After being the first player age 21 and under to average at least 25 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists to NOT be named an All-Star selection...
Opinions over statistics— Devin Booker (@DevinBook) January 24, 2018
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker will still be a part of festivities that weekend.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Booker will be a contestant in the three-point contest.
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker plans to participate in the three-point shooting contest on All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 24, 2018
He will apparently be joined by first time All-Star Bradley Beal.
The other competitors at this time are unknown.
During Booker’s rookie season, he took part in this same event and finished third behind only Golden State’s Splash Brother combination of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
The Suns have 12 games left before the All-Star break. Will we see Booker go on a tear to make up for being snubbed?
On Wednesday night, Booker faces first-time All Star in the Eastern Conference, Victor Oladipo.
Oladipo is averaging 24 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals this season on 48/40/79 shooting splits, exploding in his first season for the 25-22 Indiana Pacers after years on the Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Since his return from a strain left adductor, Booker has averaged 26.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1.2 steals on 40.5/38.1/91.1 shooting splits. Only Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Durant have put up similar numbers over this span.
But the league’s coaches selected the All-Star reserves, and their decisions appear to primarily have been made on reputation and team record. All have been named All-Stars at least two times previously, and are all in at least their sixth season in the NBA and are each at least 27 years old.
Here is how Booker compares to the Western Conference All-Star reserve guards for THIS season:
But here’s how he compares over his career:
Booker will get there someday, but he needs to earn his stripes.