Devin Booker - What is being said

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NBA.Com Video Analysis

http://www.nba.com/video/channels/d...ick-1-instant-analysis.nba/?ls=iref:nbahpt13a



ESPN:

Phoenix

Devin Booker 6-6 206 SG

Kentucky



Analysis:
The Suns needed shooting and they ended up getting possibly the best shooter in the draft. He has deep range and a pure stroke. The question is whether he can do anything else. I'm not sure he'll be an elite defender, playmaker or penetrator. Given the Suns' current guards, having him serve as a sniper from 3 might be enough.

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92 rated

Strengths: High basketball IQ and 3-point specialist ... Good feel for the game and makes smart plays ... Sharpshooter who’s shooting release and form is mechanically sound ... Silky-smooth and lighting quick release with a soft touch … Has good balance and accuracy on his shot and releases the ball at its highest point ... Nice body control when shooting jumpers and driving/finishing at the rim ... Efficient shooter from the 3-point line (shooting 40 percent on 3-pointers) ... Great floor spacer ... Terrific scoring instincts ... Can hit big shots ... Possesses a deadly step-back jumper ... Makes shots from the corners and at the top of the key ... Strong free throw shooter (shoots north of 80 percent) ... Can hit mid-range jumpers (shooting 52 percent on 2-pointers) ... Tremendous range ... Ability to catch-and-shoot and make shots off the dribble ... Efficient shooter off pick-and-rolls and while coming off screens ... Takes good shots ... High-volume shooter and scorer ... A crafty and instinctual playmaker who can distribute to his teammates ... Willing to make the extra pass around the perimeter ... Unselfish player and wants to get his teammates involved ... Decent ball skills and the ability to drive with either hand ... Makes up for his lack of speed with good ball fakes, jab steps and hesitation dribbles ... Comfortable with attacking closeouts ... Uses screens well to drive the ball ... Does not turn the ball over at a high rate ... Can finish at the rim with powerful dunks and adjust to finish at the basket ... An underrated athlete with surprising leaping ability ... Elevates well off the floor ... Has a decent crossover ... Moves well without the ball and makes timely cuts ... Can run the floor well in transition (sees the floor, makes good passes and can score) ... Effectively uses baseline screens to free himself up for shots ... When his shot is not falling, he shows up in other areas of the game whether it’s rebounding or defending ... At 6-foot-6, 206, he has good strength and size for a two-guard at the next level and resembles a prototypical high-volume NBA long range specialist ... He’s capable of using one or two dribbles and pulling up from 15-18 feet...Can defend and contain players on the perimeter by using his lateral movement ... Smart defender, gives good effort and puts pressure on the ball ... Is rarely out of position on defense ... Uses his hands well to come up with steals and disrupts shots ... Exhibits good closeout speed ... Overall, he’s confident and tough player with a high motor ...

Weaknesses: Lack of an explosive first step makes it dificult to keep defenders from crowding him ... Not an amazing run/jump athlete or physical specimen ... Has a small body frame (wingspan) considering his height ... Gets to the rim and foul line sporadically ... Average ball-handler ... Has not shown great instincts passing out of dribble penetration ... Lacks the strength needed to defend quicker and more athletic players’ dribble penetration through contact ... Needs to get stronger ... Unable to fight well over the top of screens ... Puts his body on the driver as they get inside the arc, resulting in foul trouble ... Could be a bit more aggressive (but controlled) on the defensive end ... He’s not long, as his wingspan is an underwhelming 6’6 ¼ ... Lacks the length to effectively contest shots in the perimeter ... Does not have the highest vertical (35.5 inches) ... Needs to improve his foot speed ... Low steal and block rates ... Does not rebound as well as he should for his size ... Struggles to score on half-court drives ... Very unlikely to penetrate or even seek to penetrate all the way to the rim if the defense is pressuring him with the basketball ... Needs to work on his left hand ... Gets thrown off his game when opponents get physical with him ... Does not create much separation off the bounce … Sometimes fades away on his pull-up jumpers ... Takes contested shots off the dribble … Will have to continue to round out his game so that he can develop into a more complete player at the next level ...

Notes: Measured 6'5 (in shoes) 186 lbs, with a 6'6.5 wingspan at the 2012 LeBron James Skills Academy ... Measured 6'6 (in shoes) 194 lbs with a 6'7 wingspan at the 2013 Kevin Durant Skills Academy ... Booker has played the role of 3-point specialist on a high-powered Kentucky Wildcat team featuring size, athleticism, depth at all positions, and a host of future NBA players ... Arguably Kentucky’s most important perimeter player, it’s safe to say that the freshman is a part of the Wildcats long list of players who could be playing at the NBA level as early as next season ... Booker is Kentucky’s second-leading scorer (current average of 10.5 points per game) and 3-point shooter (40 percent). During conference play, he led the Wildcats in scoring at 12.0 points per game. The 6-foot-6, 206-pound, Mississippi native is as confident as they come on the basketball court. In a nutshell, he’s a quality shooter and scorer with a great understanding of the game and how to get his looks despite not being an elite-level athlete. By season’s end, the freshman shooting guard was selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2015 Wayman Tisdale Award, annually given by the United States Writers Basketball Association to the top freshman in college basketball. His game is often compared to NBA All-Star and Golden State Warriors forward Klay Thompson.

