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Devin Booker and the curse of six threes

Why can’t Devin Booker make 7 threes in one game? When will it happen?

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Suns fans by now have probably memorized what Devin Booker’s career-high is for three-pointers made in a single game. For those that somehow aren’t aware: it’s 6. He’s done it 12 times over the course of his career. Twelve!

While from a percentage perspective he isn’t an elite three point shooter by any means, for someone that has his shooting stroke and microwave ability it is truly a mystery as to how he hasn’t broken through yet. Even in his 70-point game he only made 4 threes.

Jevon Carter has made 8 threes in one game. As a rookie off the deep bench for Memphis. Aron Baynes made 9 this season, against Portland. So why can’t the three point contest record-setter get past this odd feat?


The Games (with 6 threes made)

Phoenix’s record when he makes 6 three pointers: 5-7 (4-1 since 2018)

1/19/2016- vs. IND: Made 6th three with 0:56 seconds left in the 4th quarter.

2/2/2016- vs. TOR: Made 6th three with 4:13 left in the 4th quarter and played the final 4 minutes without making one.

11/21/2016- vs. WSH: Made 6th three with 2:18 left in the 4th quarter.

1/12/2017- vs. DAL: Made 6th three with 0:15 seconds left in the 4th quarter.

11/17/2017- vs. LAL: Made 6th three with 0:03 in the 2nd(!) quarter and played 17 minutes without connecting on another one.

2/14/2018- vs. UTH: Made 6th three with 6:15 left in the 3rd quarter and played 11 minutes without another.

3/2/2018- vs. OKC: Made 6th three with 7:33 left in the 4th quarter and played the rest of the quarter without draining a three.

10/17/2018- vs. DAL: Made 6th three with 1:17 left in the 4th quarter and played the final 1:17 without hitting one.

11/19/2018- vs. PHI: Made 6th three with 6:41 left in the 4th quarter and played ~15 minutes without hitting one after that.

3/6/2019- vs. NYK: Made 6th three with 6:10 left in the 4th quarter and played 5 minutes without making one from that point before getting subbed out.

10/30/2019- vs. GSW: Made 6th three with 7:12 left in the 4th quarter and played for ~5 minutes before getting subbed out.

8/4/2020- vs. LAC: Made 6th three with 4:01 left in the 3rd quarter and played another ~11 minutes without hitting one.

Total time played with 6 threes = ~80 minutes over 12 different games


It has very much become a “thing” amongst Suns fans on twitter when he gets hot from deep early or reaches 6 threes, plenty ask “is this the game”?

Make your prediction in the comments below. When will he finally bust out 7 three pointers in one game?