Devin Booker's development has been interrupted

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  1. BC867

    BC867 Long time Phoenician! Contributor

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    Every game, Eddie Johnson explains why Devin Booker is not
    providing the scoring leadership expected of him this season.

    I certainly trust EJ's expertise. But why is he saying that Devin
    is trying too hard to involve everyone in the scoring?

    That is the job of the Point Guard. Isn't it? The job of the Shooting
    Guard is to shoot. Especially one who made a statement by scoring
    70 in a game. It brings expectations with it.

    Last season when the Suns took the lazy way out and turned the
    job of Point Guard over to Booker, while he was still expected to
    be our best scorer . . .

    I was concerned that it would cause a leadership setback to Booker.

    Apparently it has! Especially when EJ says, over and over, that Devin
    is trying too hard to involve everyone in the scoring.

    We have a Point Guard. We need our Shooting Guard to take over
    scoring when necessary. And have the energy to play defense. I hoped
    that Monty could readjust him from the mind games Suns management
    played on him last season. According to EJ, it hasn't happened.

    I hope that Booker playing with another team won't be what it takes.
    However, it is not beyond a reasonable possibility.

    The Suns are no longer dysfunctional. Now they are the ghost of the
    dysfunctional.
     
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    Ouchie-Z-Clown I'm better than Mulli!

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    I think you’re missing something big . . . Devin is getting partially shut down. I don’t think he’s passing on shots. I think he’s being defended well. Really well. And without someone else drawing defenses it’s going to continue.
     
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    I'm not sure if I buy this. He was seeing just as much defensive pressure last year, was he not? He seemed to attack it more then, whereas this year he's deferring. Surprisingly, even with his heavy playmaking burden last year, his turnover average is a smidge higher this year. Perhaps from his overemphasis on swinging the ball?
     
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    I agree with a lot of this. It's harder for Devin to break out within the new team concept. He needs more free rein to be spontaneous. Hopefully he will figure out the mix but the Suns need their star back.
     
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    Do we know if he is still buying in? Booker looks disinterested out there lately, almost along the lines of how T.J. Warren looked out there last year.
     
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    Arrested development
     
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    It’s Montes system it’s 5 seconds and get the ball out of your hands. The last few years it’s been Booker and iso ball.

    like I’ve said this dude has had like 6 head coaches all with different systems.
     
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    I’m willing to see how he’s performing after a season.

    But we could also be witnessing what I’ve been afraid of . . . that book, on a meaningless team, can pile up meaningless stats. But on a legit team he may just be a merely very good player and not a legit star. He’d still be a steal as a 13th pick but not what we all hoped, and even expected, he’d be when surrounded by a competent team. Mind you, I’m not saying I believe this . . . yet. But I can’t rule it out.
     
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    He is only down 2ppg from last season with a higher shooting percentage. Maybe its just that he doesn't appear to be having as big an impact because the players around him can actually play.

    Booker will be fine if he stays healthy.
     
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    That was my point. Making him the passer last season, and being caught
    in the middle this season, has not returned him to the scorer's mentality
    that he originally brought to the Suns. He is a man without a country, so
    to speak. It plays mind games with a young man.

    If his (shooting) role were clear, It would probably even discourage the
    double-teams if Book could move without the ball, catch and shoot.
    And use the rest of his energy playing defense.

    But, as Eddie says, Devin is trying too hard to involve everyone. That
    is not the mentality of a Shooting Guard. The Suns tried to turn him
    into James Harden and it didn't work.


    The difference is in the eye test when the game is on the line. Booker
    has been mediocre in that role in the many close games we've lost.

    And saying that he will be fine with better players around him would
    be a hope, but it would require and end to the constant management
    changes with which he has had to cope.

    The very things that make us believe that he can be a superstar will
    have a hard time surfacing until he gets the hell away from Sarver's
    Folly. So far it has resulted in disappointment.

    Put yourself in his position. Once you're earning millions to play a
    schoolyard game, money is not the primary motivator.

    It's about glory and recognition. The way things are shaping up,
    the Suns are not as pathetic as they've been, but are mediocre.

    That means Book is no closer to being on the All Star team. Or
    in the playoffs. And now that he is familiar with all Suns personnel,
    from top to bottom, as well as the NBA, he can gauge pretty
    accurately what to expect in the future.

    I agree with the poster who said that Devin has gone along with
    the mess he's seen, but is getting closer to wanting out. And
    who could blame him? His patience in not being rewarded.
     
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    Devin has definitely been in a tough situation. I'm surprised he hasn't bailed out, but now isn't the time. The team is clearly trending in the right direction.

    Booker does look a little out of wack sometimes but that is to be expected. He no longer has to run the entire show and he is deferring to others, maybe more than he should but the way defenses are focusing on him its often the smart move. Like the final seconds of the Hornets game when it opened a three for Oubre.
     
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    Here is Bron's explanation for losing concentration.

    https://sports.yahoo.com/had-malfunction-lebron-james-embarrassed-092720705.html
     
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    he’s averaging 24 points and 6 assist. On 50% from the field idk what guys want. This team has a lot of problems Booker ain’t one of them
     
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    He's in a slump of sorts but he'll get out of it. I think some people are over reacting to it. He's averaging 2 fewer points than last season but he is also taking 2 fewer field goals and is playing more efficiently. His usage rate isn't that much different, which is surprising since he's no longer the primary ball handler. Last year his usage rate was 32.9% and it's 28.1% this season. Considering he now shares the floor with a legit NBA level players it was going to go down.

    His turnovers are the same as last year, averaging 4.1 a game, but he's still averaging over 6 assists a game. Last year he was at 6.8 and this year he's sitting at 6.2. He needs to get that number down and I expect he will as he gets more comfortable with his teammates and Monty's system.

    As far as the "eye test" saying he's unhappy, I'm not seeing that. He has looked a little off, a little frustrated, but I'm not that surprised by that since the team as a whole is struggling right now. I'd rather he show some frustration than being all smiles when the team is losing, it shows that he cares. People on this board aren't as joyous and optimistic when discussing the Suns as they were 2 weeks ago either, it happens.

    I looked up his game log and he's only shot 50% or greater once in the last 7 games. I don't know if that's really a slump since this is the first season that he's shot above 50% from the field. When comparing these numbers to his career averages though, it's really not much of a slump at all. For his career he's a 44.2% shooter and averaging 21.6 ppg, so he's scoring a little higher and shooting a tiny bit better than his career averages. This season is young, let him get settled and accustomed to everyone. Here's a link to his career stats, I posted an image of his stats over the last 7 games.

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