Tajh Jenkins 3/24/15
 
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This is the first time I have been happy with a draft in awhile. Excellent pick at #13. I thought he would go top 10.
 

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Yeah, I'm skeptical of his overall talents, but its the 13th pick, you're not going to get a sure fire stud.

He can shoot, we desperately need outside shooting, especially guys who can play off the ball. I like that.
 

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I like what ESPN said, he was a good combination of shooting and defense. It's usually feast or famine in the NBA. If this guys can really play both sides of the court? This might end up being a Suns sleeper pick.

When is the last time we had multiple guys that could shoot lights out and defend?
 

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There's always a spot on a team for a guy who can rain shots in.
We've got plenty of dribble/penetrators stacked up at the 1. This guy may be tailor made for someone like Hornacek to coach. He was the quintessential perimeter sharpshooter who was nails as an outside scorer, who didn't have to rebound or defend vigorously.
 

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Fastest agility times at the combine. Impressive for the youngest player in the draft. Underrated upside IMO.
 
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I like what ESPN said, he was a good combination of shooting and defense. It's usually feast or famine in the NBA. If this guys can really play both sides of the court? This might end up being a Suns sleeper pick.

When is the last time we had multiple guys that could shoot lights out and defend?

Honestly I believe this guy is a natural complement to Bledsoe. Cuts well, fantastic spot up shooter, good defender on switches.
 

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He was the best available player. I would have taken Lyles over him, but since Lyles was gone, oh well.

I still liked Looney. I think he will pan out.
 

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Honestly I believe this guy is a natural complement to Bledsoe. Cuts well, fantastic spot up shooter, good defender on switches.

Out of curiosity, which of these combos do you potentially is more effective:

Bledsoe/Booker
Knight/Booker
Knight/Bledsoe
 

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I like this pick, he has great size and a high release point. Obviously, he isn't NBA ready at 18, but in 2 years he might be a fixture at the 2/3.
 

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Out of curiosity, which of these combos do you potentially is more effective:

Bledsoe/Booker
Knight/Booker
Knight/Bledsoe

Knight/Booker, Bledso will be gone in after another high turn over 2015/16 season and the Suns finishing 9th in the west. Even Foamy and his Spanish futbol focus is not going to like 6 years of no playoffs, Bledso will be one traded.

Although I am sure Caitlyn Babby is pissed that its 4 guards and franchise player Kief plan never came to fruition. That's what you get for hiring a new York man with a old ladies voice.
 
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Out of curiosity, which of these combos do you potentially is more effective:

Bledsoe/Booker
Knight/Booker
Knight/Bledsoe


Can't go wrong with any of the three.

Now can you give me a list of our potential front court combos? :barf:
 

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Gambo said they are convinced he would be ahead of Archie in the rotation, right now.

oK.
 

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Gambo said they are convinced he would be ahead of Archie in the rotation, right now.

oK.

Its that surprising?

I'd honestly hope that is the case. If they didn't think he was better than Goodwin is then they should have passed on him. And not because of the logjam at the position, but because Goodwin's current ability is a low bar.
 

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Gambo said they are convinced he would be ahead of Archie in the rotation, right now.

oK.

I like Archie a lot but that is not surprising considering his lack of shooting. The Suns need shooting not another penetrating guard.
 

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I like him, I don't know if he's gonna be a star or anything but based on where we were picking, its a good pick. Only other guy that was on my list of players I would be ok with us drafting at 13 was Portis.

This is the first time ever that a player who I've been saying we should get months before the draft actually got picked by us. I had some doubt about whether or not he will make it that far to us but thankfully he did.

I know most Suns fans don't like it because its another guard we drafted but as far as I'm concerned, he might be the best shooter on our team already. That's how good of a shooter he is plus how bad of a 3pt shooting our guards are minus Knight.
 

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Its that surprising?

I'd honestly hope that is the case. If they didn't think he was better than Goodwin is then they should have passed on him. And not because of the logjam at the position, but because Goodwin's current ability is a low bar.

Yeah. I am wrapping my mind around this. Booker was rated higher by almost everyone and yet I and most posters are unhappy about it.

Booker is a shooter, he is 6-5. He played pg in HS so he can pass. He also seems to be a better defender than I first thought. So, what's not to love.

Bledsoe, Knight, Booker looks alot more balanced than Bledsoe, Knight, Goodwin
 
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Out of curiosity, which of these combos do you potentially is more effective:

Bledsoe/Booker
Knight/Booker
Knight/Bledsoe

Bledsoe / Booker

Bledsoe is a better defender and penetrator, both of which should help Booker.

Knight is a better compliment for Archie.
 

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I like the idea of Archie backing up Bledsoe and Booker backing up Knight.

Even Goodwin and Booker could be a good combo.

The all Kentucky back court.
 

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Booker will not get much minutes.... 18 year old guards need to mature up body wise.
Gambo saying Booker is ahead of Goodwin in the rotation is wrong.

Green is a much better shooter than Goodwin but towards the end of the season, Goodwin has outplayed Green in every aspect minus 3pt shooting.

The west is full of highly capable scoring guards... Goodwin does better staying in front of them and contesting their shots.

Booker will play D-league first half of the season.... then get minutes in the 2nd half.

Knight is a legit 3pt shooter so the Suns can get away with him and Granger. Gambo is nuts.
 

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Kentucky highlights, not too shabby
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