Warriors’ Willie Cauley-Stein describes Suns’ Devin Booker, Kelly Oubre Jr. pairing as having ‘the most confidence in the league’
Golden State Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein — who played with Devin Booker at the University of Kentucky — had high praise for the duo of Booker and Kelly Oubre Jr. ahead of Golden State’s clash with the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night (per Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic):
“Those two got the most confidence in the league, honestly,” Golden State Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein said.
“When they get the ball, they’re in attack mode,” said Cauley-Stein, who played with Booker in college at Kentucky and is also out of the 2015 class. “In the past, it’s only been Devin that’s in attack mode that you really got to scout.”
Booker has long been held in high regard for his scoring prowess. After all, this is the same guy that hung 70 points on the Boston Celtics in March of 2017.
However, Oubre–whom the Suns acquired via trade last December–has shown a determination to get to the rim and finish through contact. Oubre is also shooting above 91 percent from the free-throw line.
Fans around the league have wondered when Phoenix’s young talent would help to turn the Suns into a winner. Perhaps this is the year. The Suns are looking far more competitive than anyone could have expected in the early goings of the 2019-20 NBA season.
Phoenix has split each of their first four games, suffering one-point losses against elite Western Conference foes such as the Denver Nuggets (in overtime) and Utah Jazz. The Suns also beat the Los Angeles Clippers in one of the more surprising upsets of the season. Despite the loss of center Deandre Ayton due to suspension, Booker and Oubre have carried the scoring load, with Oubre also anchoring Phoenix’s defensive unit.