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Suns’ Devin Booker shows appreciation for Damian Lillard after replacing him in All-Star Game

Suns, Blazers, Devin Booker, Damian Lillard

After the 2020 All-Star rosters were announced, Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker was seen by many as a notable snub. However, an unfortunate injury to Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard earlier in the week allowed Booker to make his first All-Star appearance.

Now, the fifth-year-pro showed Dame how grateful he is for the endorsement and the opportunity.

Booker took to Twitter to give a shout-out to Lillard, whom he also replaced in the 3-Point Contest. The Suns guard retweeted a comment of the Blazers star about him and cited how he appreciated his kind words.

This season, the 23-year-old Devin Booker is averaging 26.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game while shooting 49.6 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from deep.

Despite Booker’s spectacular individual season, the former Kentucky star has been stuck on a Suns roster that has been unable to produce many wins. Despite a strong start to the 2019-20 campaign, Phoenix eventually faltered and is now only 22-33 at the All-Star break — 12th place in the Western Conference standings.

On the other hand, before the injury, Damian Lillard was having the best season of his career with the Blazers. He is averaging a career-high 29.5 points per game to go along with 7.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds, all while shooting 46.0 percent from the field and 39.3 from beyond the arc.