Devin Booker

Devin Booker

24-Year-Old GuardG
Phoenix Suns  NBA  
Phoenix Suns
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Fresh off a deep playoff run that ended with a disappointing Game 6 loss to the Bucks, Booker will look to lead the Suns back for another Finals appearance in 2022. But to do that, he's going to need, at a minimum, to repeat his stellar numbers from last season. That's no easy feat, as Booker excelled across the board in his sixth year, recording 25.6 points per game, shooting 48.4 percent from the field and 86.7 from the line, with 4.3 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.9 threes. That said, Booker is in a solid position to improve his numbers from last year. Chris Paul will be 36 years old and will no doubt be relying on Booker to carry even more of the offense, and Booker's three-point attempts, which in 2020-21 was the lowest in four years, could rise back to previous levels. If Booker can build on his playoff experience, he could return top-10 eight-category league value this season. Even if he delivers numbers consistent with last year, you're looking at a solid mid-second round pick. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $158.05 million contract extension with the Suns in July of 2018.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Booker was born in 1996 in Grand Rapids, Michigan to parents Veronica Gutierrez and Melvin Booker. His father exposed Devin to basketball at an early age, as Melvin played professionally both in the NBA and overseas. In his early teen years, Devin Booker spent his summers in Italy, where Melvin had been playing for Olimpia Milano. Booker also has a brother, Davon Wade, and a sister, Mya Powell. With the Suns, Booker has pledged to donate $2.5 million over a five-year span to his charity "Devin Booker Starting Five," which is dedicated to impacting the lives of Arizona youth and families in need. You can follow Booker on Twitter (@DevinBook) and Instagram (@dbook). Booker was named the 2014-15 SEC Sixth Man of the Year in his freshman and lone season for Kentucky. He also collected a 14-15 SEC All-Freshman nod and placed on the 14-15 All-SEC second team. The Grand Rapids, Michigan native helped lead the Wildcats to the 14-15 SEC regular-season title, the 2015 SEC Tournament title and the 2015 NCAA Tournament Final Four. He led Kentucky in three-pointers made per game (1.5) and was second on Kentucky in three-point percentage (41.1 percent). The guard was third on the Wildcats in points (10.0) and field goals per game (3.6). Booker entered the 2015 NBA Draft after his freshman season and was selected in the first round (13th overall) by the Phoenix Suns.

