Devin Booker's growth

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Hmmm... I don’t think he’s considered anywhere near top 5 offensive player.

Kyrie
Harden
Steph
Embiid
Jokic
LeBron
Durant
Kawhi
Giannis
Lillard
Beal
Doncic

That’s 13 guys ahead of him that come to mind immediately as superior offensive players right off the bat.

then you could argue the Tatum, Zion, KAT and Mitchell’s of the league who are prob even with him.

Forgot about Embiid.. He’s scoring 29 a game on 18 shots nearly hitting 10 FT’s while shooting just under 38% from 3.
 

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Forgot about Embiid.. He’s scoring 29 a game on 18 shots nearly hitting 10 FT’s while shooting just under 38% from 3.

feel like Westbrook has a pretty good argument to be at the low end of that list as well.
 

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Is he even close to a kobe light version? Minus the rings of course lol
 

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I'd give Booker the edge over Westbrook, for sure. Definitely as a scorer. Westbrook is good, sometimes great, but he's not efficient at all.

I’ve been off the Westbrook train for a couple years now. He’s playing a different game than everyone else and pretty much un-coachable.
 

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He's great at anticipating what defenders will do and that allows him to get by guys or get a little bit of space to do something.
I think that’s more accurate than blowing by guys. Again he doesn’t have the handles to put other guards in skates and his first step isn’t scary fast. What book is, in my opinion, is a sneaky athlete and incredibly crafty.
 

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Booker is also pretty crafty at creating space for himself through body contact. He is strong enough to initiate and finish through that contact, but it comes at the risk of offensive fouls which he does seem to get often.
 

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I think this is attributable, at least in part, to the fact that neither his handles nor his first step are next level. They’re not a detriment, but defenders aren’t worried he’s just going to blow by them. This allows they to play up on him defensively. He rarely has room for good looks beyond the arc.
Devin has shown growth every year in the NBA. He seems to hone in on one thing each off season and make it into a strength: shooting efficiency, passing, defense, free throw percentage...

I mentioned this last year, but I hope Monty and Chris will be in his ear this off season about his handles. He has a lot of unforced turnovers off the dribble, dribbling off his leg, losing the ball in traffic, making silly cross court passes, and getting stripped by average defenders. I'd bet he's one of the worst in the league at ball security on one on ones.

It's an easy fix though: tell Book he sucks at ball security then walk away. Next year, watch out.
 

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Devin has shown growth every year in the NBA. He seems to hone in on one thing each off season and make it into a strength: shooting efficiency, passing, defense, free throw percentage...

I mentioned this last year, but I hope Monty and Chris will be in his ear this off season about his handles. He has a lot of unforced turnovers off the dribble, dribbling off his leg, losing the ball in traffic, making silly cross court passes, and getting stripped by average defenders. I'd bet he's one of the worst in the league at ball security on one on ones.

It's an easy fix though: tell Book he sucks at ball security then walk away. Next year, watch out.

Yup. Handles are next on the agenda.
 

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Booker is a fantastic player but he is not kobe or elite......At least not yet. We will see in the playoffs. If he rises and takes the team to the finals then he'll be in the discussion, but he has yet to prove he is at that level. Until then he is just one of many good players.
 

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