Suns guard Devin Booker becomes 9th player under 25 to reach 9,000 points

Apr 17, 2021, 8:03 PM | Updated: 8:21 pm
(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)...
(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker has once again placed himself among the NBA scoring legends.

In the second quarter against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, the 24-year-old became the ninth player in league history to reach 9,000 career points before turning 25.

He joins the company of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant, Tracy McGrady, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Shaquille O’Neal and Anthony Davis to reach this mark at such age, according to ESPN.

He was the fifth-youngest of the group to do so, according to the Suns.

Booker, in his sixth season, needed eight points on Saturday to reach the 9,000 mark. He is averaging 25.7 points per game this season, slightly below his 26.6 average over both of the last two seasons.

His name is part of this elite company for every single millennium mark since he joined the league at the age of 18.

Booker was the fourth-youngest to reach 1,000 points (James, Bryant, Durant), third-youngest to 2,000 (James, Durant), fourth-youngest to 3,000 (James, Durant, Anthony), third-youngest to 4,000 (James, Durant) and fifth-youngest to 5,000 (James, Durant, Anthony, Dwight Howard), according to the Suns.

He was the eighth-youngest to 6,000, fourth-youngest to 7,000 and ninth-youngest to 8,000.

The Suns struggled to get going offensively in the first half against the Spurs, going into the break trailing 64-45.

Tune to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station to listen to the action of the second half.

Penguin Air

Phoenix Suns

A basketball on the court during the game between the Washington Wizards and the Phoenix Suns at Ca...
Arizona Sports

Suns’ Ryan Resch becomes first openly gay basketball operations executive in NBA history

Ryan Resch, the Suns VP of basketball strategy and evaluation, became the first openly gay basketball operations executive in NBA history. 
1 day ago
Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram (14)...
Kevin Zimmerman

Deandre Ayton still Suns’ priority, says GM: ‘We want to keep it together’

Suns general manager James Jones said nothing has changed on the Deandre Ayton front over the past several weeks, from his seat at least.
2 days ago
General manager, James Jones of the Phoenix Suns before Game One of the Western Conference Second R...
Kellan Olson

GM James Jones clarifies ESPN article on Phoenix Suns’ draft strategy

Suns GM James Jones clarified an ESPN article that painted a detailed picture of the team's unorthodox practices in the NBA Draft.
2 days ago
NBA draft prospects pose for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, center, before the start of...
Kevin Zimmerman

NBA Draft live blog: Pistons deal for C Jalen Duren in trade-heavy night

Visit for Phoenix Suns coverage as they stand pat without a draft pick or move into the Thursday action.
2 days ago
Tari Eason poses for photos on the red carpet during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June ...
Kevin Zimmerman

Paolo Banchero steals the show on 2022 NBA Draft red carpet

May all the green room invitees at the 2022 NBA Draft have as colorful of careers as they do draft-day getups.
2 days ago
Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (42) shoots during the first half of Game 1 of the WNBA bask...
Nikash Nath

Suns’ Monty Williams: ‘It is time for (Brittney Griner) to come home’

Suns head coach Monty Williams on Thursday urged those to continue to keep pushing for Brittney Griner's safe return home.
3 days ago
Suns guard Devin Booker becomes 9th player under 25 to reach 9,000 points