Suns news: Monty Williams calls Devin Booker 'a complete basketball player'
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Suns coach Monty Williams calls Devin Booker ‘a complete basketball player’

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Phoenix Suns head coach Monty Williams is tired of people labeling shooting guard Devin Booker as just a scorer.

After the Suns defeated the Philadelphia 76ers at home on Monday, Williams says it’s time for pundits to start calling Booker “a complete basketball player.”

“I’ve said it for a while, he’s a complete basketball player,” Williams said, via Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic. “He’s competitive, not afraid of the moment, he makes big plays.

“He wants to prove that to everybody and I want to help him. I want to help him get rid of some of these labels that have been put on him. Some I think unfairly. That’s my job as a coach to make him look as good as I can.”

Booker finished with 40 points, four rebounds and three assists against the Sixers. He also played strong defense for four quarters, helping the Suns hand the Sixers their first loss of the season.

Booker, one of the best young players in the NBA, is averaging 26.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists through the Suns’ first seven games. He’s shooting 53.5 percent from the field, 50.0 percent from beyond the arc and 90.3 percent from the free-throw line.

The Suns are one of the early surprises of the NBA season, standing with a 5-2 record. If Phoenix can keep this up, Booker has a good shot at making his first All-Star game.