The Phoenix Suns have not won anything yet. After beating the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 in impressive fashion, the Suns are still a win away from a second straight trip to the Western Conference Finals.
This isn’t a victory lap post, it's an appreciation post.
Leading the way on Tuesday night was 25 year old superstar-in-the-making Devin Booker who had a handful of back breaking buckets en route to leading all scorers with 28 points.
Along the way, Booker had yet another classic Devin Booker to be added to the growing legend of DBook.
Add this to his signature pose laying on the ground, his fist bump with a baby earlier in the playoffs and his emergence as a top 5 MVP candidate and you’ve got yourself a homegrown superstar.
Let’s take a moment and appreciate how Devin Booker has exceeded our expectations for him before he turns 26.
A few years ago when the Suns were still in the midst of their mostly self-inflicted misery, this version of Devin Booker was just a theory. He was just a hope amidst a franchise swallowed up in hopelessness.
Sure, Devin Booker was very good then but he was very good for a team that did not matter at all. What could he be if the Suns were good? How would this young star perform on the bigger stages?
We didn’t know but we hoped it would work out.
Now, two postseasons into his career it, Devin Booker has exceeded our expectations from the lowest moments of the franchise.
He’s not only the best player on the Suns, he’s the guy willing them to victory. He’s not only everything he once was, he’s more of all of it.
Devin Booker is the rare player who entered the league with minimal expectations, immediately exceeded those expectations and didn’t stop there.
Think about Booker’s trajectory in relation to another young Valley star, Kyler Murray.
If you could pick one player for Kyler to emulate in his own path to stardom, it would be Devin Booker.
The improvement arc of Booker is what you would want from any young star.
He was good in last year’s postseason, even better during this past regular season and has gone to an even higher level in the current playoffs. Over the last two postseasons, Devin Booker has scored 25 or more points in 18 of his last 30 playoff games.
Booker has reached a point with the current version of the Suns that it should be the rest of the team mirroring Devin Booker’s tone, including Chris Paul.
He’s mean, he’s lethal, he’s fearless, he’s feisty, he’s angry, he’s composed and he’s leading the Suns.
Devin Booker started out as an idea and now he’s a reality and it's better than anything anyone imagined.