Drops game-high 31 points in loss
GPhoenix Suns
October 27, 2021
Booker amassed 31 points (12-28 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), eight assists, six rebounds and one steal in 37 minutes during Wednesday's 110-107 loss to the Kings.
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The Suns rallied after being down coming into the fourth quarter but were unable to get over the hump as they fell to the Kings. Booker was the standout player for the Suns, scoring a season-high 31 points. All-in-all, it has been a modest start to the season for Booker, who is yet to shoot better than 48 percent in any of his games thus far. His role is about as secure as you will find and barring injury, he should be able to ramp up his production as the season progresses.
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Booker made his first All-Star game in 2019-20, significantly improving his efficiency from the year prior. He scored 26.6 points per game on a 48.9 field goal percentage and a 35.4 three-point percentage while shooting 91.9 percent from the charity stripe. He also averaged 6.5 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 threes. His campaign also included 11 double-doubles and three 40-point games, including a performance against the Pelicans that featured 44 points, nine assists, eight rebounds and two steals. Booker returned most fantasy managers with early second-round value, ranking 17th on a per-game basis in eight-category leagues. The 24-year-old is now in a position to push for the playoffs in 2020-21 alongside teammates Deandre Ayton and Chris Paul after an impressive 8-0 stint in the Orlando bubble during seeding play last season. With the addition of Paul, Booker may play more off-ball. That could result in fewer assists, but increased scoring, and/or increased efficiency, is also on the table. Even if he takes a slight hit in usage, Booker still figures to be worth a second-round selection in most fantasy formats.
Booker burst onto the scene as a sophomore in 2016-17, averaging 22.1 points per game as a 20-year-old, not to mention dropping 70 points on the Celtics. His game has continued to evolve since then, improving his efficiency and becoming a better distributor. Booker reached a career-high 46.7 FG% last season despite a 5.7 percent dip from beyond the arc. He also spent a career-high 15 percent of his minutes at point guard in 2018-19 and averaged a career-high 6.8 assists in the process. However, with the Suns signing Ricky Rubio during the offseason, it's possible Phoenix envisions Booker as more of a pure scorer than a combo guard, so we may see his assists decrease. Booker has had no problem scoring the ball, and he racked up 21 performances with at least 30 points last season, plus two 50-point outings. While Booker's role seems to be in a slight flux, he's unquestionably the No. 1 option on the Suns, and he should continue being one of the most high-usage players in the league.
Injuries dampened what was otherwise another outstanding season for Booker, as he took the floor for just 54 games due to hand and groin injuries in 2017-18. When he was healthy and on the court, Booker was once again an elite scorer, posting a career-high 24.9 points per game, which was up from 22.1 a year prior and also placed him 10th in the entire league. That slight uptick in scoring was likely due to increased efficiency. Booker shot 43.2 percent from the field, 38.3 percent from three-point range and 87.8 percent from the free-throw line, all of which were the best numbers of his career. He added 4.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists, while finishing 12th in the league with 2.7 three-pointers made. That production made him one of the elite shooting guards in the league and that isn't expected to change heading into the upcoming season. The Suns selected center Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and while that's another mouth to feed offensively, he'll actually likely help draw defenses away from Booker and should allow him to keep his efficiency up with another year of solid percentages. Booker also just signed a max five-year, $158 million contract extension, so the Suns have committed to him long term and the are going to continue to rely on him as the team's go-to option offensively. With all that said, Booker will be a top-tier shooting guard option on draft day and will likely come off the board in the first three or four rounds or so of most Fantasy formats.
Booker was one of the lone bright spots for the 24-58 Suns last season, leading the team in points per game (22.1) and usage percentage (28.6). 2016-17 was a breakout campaign for the now 20-year-old, raising his numbers essentially across the board as a result of his workload jumping from 27.7 minutes to 35.0 minutes per game. Impressively, despite being asked to carry such an increased share of the offense, Booker remained almost equally efficient from his rookie to his sophomore campaign, his effective field-goal percentage dropping just a hair from 48.0 to 47.5. We can’t talk about Booker without mentioning his stunning 70-point outing, however. On March 24, 2016, in a loss to the Celtics, Booker dropped 70 points (21-40 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 24-26 FT), eight rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block across 45 minutes. While the team wasn’t exactly subtle about giving Booker as many opportunities as possible to stack his point total, the feat remains incredibly impressive and was a historic Fantasy moment. It also highlights his big-game potential, as he racked up 14 games last season with at least 30 points. Overall, with the Suns still rebuilding heading into next season, there should be no shortage of touches for Booker and it seems safe to assume he’ll, at the very least, hover around his averages from 2016-17. While he’s not an elite rebounder, passer or defender at shooting guard, there are few players at his position that will likely see the kind of usage and free-reign on offense that he garners.
Considering he entered last season as the NBA’s youngest player and was playing behind a talented starting backcourt of Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight, Booker was never expected to fill a major role for the Suns as a rookie. However, with both Bledsoe and Knight going down with long-term injuries by midseason, Booker was bumped into the starting five and to the surprise of many, almost immediately thrived. Over a 47-game stretch from January through the end of the season, Booker averaged an impressive 18.3 points, 3.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 three-pointers in 35.0 minutes per game. With few playmakers in the lineup alongside him, Booker’s efficiency unsurprisingly took a hit, but he still finished the year with a 34.3 percent mark from three-point range, an impressive achievement for a 19-year-old. While Booker was touted as one of the best shooters in his draft class, he showed some ability to distribute the ball as the season progressed, suggesting he’s not merely just a long-range specialist. He’ll likely see his usage take a step back in 2016-17 as he moves back into a sixth-man role now that Bledsoe and Knight are entering the season at full health, but Booker’s percentages should take a leap forward while he works off the ball more often. The future is clearly bright for Booker, who could ultimately unseat P.J. Tucker as the starting small forward if he’s able to add muscle on his 6-foot-6 frame and make some improvements on the defensive end.
The Suns were thrilled to grab the rookie out of Kentucky with the 13th overall pick in the 2015 draft. Booker is arguably already the Suns' best three-point shooter, and it wouldn't be a surprise if he ends up as one of the better marksmen in the league by season's end. The 6-6 swingman shot a scorching 53 percent from three as a freshman last season, with three-pointers accounting for more than half of his field goal attempts. A true two-guard in every sense of the word, Booker is most comfortable in the backcourt, but he'll likely see considerable time at small forward given the Suns' already-strong guard tandem of Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight. It should be a relatively easy adjustment for Booker offensively, but he could struggle on the other end keeping up with bigger wings. After a strong Las Vegas Summer League showing, Booker figures to be a part of the regular rotation from day one. He probably won't start as a rookie, but his three-point stroke will be tough to keep off the floor, and his game fits nicely with coach Jeff Hornacek's fast-paced system. From a fantasy standpoint, Booker projects to be a nice source for three-pointers, but he may not offer much else. He didn't show much potential as a rebounder at Kentucky, though he wasn't really asked to do so, and he won't play on the ball enough to generate significant assist numbers.
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Posts modest stat line Saturday
GPhoenix Suns
October 24, 2021
Booker totaled 21 points (9-19 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, four assists and two steals across 28 minutes in a loss to Portland on Saturday.
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Puts up 22 points
GPhoenix Suns
October 23, 2021
Booker registered 22 points (9-19 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds and four assists across 34 minutes in Friday's win over the Lakers.
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Struggles with shot in loss
GPhoenix Suns
October 21, 2021
Booker scored 12 points (3-15 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while registering four rebounds, four assists and one steal in a loss to the Nuggets on Wednesday.
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Off injury report
GPhoenix Suns
October 12, 2021
Booker (rest) is off the injury report for Wednesday's preseason matchup against the Trail Blazers.
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Out Sunday
GPhoenix Suns
Rest
October 9, 2021
Booker (rest) won't play Sunday against the Lakers, Duane Rankin of The Arizona Republic reports.
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