Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker just turned 21 years old last week. Finally old enough to drink alcoholic beverages in the great state of New York. With his bestie, D’Angelo Russell, there to show him around town.
Nets host Suns tomorrow in Brooklyn, but tonight is Devin Booker's 21 birthday. pic.twitter.com/ibl45vuRny— Reed Wallach (@ReedWallach) October 31, 2017
So you could forgive Devin if he couldn’t perform at a high level on the court the next night, with all those distractions around him.
I mean, he’s probably been dreaming of that first beverage for many, many years. Imagining the taste as it burns the throat on the way down. Saying “smooth” with a guttural edge. Wondering what “being drunk” even feels like. And then wanting that warm, giggly feeling to last forever. Until it doesn’t. And you find yourself cuddling up to a cold porcelain toilet, promising never ever to do anything like that again.
Except Devin is no ordinary kid.
Devin Booker has scored the 4th most points by a player before his 21st birthday in NBA history.— Basketball Tip Off (@BBallTipoff) October 31, 2017
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He handled his liquor like a pro, and performed better than most any barely-21-in-NY kid in history.
Against the Brooklyn Nets, he posted 32 points (on 22 shots), plus 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Then took a back seat to T.J. Warren’s 40-bagger with 22 against Washington, followed by team-leading 34 against the New York Knicks on Friday.
Booker is making 40% of his threes this year. Dishing and rebounding like never before. And playing defense too.
He’s one of only 7 players in the entire league posting even a 20/5/4 season. At any age. Every other one of these guys is an All-Star.
Watch Devin work.
He’s got future All-Star written all over him.