Devin Booker
Devin Booker
22-Year-Old GuardG
Phoenix Suns
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.
Scores 37 points in Monday's loss
GPhoenix Suns
November 19, 2018
Booker finished with 37 points (13-28 FG, 6-15 3Pt, 5-7 FT), eight assists, and three rebounds in 36 minutes during Monday's 119-114 loss to the 76ers.
Booker broke out of his four-game scoring slump, in which he averaged 15.0 points on a combined 21-of-60 from the field. To his credit, Booker did hand out a career high assist total in both of the last two games, as he has taken his playmaking to the next level.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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Hands out 12 assists in loss
GPhoenix Suns
November 18, 2018
Booker totaled 16 points (5-16 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 3-4 FT), 12 assists, and four rebounds in 39 minutes during Saturday's 110-100 loss to the Thunder.
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Double-doubles in upset victory
GPhoenix Suns
November 15, 2018
Booker turned in 13 points (5-14 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 12 assists, four rebounds and two steals across 37 minutes in the Suns' 116-96 win over the Spurs on Wednesday.
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Drops 19 points in loss Monday
GPhoenix Suns
November 12, 2018
Booker tallied 19 points (7-18 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six assists, and four rebounds in 37 minutes during Monday's 118-101 loss to the Thunder.
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Explodes for 38 points in overtime loss
GPhoenix Suns
November 8, 2018
Booker had 38 points (15-30 FG, 4-13 3Pt, 4-5 FT), nine assists, three rebounds, and three steals in 42 minutes during Thursday's 116-109 loss to Boston.
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Plays 36 minutes Tuesday
GPhoenix Suns
November 7, 2018
Booker contributed 20 points (6-21 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 6-6 FT), eight rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 104-82 loss to the Nets.
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