James was 19 and 41 days old; took 49 games
- Durant was 19 and 146 days old; took 52 games
- Bryant was 19 and 147 days old; took 97 games
- Booker is 19 and 162 days old; took 74 games
Lebron drives to the paint and commands attention and unlike Booker, there was no doubt that Lebron was a superstar on his first day in the NBA. Durant has a high release because of his 7’5 wingspan and that has made him almost unstoppable on offense because he can either shoot right over you or take you to the paint and get a layup.
You could compare Kobe and Booker because of their similar shooting percentages in their first years in the league (about 42%), but it’s not fair to compare a young second-year player to a legend. The way Booker reached 1,000 points was different because he had a low number of assists and rebounds. But I have a feeling that those numbers will increase with more time in the league.
There is no proven talent in Phoenix besides Devin Booker and Eric Bledsoe, but Bledsoe has already proven himself and has hit his ceiling. This is only Booker’s second year in the league and he is looking to improve. I expect Booker to excel in almost every category of the stat sheet this year.
There is one problem that might hold Booker back from reaching his potential in Phoenix and that problem is one that has already been stated in this article: there is no other proven talent in Phoenix besides Eric Bledsoe. While Phoenix does have Dragan Bender and Tyler Ulis, they have yet to prove themselves yet. Tyson Chandler is nice to have in the paint but he is past his prime and will put up average numbers.
Devin Booker is the light at the end of the tunnel for a Phoenix fan. He is the future of the franchise and a future superstar. If Booker can overcome the rough circumstances in Phoenix, then he will reach his full potential and will be able to carry the franchise past what Eric Bledsoe has could do. Watch out for this young man soon.