Devin Booker is the greatest player EVER in Suns history

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If you put it that way . If Durant brings home the prize does he qualify?
Maybe. Its not happening anytime soon, so he will probably have to go through another rebuild to see it happen. If he sticks around long enough for that then I would say yes he is on the list.
 

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Booker not even making the third team All-NBA list underscores how hard it will be for him to be an MVP like Barkley or Nash.

So many great players in the league.

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Booker not even making the third team All-NBA list underscores how hard it will be for him to be an MVP like Barkley or Nash.

So many great players in the league.

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He missed too much time to be in consideration for any regular season awards. He missed 29 games this year. Going forward the bar will at 65 games, I believe, to even be eligible, and he would have been short of that.
 

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In elimination games -

Booker

07/20/21 vs. MIL - 8/22 FG, 0/7 3Pt, 3/3 FT, 3 reb, 5 ast, 19 pts
05/15/22 vs. DAL - 3/14 FG, 0/4 3Pt, 5/6 FT, 3 reb, 2 ast, 11 pts
05/11/23 vs. DEN - 4/13 FG, 1/3 3Pt, 3/4 FT, 1 reb, 8 ast, 12 pts

Avg - 30.6% FG%, 7.1% 3Pt%, 84.6% FT%, 32.3 reb, 5 ast, 14.0 pts

Barkley

05/09/92 vs. LAL - 9/23 FG, 1/1 3Pt, 12/14 FT, 14 reb, 5 ast, 31 pts
06/05/93 vs. SEA - 12/20 FG, 1/1 3Pt, 19/22 FT, 24 reb, 1 ast, 44 pts
06/20/93 vs. CHI - 7/18 FG, 0/0 3Pt, 7/10 FT, 17 reb, 4 ast, 21 pts
05/21/94 vs. HOU - 9/19 FG, 2/7 3Pt, 4/5 FT, 15 reb, 4 ast, 24 pts
05/20/95 vs. HOU - 7/16 FG, 0/2 3Pt, 4/5 FT, 23 reb, 5 ast, 18 pts
05/03/96 vs. SAS - 6/15 FG, 1/3 3Pt, 8/11 FT, 9 reb, 5 ast, 21 pts

Avg - 45.0% FG%, 35.7% 3Pt%, 80.6 FT%, 17.0 reb, 4.0 ast, 26.5 Pts

Chuck is still the man.
 

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In elimination games -

Booker

07/20/21 vs. MIL - 8/22 FG, 0/7 3Pt, 3/3 FT, 3 reb, 5 ast, 19 pts
05/15/22 vs. DAL - 3/14 FG, 0/4 3Pt, 5/6 FT, 3 reb, 2 ast, 11 pts
05/11/23 vs. DEN - 4/13 FG, 1/3 3Pt, 3/4 FT, 1 reb, 8 ast, 12 pts

Avg - 30.6% FG%, 7.1% 3Pt%, 84.6% FT%, 32.3 reb, 5 ast, 14.0 pts

Barkley

05/09/92 vs. LAL - 9/23 FG, 1/1 3Pt, 12/14 FT, 14 reb, 5 ast, 31 pts
06/05/93 vs. SEA - 12/20 FG, 1/1 3Pt, 19/22 FT, 24 reb, 1 ast, 44 pts
06/20/93 vs. CHI - 7/18 FG, 0/0 3Pt, 7/10 FT, 17 reb, 4 ast, 21 pts
05/21/94 vs. HOU - 9/19 FG, 2/7 3Pt, 4/5 FT, 15 reb, 4 ast, 24 pts
05/20/95 vs. HOU - 7/16 FG, 0/2 3Pt, 4/5 FT, 23 reb, 5 ast, 18 pts
05/03/96 vs. SAS - 6/15 FG, 1/3 3Pt, 8/11 FT, 9 reb, 5 ast, 21 pts

Avg - 45.0% FG%, 35.7% 3Pt%, 80.6 FT%, 17.0 reb, 4.0 ast, 26.5 Pts

Chuck is still the man.
In some of Books games, which were blow outs, Book was taken out of the game early. Chuck's games were a lot closer. But yeah, Chuck was a beast in the playoffs in general. Some of his playoff games are way underrated. I guess because he was in the Jordan era.
 

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In some of Books games, which were blow outs, Book was taken out of the game early. Chuck's games were a lot closer. But yeah, Chuck was a beast in the playoffs in general. Some of his playoff games are way underrated. I guess because he was in the Jordan era.
Taking book outta the game earlier doesn’t impact 30% FG%.
 

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The peak was amazing but something was always a little bit off with him after year 1. At the end of the day he was the best player on a team that suffered back to back playoff meltdowns then he forced his way out in ugly fashion. Just saying.
Yeah, after year 1 not so much.... and his failures against Houston were pathetic. Its Book and not even close, Nash is 2nd.
 

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I was a Suns fan Davis' entire career. There is no Suns player that compares to Book. Barkley is the closest. Amare might be second.
I love me some Book, but no one has ever reached the level of anticipation to watch a game like Amare. Dude lived to postorize everyone against him. If DA had 1/2 of what Amare had, he would be here on his Max extension.
 

