Devin Booker: Wasting Talent in Phoenix

Ever since the bubble has started for the NBA, Devin Booker and the Suns have started 4-0 with very impressive wins, including a game winner over the Clippers. Over the last 4 games, Booker has recorded two consecutive 30 point games, 20 and 27 point game. After being part of that historic 38-1 Kentucky squad, Booker is not accustomed to losing. Well, ever since being drafted 13th by the Suns, losing is all Devin Booker has done. Now one player can’t do it all by themselves, even Lebron James can do it all alone. In 2018 Booker signed a five-year, $158 million max extension to stay with the Suns. Honestly, if you’re the Suns why wouldn’t you lock up Booker long term? Now most would say this is the Suns trying to buy time to find Booker some help.

I pose the question to you the reader, is Devin Booker wasting his prime talent in Phoenix? Booker is only 24 years old and is in his prime as a player. Clear examples of prime is when Booker went off for 70 points against the Celtics in 2017, the youngest player to ever score 60+ points in a game. Now the Suns have had some of the most historic players of our modern time with players like Steve Nash, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Joe Johnson. Which brings me to my next point, the Suns haven’t made the playoffs since 2009-2010 season, so why would Booker want to play for a team that’s not been close to making a playoff appearance in a decade? Yes, the Suns can make the playoffs this season but it’s going to take a lot for them to make it. Does Booker really want to barely make the playoffs every season? I personally think Booker should become a free agent in 2022. There have been a lot of rumors flying around that a certain team could be making a run at Booker. Reports have flown around that the New York Knicks are trying to recruit Kenny Payne from the Wildcats so he can recruit Devin Booker and Karl Anthony-Towns, which would be a dynamic duo. If the Suns don’t make the playoffs this season, then Booker should demand a trade before the next season. Booker shouldn’t be wasting his prime in a city that can’t get over the hump, it’s time for Booker to win on a regular basis like he did when he played in Lexington. Booker is a rising superstar, he should continue to shine no matter where he plays but hopefully it’s somewhere other than Phoenix.

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