Devin Booker
Devin Booker
21-Year-Old GuardG
Phoenix Suns
GTD
Injury Hand
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $158.05 million contract extension with the Suns in July of 2018.
Out six weeks following surgery
GPhoenix Suns
Hand
September 10, 2018
Booker underwent successful surgery Monday to repair the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint in his right hand and is expected to need six weeks to make a full recovery.
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It was reported over the weekend that Booker needed surgery on his hand, so this latest update doesn't come as a huge surprise. However, it does provide us with a concrete timetable for his return and the six weeks means there's a good chance he's unable to take the floor for the Suns' opener scheduled for Oct. 17 against the Mavericks. Still, if he progresses as expected, it doesn't sound like Booker will miss more than a few games, so it shouldn't have a drastic impact on his value come draft day and he'll remain one of the top-tier shooting guards in the league.
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Depth Chart Status
#1 Shooting Guard
#5 Point Guard, #5 Small Forward
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Needs hand surgery, out indefinitely
GPhoenix Suns
Hand
September 9, 2018
Booker is scheduled to undergo right hand surgery on Monday and has been ruled out indefinitely, John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM reports.
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Reaches max deal with Phoenix
GPhoenix Suns
July 7, 2018
Booker finalized a five-year, $158 million max contract extension with the Suns on Saturday, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
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Progressing towards max extension
GPhoenix Suns
July 3, 2018
Booker and the Suns are nearing an agreement on a five-year, $158 million max contract extension, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Ruled out for finale
GPhoenix Suns
Hand
April 10, 2018
Booker (hand) will not play during Tuesday's season finale against the Mavericks, Scott Bordow of The Arizona Republic reports.
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Likely out for finale
GPhoenix Suns
Hand
April 9, 2018
Booker (hand) is not expected to play Tuesday against the Mavs, Scott Bordow of AZCentral.com reports.
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