PHOENIX SUNS

Suns’ Devin Booker ranks in ESPN’s top 10 NBA stars under 25

Mar 7, 2018, 2:35 PM | Updated: 7:09 pm
(AP Photo/Brandon Dill)...
(AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
(AP Photo/Brandon Dill)

The Phoenix Suns are a young team.

In fact, they boast one of the youngest rosters in the league. Of course that means there are a lot of questions about the direction of the franchise moving forward.

But one young player who falls into the ‘answer’ column as opposed to the ‘question’ one is third-year guard Devin Booker.

The former first-round pick has continued his development in all areas of his game. He’s become a better defender, a more efficient shooter and has even branched out in his play-making duties, often running the point for the Suns’ offense.

He’s still only 21 years of age.

In a league full of young talent, Booker ranks among the game’s brightest under-25 stars, according to ESPN.com. A three-person panel comprised of Kevin Pelton, Bobby Marks and Chris Herring each ranked their top 25 NBA players that fit the age criteria, and Booker landed tied for ninth place on the list.

Marks wrote:

Put Booker on a team competing for a playoff spot, and the 21-year-old would likely be in consideration for All-NBA honors while earning a spot in last month’s All-Star Game. While Phoenix is headed to the lottery once again, Booker has emerged as one of the top shooting guards in the NBA. Not only is he averaging a career-best 25 PPG, but he’s doing so as teams continue to devise game plans against him.

Booker currently ranks ninth in the league in scoring and has posted 21 games of 30 or more points this season — which is tied for the fourth-most with James Harden of Houston and Portland’s Damian Lillard.

The Kentucky product has done this while improving his field goal percentage, three-point shooting, effective field goal percentage, rebounding, assists and free throw shooting.

Booker is tied on ESPN’s list with Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, a rookie who is actually 53 days older.

The list was topped by Milwaukee’s freak of nature, Giannis Antetokounmpo. The top five was rounded out by New Orleans big man Anthony Davis, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Denver center Nikola Jokic.

Penguin Air

Comments

Comment guidelines: No name-calling, personal attacks, profanity, or insults. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate comments by reporting abuse.
comments powered by Disqus

Phoenix Suns

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at the start of the the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 23...
Associated Press

2022-23 NBA schedule clears Election Day of games

The NBA's schedule for the coming season will have all 30 teams playing on Nov. 7, the night before the midterm elections.
24 hours ago
Deandre Ayton #22 of the Phoenix Suns and Dwight Powell #7 of the Dallas Mavericks jump for the ope...
Kellan Olson

Phoenix Suns get rematch vs. Mavericks on opening night, per report

The Phoenix Suns' regular season will begin at home against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 19, according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.
2 days ago
The Phoenix Suns mascot "The Gorilla" on the court before NBA game against the Golden State Warrior...
Arizona Sports

Report: Phoenix Suns to play Denver Nuggets on Christmas Day

The Phoenix Suns will head to Denver to face the Nuggets on Christmas Day this upcoming season, Mike Singer of the Denver Post reported. 
3 days ago
Bill Russell, left, star of the Boston Celtics is congratulated by coach Arnold "Red" Auerbach afte...
Kevin Zimmerman

NBA retires No. 6 jerseys, to add jersey patch honoring late Bill Russell

Bill Russell's No. 6 jersey is the first to be retired across the NBA. Players will wear the patch on the shoulders this year.
6 days ago
Devin Booker #1 of the Phoenix Suns reacts during the first half of Game One of the Western Confere...
Kevin Zimmerman

ESPN’s NBA staff still mighty high on 2022-23 Phoenix Suns

If you were wondering why the Suns have attacked the offseason with tinkering, it might be time to remember the past two full seasons.
7 days ago
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) is tackled by Philadelphia Eagles safety Marc...
Arizona Sports

Larry Fitzgerald, Pedro Gomez in 2022 Arizona Sports Hall of Fame class

Arizona Cardinals legend Larry Fitzgerald and late journalist Pedro Gomez are among the 2022 class entering the Arizona Sports Hall of Fame.
7 days ago
Suns’ Devin Booker ranks in ESPN’s top 10 NBA stars under 25