Devin Booker helped Phoenix hand Philadelphia its first loss of the season, taking pictures 15-of-19 from the sphere and 7-of-7 from the foul line as he scored 40 factors with four rebounds, three assists, three three-pointers and one blocked shot. Booker suffered a nasty sprained ankle throughout Wednesday's loss to the Jazz.
What happened to Babe in grace and Frankie in scoring was probably because of elevated effectivity. Booker shot 43.2 % from the sector, 38.3 % from three-point range and 87.eight p.c from the free-throw line, all of which were the most effective numbers of his profession. He added 4.5 rebounds and four.7 assists, while finishing twelfth in the league with 2.7 three-pointers made. That production made him one of the elite taking pictures guards within the league and that isn't expected to vary heading into the upcoming season. The Suns chosen center Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall decide within the 2018 NBA Draft and whereas that's another mouth to feed offensively, he'll really likely help draw defenses away from Booker and will permit him to maintain his effectivity up with another yr of strong percentages.
With few playmakers within the lineup alongside him, Booker’s efficiency unsurprisingly took a hit, however he still finished the yr with a 34.three percent mark from three-point vary, an impressive achievement for a 19-yr-old. While Booker was touted as one of the best shooters in his draft class, he confirmed some ability to distribute the ball as the season progressed, suggesting he’s not merely just a lengthy-range specialist. He’ll doubtless see his usage take a step again in 2016-17 as he moves back right into a sixth-man role now that Bledsoe and Knight are coming into the season at full well being, however Booker’s percentages should take a leap forward whereas he works off the ball more typically.
“As a father, he’d do something I wished to do. He’d play video games with me. Everything we did was aggressive,” Devin Booker mentioned. They largely talked about and bonded through basketball.