Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel says Phoenix Suns star shooting guard Devin Booker and Golden State Warriors champion guard Klay Thompson are very similar.
Vogel will get to coach Booker on Sunday in the All-Star game. He talked about what the Suns guard is like with reporters on Saturday during All-Star media availability in Chicago:
Booker was named as an injury replacement for Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard, who is nursing a groin injury.
The former Kentucky Wildcat has established himself as one of the best scorers in the game. So far this season, he’s averaging 26.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game while shooting 49.6 percent from the field, 35.8 percent from beyond the arc, and an impressive 92.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Devin Booker scored a whopping 70 points during the 2016-17 season against the Boston Celtics. Maybe we’ll see him go off on Sunday in his first All-Star game.
Thompson, of course, will likely sit out the entire season after tearing his ACL in the 2019 Finals. The Warriors are going to be cautious with Thompson since they gave him a five-year max contract this past summer worth $190 million. Klay’s long-term health is very important to the organization.
Thompson averaged 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game for the Warriors last season. The five-time All-Star shot 46.7 percent from the field, 40.2 percent from beyond the arc, and 81.6 percent from the free-throw line.
In the 2019 playoffs, Klay Thompson put up 20.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game. The Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors in the Finals in six games.