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Devin Booker’s Rookie Season

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The Phoenix Suns are having such a terrible year, that their best player is none other than rookie guard Devin Booker.

 

The former Kentucky star has seen a lot of playing time due to injuries to the Suns starting guards, Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe. As a rookie, Booker is averaging 24.5 minutes per game and has started 31 out of 56 games. Shooting 43% from the field, Devin is also averaging 39% from behind-the-arc and 81% at the line. He has recorded 5 games with 20 or more points, and 2 with 30 or more. His level of contribution should not be overlooked. Numbers like these are frequent within the 1st through 10th picks but to have them coming from the 13th overall pick is impressive.

Devin Booker is averaging only 11.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.9 assists per game. However, these numbers do not correctly reflect his contribution to the team. In a win over the Miami Heat this past Thursday, the young guard recorded a career-high 34 points, and shooting 52% from the field.

 

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He has grown immensely in one long Phoenix season, and has racked up accolades accordingly. He was selected to participate in the All-Star weekend’s Three Point Shootout, and even filled in for injured Noel in the Skills Challenge.

Devin Booker is young and full of talent. The Suns will have a losing record this season, but they have won in the opportunity to let Booker grow. He is set to make an incredible impact off the bench, once this team is healthy again.

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