Devin Booker's development has been interrupted

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  1. BC867

    BC867 Long time Phoenician! Contributor

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    This thread is entitled, "Devin Booker's development has been interrupted".

    By being moved to Point Guard out of desperation last season, while still
    being our best scorer. And now, still trying too hard to involve other
    players, which is getting in the way of his specialty, scoring, especially
    in clutch situations. And being double-teamed while trying to do both.

    There is a big difference being a problem and wanting to be a superstar,
    but falling short. Such as, despite his stats for the game, not being in
    the class of Michael or Kobe with the game on the line. And not being
    selected an All Star yet. Which could very well happen again this season.

    When a marginal player exceeds expectations, it is a plus, like the way
    Baynes started the season. But his body couldn't handle the rigors of it.

    When a player who wants to be great falls short, there is disappointment.
    That is human nature.

    Especially when the managing investor is a meddling fool who has gone
    through many General Managers and Head Coaches, when he is the problem.

    This situation is a lot more complex and sophisticated than "Booker ain't
    one of them." He is, in fact, one of Sarver's victims.
     
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    oh yeah that’s true the front office has done everything possible to stunt his growth. Like I’ve said what 6 coaches in 5 seasons a rotating lineup every year.

    by the way Booker is one of the most clutch guys in the NBA. He’s proven it
     
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    Not lately, unfortunately. He's been in a funk.
     
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    have we had any games come down to the wire?

    his numbers are pretty much identical to last year
     
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    Between him and oubre.. I'm extremely luke warm when it comes to putting something big together. With that said...it is what it is...but they won't be a pair that gets this team extremely competitive night in and out. Imo
     
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    This thread title should have been Booker’s Development Arrested.”

    that would have gotten a little attention.
     
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    It was nice to have superstar Booker back tonight.
     
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    At least until they switched Jrue onto him at the end which totally negated him and relegated him to decoy status. Bookers inability to do anything in the last 3 minutes and OT when Jrue locked him down was concerning. Luckily Monty was wise enough to counter by going away from him.
     
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    He is one of the best defenders in the league. He also shut down in past games Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant a bunch of other scorers the past couple seasons. I liken this to sticking your best corner on the best receiver in the NFL. Booker was also double teamed a few times as well. Not really that concerned. Dude was phenomenal overall.
     
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    It was Jrue + a double. They were leaving Rubio alone
     
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    I appreciate what Devin Booker has done for the Suns. But I believe that his ceiling is a very good offensive
    player, not potentially at the Michael, Kobe or Harden level, which seems to be what this debate is about.

    Your explanation alibis that. An excellent defender shut down Booker. Booker did not outplay the excellent
    defender. Luckily Monty knew to call plays to overcome that and attain the victory.

    There has been nothing wrong hoping that Booker would be absolutely elite. There is also nothing wrong
    with accepting that he is in the category below that. Which, unfortunately, will probably be supported
    when he does not get chosen as an All Star, barring last minute injuries to All Star guards.

    I'd like to see him chosen, on behalf of the Suns, but it doesn't look probable. Time will tell.
     
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    Come on guys. The Pelicans were aggressively trying to take away Booker late, but he still had 8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal in the 4th quarter and overtime. And he was godly the rest of the game. Even the all time greats have stretches in games where the defense gives them problems. That was a great sign from Devin and one of the top performances of the year from a player. Be encouraged.
     
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    Starting to think Booker's ceiling is Michael Redd. Great player and likely an All Star at least once, but not a superstar, not a franchise player, and not the best player on a good team.
     
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    I can't even, wow. Booker is already significantly better than Michael Redd was even on his best day.
     
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    Lol
     
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