Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough didn’t discount the possibility of his star player, Devin Booker, playing on opening night, according to Kevin Zimmerman of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.
The fourth-year phenom recently had surgery on his shooting hand after it flared up during offseason workouts at the facility. His timeline to recover was six weeks and only two of them have passed by Monday, still leaving another four before his impending return.
Yet Booker’s hand is still in a splint two weeks removed from surgery, yet to show any signs of him working on that wet shot rapper Drake talked about in his recent collaboration with Travis Scott.
Shots that I took, got to keep this splint dry so it doesn’t smell like I’m Book pic.twitter.com/Wn5AjjVFrJ
— Kevin Zimmerman (@KZimmermanAZ) September 24, 2018
Booker’s initial timetable was “at least four weeks,” but even if the newer recovery period of six weeks is accurate, Booker would only miss two games — the season opener at home against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 17 and a road game against the Denver Nuggets on Oct. 20, leaving him able to return against the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Oct. 22 at Oracle Arena.
Booker had undoubtedly his best season in 2017-18, despite battling injuries. He posted 24.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 4.7 assists in 54 games, though he missed the last 12 games of the season with an injury to his shooting hand, the same one that suddenly flared up this summer.
The 21-year-old Michigander will need his sweet shooting stroke to continue after shooting a career-best 38.3 percent from distance, improving his efficiency from beyond consistently after each season in the league.