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One thing was made abundantly clear by the latest SB Nation Reacts survey, the Phoenix Suns have become America’s team. More than that, Devin Booker has made his star turn.
Forty-four percent of NBA fans around the country said Devin Booker is the most exciting player left in the playoffs, the highest vote percentage of any player by far. Atlanta Hawk’s star Trae Young took the second largest portion of the vote with 26 percent.
If you’re counting, that’s Chris Paul in fourth place making it two Suns among the top four most exciting players remaining in the playoffs.
This is a good thing, considering TV ratings are exploding all over the country. There’s more fans watching these playoffs so far than have watched the NBA in a long long time.
And now that the Suns are national TV every game — ABC, TNT or ESPN the rest of the way — you will start to see the Suns as one of the ratings darlings for years to come, I expect. Chris Paul was always at that level, and now Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton are rising as well.
With Booker leading the way, more than three-fourths of fans picked the Suns to win the Western Conference Finals. The vote came in before Phoenix won Game 2 against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The confidence in Phoenix doesn’t end after the WCF. A majority of national fans, 53 percent, believe the Suns are going to win it all.
The Milwaukee Bucks earned the second highest percent of the vote, with 33 percent. Before they reach the finals, Milwaukee will need to beat the Hawks, which a vast majority of fans expect.
Who’s ready for a Suns vs. Bucks Finals?!?!
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