Don't look now, but Book is now averaging 29 ppg, 5.8 assists, and 5.3 rebounds. He makes three extra threes so far this season and he is flirting with 50-40-90 efficiency. All that while being double and triple-teamed constantly and not yet getting superstar treatment from the refs.
And he is playing quality D. A non-suns fan poster on the realgm gd said that his play is starting to approach prime Kawhi territory.
The bulls really looked to me like a team that was just going through the motions.It seemed curious the Bulls didn't double-team Booker more. Of course, Ayton made that more difficult.
I really liked that addition when we signed him. I figured he'd give us someone at the end of the bench who could actually play a few minutes if we were shorthanded. He's turned out to be so much more than an end of the bench addition.xc_hide_links_from_guests_guests_error_hide_media
The bulls really looked to me like a team that was just going through the motions.
That team without DeRozan would be by far the worst team in the league, which is why I don't think they will trade him - unless they are going to go full on tank.
I used to think Chris Paul and Devin Booker had equal importance. I now see that that's not true. The offense and the defense would both be better with Paul directing them; but without Paul, they're still okay.
But if Booker got injured, the offense would be immediately ruined, because he was just about the the entire offense until DeAndre Ayton kicked his performance up. Damion Lee would probably start for Booker and play acceptably--he has been a huge bargain--but he wouldn't have thirty-point games, much less fifty.