Devin Booker, the last remnant from the Phoenix Suns' 2021 NBA Finals squad, is eyeing championship glory once more. After two straight years of disappointing exits in the Western Conference semi-finals, Booker is optimistic that the Suns' retooled lineup, now boasting the likes of Kevin Durant and Bradley Beal, will be the magic formula for title success.
Last season, Booker posted impressive averages of 27.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game over 53 contests, converting 49.4% from the field and 35.1% from three-point range. He excelled in the postseason, elevating his stats to 33.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game, while shooting a staggering 58.5% from the floor and 50.8% from beyond the arc.
Fantasy Draft Alert
Fantasy basketball enthusiasts should take note; Booker was a statistical dynamo last year, averaging 41.9 fantasy points over 53 games, accumulating a total of 2,221 points. This season, he's projected to average 37.9 fantasy points in 76 games, a sum of 2,902 points, placing him as a highly valuable asset in fantasy drafts.
Yahoo Sports' Dan Titus recommends him as a top-tier guard and a late first-round or early second-round draft choice. According to FantasyPros, Booker ranks between No. 8 and No. 24, landing him solidly within the top 10 of many draft boards.
Entering his ninth season, the three-time consecutive All-Star (2020-2022) and 2022 All-NBA First Team awardee has more than personal accolades on his mind; he's chasing his first NBA championship, regular-season MVP, and Finals MVP.
"We have too much talent in the house, with a coach that's won it before. We're all on the same page," Booker recently told Eric Woodyard of ESPN, underlining his desire for a ring. Devin Booker has been instrumental in Phoenix's resurgence as a legitimate title contender, initially alongside Chris Paul and Deandre Ayton.
However, with Paul and Ayton defecting to the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers respectively, Booker has faith that the addition of Durant and Beal will be the key to unlocking the Suns' championship aspirations.
Phoenix will commence their 2023-24 NBA campaign on October 24 in an away game against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center. Chris Paul will make his season debut against his old team, adding yet another layer of intrigue to an already compelling storyline.
With high hopes and a revamped roster, Booker and the Suns are clearly setting their sights on nothing short of an NBA title this season.