On this off-day, I wanted to take a few moments to share a few thoughts about Devin Booker's impressive..."/> On this off-day, I wanted to take a few moments to share a few thoughts about Devin Booker's impressive..."/>

My Mind’s on Devin Booker, and Devin Booker’s on My Mind

Mar 12, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker prior to the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Portland defeated Phoenix 110-101. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 12, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker prior to the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Portland defeated Phoenix 110-101. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 28, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) looks on before the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2017; Memphis, TN, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) looks on before the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports /

Should he Sit?

With the Los Angeles Lakers now 1/2 a game ahead of Phoenix in the standings (should both teams lose out, they would have a tied regular season record of 22-60) there is more reason now than ever for Phoenix to continue to lose.

Had the Lakers not won on Sunday and went winless the rest of the year, a single Suns win would have affected nothing in the standings. But now that the Suns can control their own destiny just by losing since a winless final four games means the worst they can finish is tied for the second-worst record, a win now actually only hurts them in that race.

Should the Suns lose to Golden State and Oklahoma City as expected, games against Dallas and Sacramento offer them a much higher chance of stealing at least one final victory before the season ends. Therefore, unless Los Angeles wins two of their next five games (a legitimate plausibility based on their remaining schedule as unlikely as it is) Phoenix cannot afford to win again. Therefore the Suns might actually consider benching Booker in those Dallas and Sacramento games to further guarantee losses.

Sitting him for a full game without injury would not only be ridiculous and silly, but resting him in game for extended periods of time playing Leandro Barbosa and Jerrell Eddie more could be an option.

Starting Booker, then depending on how the first quarter unfolds benching him for much of the second quarter, starting him in the third, then pulling him early and only returning him late in the fourth, could almost all but guarantee the team down by double-digits, preventing a Phoenix victory.

Granted the Suns could easily find themselves losing significantly with him on the court totally negating the need to bench him in the first place, but should the game remain in doubt for the majority of the first half to three quarters, keeping Booker off the court would help in the losing effort.

Not to mention, if the Suns have gone this far to tank, why not make sure you finish the job right.