Suns news: Devin Booker reacts to making All-Star Game, 3-Point Contest
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Suns’ Devin Booker reacts to making All-Star Game, 3-Point Contest

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When the All-Star reserves were announced, many fans and players felt that Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker got snubbed once again. After all, the 23-year-old is having another impressive season.

Now, with Damian Lillard out due to injury, Booker got his first All-Star nod in his fifth season. He will finally play in Monday’s game 0n Team LeBron. The Suns starter later finally tweeted about being Dame’s replacement, saying that he was on his way to Chicago, the venue for the All-Star weekend. He also expressed his appreciation for “the love and support.”

Even before the official announcement, Portland Trailblazers star Damian Lillard had named the young Suns player as his preferred replacement. Dame added that Booker was a “personal favorite.”

Fans are surely elated — after all, they have been long claiming Booker’s previous non-selections as snubs. Previous arguments stated that he was not selected because of his team’s record. However, such reasoning would be invalid now. After all, the Suns are 22-33. Although Phoenix is not exactly in a playoff spot, Atlanta’s Trae Young is currently on a 15-41 team and is notably a first-time All-Star.

Lillard currently ranks fourth in the NBA scoring board at 29.5 points per game. He was ruled out of the All-Star game after suffering a groin strain against the Memphis Grizzlies on Feb. 12.

On the other hand, Booker sits at the 10th spot at 26.4 points per game in his first All-Star season. He is also racking up 6.3 assists on average. Furthermore, the 6’5” guard is posting career highs in field goal and free throw percentages.