Suns star Devin Booker providing key mentorship to Deandre Ayton
The Phoenix Suns have no grand illusions of securing a playoff berth this season, but the duo of Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton should give the franchise hope for the future. The two are quickly developing a bond and Booker is helping Ayton navigate his rookie season.
“Stuff we don’t see, he just tries to address it to us,” Ayton said to Gina Mizell of The Athletic. “Or if we mess up a play coming out of the (timeout), he just lets us know. … I want to win, so I’m gonna listen to the message. I’m not gonna worry about how he says it. I’m just gonna listen and try to fix it. It’s not like he’s saying (anything) bad.”
Devin Booker is still a young player in the league — we forget that he’s still a 22-year-old. But he’s in his fourth year in the league and has the experience and perspective to help Deandre Ayton and the rest of the young guys on Phoenix.
The season has not gone as planned for the Suns. They’re 4-15 and sit in last place in the Western Conference. Booker, however, is having a career year as he averages 24.9 points and a career-high 7.1 assists per game. He’s embracing his role as a facilitator and is not letting it get in the way of his scoring.
Additionally, Ayton is showing everyone why Phoenix took him with the first overall pick. He’s averaging 16.9 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. The duo of Booker and Ayton has yet to translate to consistent winning, but there is hope that their relationship will grow as the team does.