It was an impressive week for the Phoenix Suns. They ran the table, winning all four of their games, dispatching the Trail Blazers, Warriors, Grizzlies, and Knicks along the way. They jumped in the standings to the third-best record in the Western Conference. And they did it without Kevin Durant for two of the games. How?
Because they have Devin Armani Booker.
Booker, who returned from injury on November 15 in a win over the Minnesota Timberwolves (who are currently 12-4), has set the pace for Phoenix. The team has been undefeated since his reinsertion into the starting lineup, and he is the primary reason as to why.
On Sunday evening in the Mecca of Basketball, Madison Square Garden, Booker hit a fadeaway 25-footer to sink the New York Knicks. Shout out to Jon Bloom on the call.
The narrative is growing around Book, for when you do things like that in NYC, people tend to notice. And notice they have.
On Monday, for the eighth time in his career, Devin Booker was named as the Western Conference Player of the Week. The last time Booker garnered the award was March 6, 2023.
How could you blame voters? He went for 30.3 points, 7.8 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and the team went 4-0. He shot 48.1% from the field, 42.9% from three-point range, and 90.2% from the line.
In his first nine games this season, Book has scored 265 points and dished out 80 assists. Only Russell Westbrook (in his MVP season of 2016-17) and James Harden (in his MVP-runner-up season of 2018-19) have done that through their first nine games. Ever.
Booker continues to be at the top of his game. Yes, this is Prime Booker.
Devin and the streaking Suns continue their road trip with a game on Wednesday against his arch-nemesis: the Toronto Raptors’ mascot. Perhaps his newest award will provide him some street cred with the prehistoric carnivore.