Suns’ Devin Booker can make extra $16 million by making an All-NBA team in 2018-19
Devin Booker could see a major pay raise even after being handsomely rewarded by the Phoenix Suns with a five-year, $158 million max extension of his rookie contract earlier this summer. The phenom could make $174 million in total if he reaches any one of the All-NBA teams this 2018-19 season, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks.
That could be a tall order for the young star, though. Booker will miss at least four weeks after undergoing hand surgery, and then when he gets health he will have to contend with the best of the best at his position and be among the best six guards in the NBA. Recent All-NBA names like Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, DeMar DeRozan, Victor Oladipo and reigning MVP James Harden are just some of the guards who will be jockeying for a spot on one of the three All-NBA teams.
If his first three seasons are any sign, Booker is a rapidly evolving player, improving on each of his individual categories year after year. The 2017-18 season was by far his best, posting well-rounded averages of 24.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game through 54 games, though he was hampered by the hand injury throughout the latter part of the season.
Coming into the league as a savvy scorer, the 21-year-old has been forced to mature as a playmaker due to the absence of Eric Bledsoe after he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. Booker had to make up for a shaky makeshift backcourt comprised of Mike James and Tyler Ulis for most of the season, and he didn’t benefit from having Elfrid Payton for very long thanks to the injury to his shooting hand.