We know the biggest NBA superstars in the past by their abbreviated names. Kobe.. MJ. Shaq. This has stayed consistent through today’s NBA. LeBron. Curry. Russ.
Soon, their will be another name to add to that list. Devin.
Devin Booker, that is. A quintessential rising star in today’s NBA, the 20 year-old Booker has torched NBA defenses and has established himself as a stud young player for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA’s Western Conference.
Drafted 14th overall out of Kentucky in the 2015 NBA Draft, he entered the NBA as a somewhat overlooked prospect. Since then, he’s proved all the doubters and teams that passed on him in that same draft wrong- improving his scoring average from 13.3 PPG (which was good enough to land him a spot on the NBA All-Rookie First Team) to an astonishing 21.1 PPG as a second year player. At just age 19, Booker became the fourth youngest player to reach 1000 career points.
Booker seems to be the whole package so far during his time in the association. Standing at 6’6″ and weighing 206 lbs., he has a competitive frame that allows him to manipulate defenses and stay in front of opposing players on defense. He can shoot three pointers at an impressive 37% clip, while also proving to be an above-average free throw shooter (83% between his first two seasons). Primarily playing the shooting guard position, Booker has proven to be a competent passer as well, averaging 3.2 assists this season.
It’s not just the stats that work well in Booker’s case, however. He possesses many intangibles that wow the fans when he takes the floor. For one, he moves away from the basketball very well. He can also score in a variety of athletic ways, and is effective under contest from defenders. Furthermore, he seems to possess the ‘clutch gene,’ nailing two buzzer-beaters this season, directly influencing victory for his team.
Booker is a rare athletic specimen that the NBA has never seen before. Given his young age, he is a player sure to wreak havoc on opposing defenses and compete for scoring titles.
Many will continue to speculate the potential of his career, but for now, we can be assured of one thing- Devin- or maybe Dev- is a rising star to keep an eye on.
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