After missing out on the playoffs for the last couple of years, the Phoenix Suns are finally back on track by finishing the regular season as the second seed in the West. The thing is, their playoff push is in danger after ending up with a healthy LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers. Due to the Suns' stellar record during the regular season, a good portion of the NBA card market invested in Phoenix’s franchise player – Devin Booker.
But with the King standing in their way, they will face an uphill battle to reach the next round. We take a look below at what can be done with those Devin Booker cards while their series is still ongoing.
Devin Booker’s Performance During The Regular Season
The momentum Booker and the Suns gained from the Bubble last year carried over this season, especially with Chris Paul on the roster. For his part, the All-Star shooting guard posted 25.6 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.3 assists in 33.9 minutes during the regular season.
While his -1.5 defensive box plus/minus score is nothing to be proud of, it’s his offense that brings money to the table for Booker. This season, his 32.7% usage rate has amounted to a 1.4 offensive box rating, which is considered above league average. His 48% success rate from the field, coupled with an 86% rating from the free throw line, ensures a steady stream of buckets whenever he has the ball in his hands.
All of these stats came together in a game against the Chicago Bulls last March. In that contest, Booker went off by pouring 45 points on 70% shooting from the field, 40% from beyond the arc, and 90% from the free throw line. His efficient offense helped paved the way to a 121-116 victory at home against the Bulls.
What To Do With Your Booker Cards During The Playoffs
To be clear, the Chicago Bulls are galaxies apart from the formidable Los Angeles Lakers. While the Suns won against the Lakers two out of three times during the regular season, their playoff series is a different beast altogether.
In the two games Booker has played against Los Angeles, he averaged 32.5 points on 46% efficiency from two, 30% from three, and 96% from the free throw line. The All-star also gets four rebounds and 5.5 assist in 42.7 minutes.
There’s a strong chance Booker will dominate in at least one game in their series against the Lakers, especially if Paul remains injured. If this happens, his current PSA 10 Prizm rookie card value of $870 will shoot up, giving his investors the perfect window to cash in on their Devin Booker cards.
This is the best way moving forward because Booker’s value couldn’t get any higher than what it is now. Keep in mind that even though Phoenix makes it past the Lakers, they will still face tough competition from other powerhouse teams in the West. It’s best to take a safe approach and make a profit now on Booker’s cards. Doing so will help you become more flexible with your card investment options in the market, especially when the offseason comes around in a couple of weeks.