Devin Booker’s stats in the Suns-Clippers series are insane

Apr 26, 2023, 9:05 PM | Updated: Apr 27, 2023, 6:47 am

Devin Booker dunks vs. the Clippers in Game 5...

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) dunks over Los Angeles Clippers center Mason Plumlee (44), forward Nicolas Batum (33), and guard Norman Powell (24) during the second half of Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, April 25, 2023, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

(AP Photo/Matt York)

In case you were living under a rock, Devin Booker is playing very good basketball through the first round of the NBA postseason.

Only playoff-push Jimmy Butler for the Miami Heat has a decent case over Booker as the best player league-wide so far during these playoffs.

Booker in a five-game series victory against the Los Angeles Clippers averaged 37.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.0 blocks per game. He shot 60.2% with 46.7% from three.

He leads the NBA postseason so far in points (186) and steals (13), while he’s second in minutes played (216), behind teammate Kevin Durant.

To wrap your heads around how white-hot Booker has been, in so many facets, too, here’s a rundown of just a few of his statistics from a historical perspective.

1, Part I

Booker is the only player with 45 or more points and 10 or more assists in a series-clinching win in NBA history, per ESPN Stats & Info.

1, Part II

The Suns star is the first guard in NBA playoff history to average 35 points on 60% accuracy over any five-game span, according to Stathead.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Elgin Baylor, Bernard King, Kawhi Leonard, George Mikan and Shaquille O’Neal are among the bigs who’ve done it.

2, Part I

The duo of Booker and Durant became only the second pair of teammates to hit 25 or more points in every game of a best-of-seven playoff series. The others? Baylor and Jerry West for the 1968 Los Angeles Lakers, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The five-game streak of 25-plus for the Suns’ pair ties for the longest in NBA history with the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal.

2, Part II

As of Wednesday Booker, is second in shots contested at 23.2 per game. While tracking data should be taken with a grain of salt, it’s an incredible feat for a guard to hold that ranking even in a small sample size.

That is only behind center Brook Lopez and ahead of, in order, a group of big men: Kevon Looney, Ivica Zubac, Evan Mobley, Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert, Nikola Jokic and Anthony Davis.

It’s a testament to the burden Booker carried as Russell Westbrook’s primary defender. And the results aren’t just about volume. Booker has a defensive field goal percentage of 37.1% allowed to opponents he’s contested, per’s tracking data.


Since 1997, Booker is only the third player to hit the 25-point mark in a single playoff quarter.

His Tuesday third quarter in the closeout game allowed him to join the Philadelphia 76ers’ Allen Iverson during his 2001 NBA Finals run. Iverson poured in 26 during a fourth-quarter rally in a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard posted a 25-point third quarter in a 2019 loss against the Oklahoma City Thunder.


With six 40-plus point games — two of which came in this first-round series — Booker surpassed Charles Barkley for most 40-plus-point games in playoff history. For perspective, Michael Jordan leads the charge with 38 such games, with LeBron James in a distant second with 28. It falls off quickly.

Only 10 players have hit double-digits in their careers, making Booker’s trek to six at age 26 all the more impressive. The guys with seven that he could catch soon: Butler, Stephen Curry, Westbrook, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki and King.

Booker also now holds sole possession of first in Suns franchise history with 17 games of 30 or more points.

Phoenix Suns

Frank Vogel...

Arizona Sports

Positive reactions flood social media after Suns’ hiring of head coach Frank Vogel

Twenty days after the Phoenix Suns parted ways with one head coach, they hired another with the addition of Frank Vogel on Friday.

11 hours ago

Head coach Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the second half of the NBA game agai...

Kellan Olson

Frank Vogel to be hired as Phoenix Suns head coach

The Phoenix Suns have agreed on a deal with former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel to replace Monty Williams.

11 hours ago

Mat Ishbia...

Dan Bickley

Monty Williams’ windfall raises stakes for Phoenix Suns, Mat Ishbia

NBA ownership isn’t always fun and games. In Phoenix, the plot has thickened quicker than Monty Williams’ wallet.

1 day ago

Eric Lewis, referee...

Associated Press

Referee Eric Lewis not officiating NBA Finals amid Twitter burner account investigation

Eric Lewis was not selected to referee the NBA Finals between the Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat amid an investigation.

1 day ago

Former Suns head coach Monty Williams...

Arizona Sports

Report: Pistons agree to deal with former Suns HC Monty Williams

Former Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams has agreed to a six-year deal worth $72 million to coach the Detroit Pistons.

2 days ago

Fans of the Phoenix Suns poses for photos outside of Footprint Center before Game Three of the NBA ...

Arizona Sports

Phoenix City Council vote passes to support Suns’ All-Star bids

The Phoenix City Council had a 9-0 vote on Wednesday in favor of supporting the bids from the Suns and Mercury to host All-Star games.

2 days ago

Devin Booker’s stats in the Suns-Clippers series are insane