Suns’ Devin Booker matches LeBron James, Kobe Bryant with epic scoring feat
Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker is carving out his niche in the NBA history books. During their game against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, Booker eclipsed the 9,000 career point mark. With that, the 2-time All-Star became just the 9th player in league history to score at least 9,000 prior to turning the age of 25, via Logan Newman of Arizona Sports.
He joins an exclusive club consisting of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Tracy McGrady, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Shaquille O’Neal and Anthony Davis.
To make this accomplishment more incredible, Booker, who turns 25 in October, also became the 5th youngest player ever to notch 9,000 career points. This is certainly an outstanding feat considering the company that he is with in the top 5, per the Suns Twitter account.
The FIFTH youngest player in @NBA history to reach 9,000 career points.
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) April 18, 2021
That’s an insane amount of talent right there. This just speaks volumes of Booker’s elite ability to put the ball in the basket.
It goes without saying that Booker is as good a scorer as anybody in the league with the way he can score from anywhere on the floor. He obviously isn’t just a sniper from beyond the arc. Booker also has an elite mid-range game and can also get to the bucket at will with his tight handle.
On the season, the 24-year old is averaging 26.0 points per game, while shooting at an elite clip of 49.4 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from long range. His efficiency, especially playing from the guard spot, has certainly contributed to his high point total through his 6-year career so far.
While Booker has etched his name in scoring history books in years past, this is actually the first season he’s enjoying team success. The Suns currently own the 2nd best record in the NBA with the elite backcourt tandem of Booker and Chris Paul leading the way. His points aren’t going to waste this season.