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Suns’ Devin Booker is content with being respected by his peers

Phoenix Suns hotshot Devin Booker was among the litany of NBA stars who just didn’t get enough votes to sneak into the NBA All-Star Game, but he’s not sweating it at all.

The former Kentucky Wildcats star recently spoke with reporters and shared a very diplomatic take on his missing the annual exhibition basketball game, which took place Sunday night in downtown Charlotte, per the Suns’ official Twitter account.

“If I have respect from my peers that I play against every day then I don’t need confirmation from anyone else.”

Anyone who once scored 70 points in an NBA game and is averaging 20.6 points over his first four seasons in the pro ranks surely has the respect of his fellow players in the league, which Booker is clearly acknowledging.

Although Booker was not part of this year’s edition of the NBA All-Star Game, the fact that he’s one of the most lethal scorers today remains unchanged. Booker was slowed down a bit during the early parts of the current season due to a hamstring issue but has since played like the deadly shooter he has always been. In fact, he is making a career-high 46.6 percent from the field so far this season.

The Suns are from being a contender, but the continued improvement and maturity of Booker will play a big role in the franchise’s goal of getting the team out of the cellars of the Western Conference standings in the near future.

Booker signed a four-year deal worth $158 million max contract with the Suns in 2018.