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Phoenix Suns Devin Booker drops 30/5 on Wolves, joins even more rare air

In his friendly race for Rookie of the Month, Devin Booker posted 30 points and 5 assists against his good friend Karl-Anthony Towns. Watch all the highlights here.

When Phoenix Suns rookie Devin Booker scored 30 points and dished 5 assists on Monday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves, he made even more history as a rookie.

  • His 30-point game was his 5th of the season, making him the first NBA rookie to have 5+ 30-point games since Damian Lillard in 2012-13. FWIW: Lillard was 23 years old as a rookie after a full four-year college career.
  • His 30 points along with 5 assists gave him four games of at least 27 points/5 assists as a teenager. The only teenager in NBA history with MORE games of 27/5? LeBron James, who entered the league at 18 years old and played 108 games before turning 20 years old.
  • Devin Booker is the only GUARD with four 27/5 games before turning 20 years old.
  • Devin Booker has two games of at least 30 points and 5 assists.
  • Stephon Marbury is the only other GUARD in NBA history with more than one game of 30 points, 5 assists before turning 20 years old.
  • Let's expand the range a bit, and consider all players before they turned 21 (including those who were 18, 19 and 20 years old, for those of you who are math-challenged). Only seven GUARDS in NBA history have had more than one game of 30 points, 5 assists before they turned 21. Booker has a whole 'nother NBA season in him before he's 21.
  • Among all NBA guards since 1963 (per bball-ref), only Kyrie Irving, Stephon Marbury and Russell Westbrook have had more than three such 30/5 games before turning 21 years old. Booker has a whole year to get two more 30/5 games to join that short list. Kyrie Irving has the most 30/5 games before turning 21, with 8 such games.

Booker is not the most athletic guy on the court, but he's got a very high basketball IQ, knows how to set up the defense and is smooth in every aspect.

And before he's done, Devin Booker might be considered one of the best young players ever.


*all stats courtesy of the wonderful filters available at basketball-reference.com

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