NEXT LEVEL: DEVIN BOOKER (BBALLBREAKDOWN)
From sixth man during his one year at Kentucky, to being drafted 13th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, Devin Booker was not thought of as a potential superstar when he entered the league.
Booker was drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the reputation of being just a shooter and shoot he did. Through his first month in the NBA, Booker drained 60 percent of his 3-pointers.
Stuck behind the Suns’ double-point guard lineup of Eric Bledsoe and Brandon Knight, Booker was once again coming off the bench and tasked with spacing the floor. However, his hot shooting to begin the season soon had former head coach Jeff Hornacek bending rotations to get the rookie guard minutes.
By late December, Booker had broken into the starting lineup — with the help of a knee injury to Bledsoe — and in his first 12 consecutive starts he showed promising flashes.
There was a six-game stretch where he scored double figures, highlighted by 21 points against the Sacramento Kings and three straight games of 17 points against the Charlotte Hornets, 16 points against the Miami Heat and 19 points against the Indiana Pacers.
He capped off that 12-game run by exploding for a then career-high 32 points against the Pacers (in the first game of 30 Brandon Knight missed due to a groin injury) and 24 points against the San Antonio Spurs.
As the Suns’ number one option, Booker showed he could put the ball in the basket at the highest level.
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