Devin Booker reaches rarefied air with Michael Jordan-esque playoff record
Devin Booker has been a close-out killer for the Phoenix Suns in his postseason debut. After two impressive performances in the Suns’ two wins to close out their first two series, Booker has now propelled himself to be in the conversation with the GOAT, Michael Jordan.
According to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Booker’s combined 81 points in Game 6 against the Los Angeles Lakers and Game 4 against the Denver Nuggets now puts him in elite company. The only player with more points in his team’s first two closeout wins in a single postseason is none other than the Chicago Bulls icon. How’s that for impressive?
Suns guard Devin Booker has scored 81 points in the Suns' closeout wins this postseason. The only player with more points in his team's first two closeout wins of a single postseason is Michael Jordan. @ESPNStatsInfo pic.twitter.com/DnPbxoFQ4d
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) June 14, 2021
The 24-year-old has had one heck of a playoff debut. Despite this being his first playoff run, Booker has actually thrived under the spotlight for Phoenix and has been absolutely magnificent, especially when his team needed him most.
The two-time All-Star dropped 34 points and 11 boards on Sunday to close out the Nuggets in a four-game sweep. He did this after dropping a 47-piece against the Lakers just last week to eliminate the defending champions.
Booker is slowly proving to everyone that he belongs on basketball’s biggest stage. He’s been fantastic all season long for the Suns, but he has managed to elevate his game in his first-ever playoff appearance. With a vet like Chris Paul in his ear, Booker is developing into a legitimate superstar in front of the entire world.
He’s now making it a point that he heeds the late Kobe Bryant’s call for him to “Be Legendary”.