Yes, he should’ve made it in the first place, but better late than never. NBA All-Star Devin Booker has a nice ring to it.
Booker will replace Damian Lillard in the All-Star Game and in the 3 point contest.
Here are some of Devin Booker’s career accomplishments thus far at age 23:
- McDonald’s All-American
- Final Four Appearance
- 13th overall pick
- NBA All-Rookie 1st Team
- Youngest player to score at least 20+ points in 16 consecutive games
- One of 6 players to ever score 70+ points in a game
- 3rd-most 30-point games in NBA history before turning 21, behind LeBron & Kevin Durant.
- All-Star Weekend Three Point Champion
- Youngest player to make 500 career 3 point field goals
- Five year, $158 million contract extension
- Youngest player in NBA history with consecutive 50-point games
- 4th youngest player to reach 7,000 career points
And now you can officially add NBA All-Star to that list. The best part is– he’s just getting started.
This accomplishment is very much deserved, and it means a great deal to the city of Phoenix and entire state of Arizona for that matter. Phoenix — a once proud franchise — was used to consistent, winning basketball until Steve Nash departed. Devin Booker has served as a beacon of hope during this decade of despair in the desert.
He’s averaging 26.4 PPG, 6.3 APG, 4.2 RPG on 49/36/92 shooting splits, leading his team to three more wins than they had all of last year already.
Booker has put up gaudy numbers in the past, but due to lack of team success and untimely injuries he’s been excluded that past two seasons. Playing in the Western Conference has also hindered his pursuit of making an all-star appearance as well, as the conference boasts most of the elite guards in the entire league.
The point of this isn’t to dwell in the past however, it’s to look forward to brighter days ahead. This is just the tip of the iceburg for Booker, and the first of many All-Star appearances that will come his way. No matter if you think the All-Star Game is a big deal or not, this achievement represents hope for better times ahead, and it couldn’t have gone to a better person than Devin Booker.
Congrats, Book. Well deserved.
photo credit: Bryce Wheeler.