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Marion was a pretty complex personality, based on what I read in the “Seven Seconds or Less” book by Jack McCallum a few years ago. He really felt unappreciated much of the time.

His “colorful” rant on Twitter Spaces a couple of years ago kinda reinforced that. :)
Dude is dumb as rocks away from BB though. I was behind him in line years ago at Fashion Square around Christmas time.... Lets just say he struggles with simplistic things in life that a grown up should understand
 

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Dude is dumb as rocks away from BB though. I was behind him in line years ago at Fashion Square around Christmas time.... Lets just say he struggles with simplistic things in life that a grown up should understand
I think we all knew that. The first time he went on Jim Rome's radio show was about as embarrassing as an interview can be. His game changed for the worse after the cheap shot undercut by Starks but prior to that, mentally limited as he was, he was easily one of my favorite players, right up there with Westy, Sweet D and Nash.
 

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This is tough one. I feel he is not the complete package in what I consider a great but for us I feel he is the greatest we have so far.

I do think D Book is the best Suns ever. He doesn’t have the MVP trophies or tons of All-Star/first team/second team appearance or what not like the Suns players in the past. People might grill me on this but I think D Book does not have that "it" factor to carry a team on his own or have that commanding leadership abilities.

He has showed that he is a scoring machine and his defense is better. No matter how this season goes whether its successful or we go supernova, he help build the culture back up. He has attracted other stars to come here. He started his career here and gained success while here.

That is why I think he is the greatest.


I can’t put Barkley in the conversation. He was not here that long. He had success else where before coming here. I feel he had the "it" factor to carry a team. He was a MVP and all star with us.

Nash to me sort of feels like Barkley. Yes we drafted him but when he started his success on another team. He also was a mvp and all star with us.
 

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This is tough one. I feel he is not the complete package in what I consider a great but for us I feel he is the greatest we have so far.

I do think D Book is the best Suns ever. He doesn’t have the MVP trophies or tons of All-Star/first team/second team appearance or what not like the Suns players in the past. People might grill me on this but I think D Book does not have that "it" factor to carry a team on his own or have that commanding leadership abilities.

He has showed that he is a scoring machine and his defense is better. No matter how this season goes whether its successful or we go supernova, he help build the culture back up. He has attracted other stars to come here. He started his career here and gained success while here.

That is why I think he is the greatest.


I can’t put Barkley in the conversation. He was not here that long. He had success else where before coming here. I feel he had the "it" factor to carry a team. He was a MVP and all star with us.

Nash to me sort of feels like Barkley. Yes we drafted him but when he started his success on another team. He also was a mvp and all star with us.
Curious what you think a "complete package" is. In some of these discussions, they are derailed by unreasonable expectations, but that can apply to any "greatest" conversation.
 
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I know Book aint no Jordan - but their NBA trajectories early on do resemble one another imo with starting from the bottom - literally single handedly willing their way above it - allowing their respective non-respected teams to build around them

We may have screwed the pooch on Ayton but that's okay because we got our real #1 at #13

And now we're about to enter a new era - 100% Booker induced

I'm in my 40s so I've only witnessed 2 other Suns eras as promising as this - but this is the first time where it was all due to and built by one of our draft picks - most dudes would've taken the first flight out of Phx

As for the greatest - I already have him there - but I'm confident he's only begun to plead his case
 

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I know Book aint no Jordan - but their NBA trajectories early on do resemble one another imo with starting from the bottom - literally single handedly willing their way above it - allowing their respective non-respected teams to build around them

We may have screwed the pooch on Ayton but that's okay because we got our real #1 at #13

And now we're about to enter a new era - 100% Booker induced

I'm in my 40s so I've only witnessed 2 other Suns eras as promising as this - but this is the first time where it was all due to and built by one of our draft picks - most dudes would've taken the first flight out of Phx

As for the greatest - I already have him there - but I'm confident he's only begun to plead his case
Technically, Nash was one of our draft picks.
 

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"technically" true that - but he also ripened on another's vine
Yeah his game "ripened" in Dallas but I don't see the "technically". We drafted him, he played 4 more seasons for us than he did Dallas, he won 2 MVP's both with us, and he played in 6 of his 8 all star games as a member of the Suns. He went from unheralded to promising in Phoenix, to star in Dallas and then superstar back with us - so I think he did a lot of ripening in Phoenix too.
 

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Steve Nash blossomed in Phoenix, winning two MVPs.

IMO, Steve Nash doesn't get the recognition he deserves from Suns fans. He was one of our own. The Suns drafted him.
 
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Yeah his game "ripened" in Dallas but I don't see the "technically". We drafted him, he played 4 more seasons for us than he did Dallas, he won 2 MVP's both with us, and he played in 6 of his 8 all star games as a member of the Suns. He went from promising in Phoenix, to star in Dallas and then superstar back with us - so I think he did a lot of ripening in Phoenix too.
I'm clearly emphasizing the staying here thing and building the culture by himself thing - but my all means my semantical friend - wax away lol - but the truth is Nash was cut off and then later grafted back on to our family tree
 
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