Let’s just engage in a quick hypothetical. What if the Pelicans struggle again this year, Alvin Gentry gets fired, Demarcus Cousins decides he doesn’t want to sign an extension, and Anthony Davis demands out of a bad situation. According to Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated, David wanting out is not farfetched. He believes that the Pelicans “could be completely upside-down by this time next summer. They could be almost unrecognizable to the point where if you’re Davis that could be the last straw in terms of wanting to be there.”
The Suns have some assets to offer if the opportunity to get Anthony Davis arose. Would Devin Booker be one worth giving up? Obviously, I would do anything to get a deal done without including Booker. However, if it came down to it, I believe Davis is so good that Booker is a necessary price to pay. And frankly, I don’t believe too many people would disagree with me on this.
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“The Brow” is only 24-years-old, so he still has several years of his prime yet. He has put up amazing numbers his entire career. He has averaged at least 20 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks every season since he was 20 years old. During the 2016-17 season alone he averaged 28 PPG and about 12 RPG while shooting about 30% from three. How many other players could compete to become Defensive Player of the Year, scoring champion, and rebounding champion in the same year? Did I mention he’s only 24?
What all these players have in common is incredible athleticism for their size, and Anthony Davis is no different. When the Suns drafted him, most analysts assumed Devin Booker was a three-point shooting specialist, and not much more. He has proven everyone wrong by developing an all-around offensive game. Yes he can shoot, but he can also put the ball on the floor, draw fouls, and distribute the ball. He’s more athletic than anyone realized and his potential is enormous. I would never want to trade him. However, each of these players on this list are one of kind. They offer a combination of skills that few other players can. That said, I hope we never trade Booker.