The Phoenix Suns have been on a hot streak during the NBA restart. The Suns have won their first three games and are keeping themselves in the hunt to compete for that final playoff spot.
The emergence of Devin Booker in the NBA
Booker’s basketball career started when the Phoenix Suns selected him with the 13th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft. Ryan McDonough, former Suns’ general manager, was very high on Booker. “We thought he had a lot of potential. We loved his character and work ethic, his size and his shooting ability stood out,” McDonough said. During his first year, Booker was named to the All-Rookie First Team as he averaged 13.8 points, 2.6 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game.
The next season Booker took his game to another level. He was a full-time starter, and his production on offense improved, and he averaged 22.1 points per game. During that season, he became the first Suns player to record consecutive games of 38 or more points in the regular season since Tom Chambers did it 28 years earlier. Booker showcased his scoring abilities early on in his career, and he was a player that could score in multiple ways at the shooting guard position. He also scored 28 fourth-quarter points during a game and set a Suns franchise record for most points in a quarter.
In March of 2017, Booker had a huge performance when he scored 70 points in a game. He became the sixth player in NBA history to do so. The 2016-17 season was a big one for Booker, and he continued to build on that success throughout his career.
Devin Booker making his first All-Star team
In the last few seasons, Booker has continued to establish himself as a top player in the league. One thing that Booker had yet to accomplish was to make an All-Star team. During the 2018-19 season, he was having another successful career and was in many conversations on potentially making an All-Star team.
Booker did not make the All-Star team that year, and he finished the season averaging a career-high 26.6 points per game. The next season that would change for Booker. In November of 2019, he nearly put up a triple-double with 35 points, 12 rebounds, and nine assists in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. There was a stretch where he scored over 30 points in seven straight, which broke a franchise record for most consecutive 30 plus games in a row. On January 28, he became the fourth-youngest player to reach 7,000 career points. He would make the All-Star team as an injury replacement after Damian Lillard suffered a groin industry.
Devin Booker reaching 7,500 points for his career
The Suns are one of the teams that are fighting for a playoff position. On August 4 they got a much-needed win over the LA Clippers, and Booker came through in the clutch for Phoenix hitting the game-winner to give the Suns a 117-115 victory over the Clippers. Booker scored a game-high 35 points, and he put his name in the record books as well.
He became the sixth youngest player in NBA history to score 7,500 career points. He joins an elite group of people. The five players to reach the mark at a younger age are LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, and Tracy McGrady. Booker, who is 23 years old, has a bright career ahead of him, and if he continues to keep playing like he is, he will reach many other milestones.