‘Slim’ chance Suns’ Devin Booker plays Saturday vs. Nuggets
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker did not practice on Friday, and Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov says there is a “slim” chance he will play against the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night, according to Gina Mizell of The Athletic.
Booker has missed the last two games due to a back injury he suffered during a loss to the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday.
On the year, Booker is averaging 24.8 points, 6.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals over 35.2 minutes per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the floor, 32.6 percent from 3-point range and 84.3 percent from the free-throw line.
The 22-year-old, who played his collegiate basketball at the University of Kentucky, was originally selected by the Suns in the first round (13th pick overall) of the 2015 NBA Draft.
He played in 76 games and made 51 starts during his rookie campaign, registering 13.8 points, 2.6 assists and 2.5 boards across 27.7 minutes a night, making 42.3 percent of his field goal attempts, 34.3 percent of his long-distance tries and 84 percent of his foul shots.
Booker then made the jump to averaging 22.1 points per game in a breakout 2016-17 campaign, draining 36.3 percent of his triples.
Last year, he recorded 24.9 points, 4.7 assists and 4.5 rebounds a night, which led to Phoenix signing him to a massive five-year, $158 million contract over the summer.
Due to questions about Booker’s defensive capabilities, the deal was heavily scrutinized, and some still feel Booker is overpaid due to the fact that advanced statistics don’t seem to like him very much.
However, there is no denying Booker’s significant improvement in terms of playmaking, with the youngster averaging nearly seven dimes per game this season.