Player of the Week: Devin Booker continues to shine

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 14: Devin Booker
PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 14: Devin Booker /

With only two games in the second week of January, Devin Booker continued to show Phoenix Suns’ fans why he’s the franchise superstar.

The second week in the month of January was a slow one for the Phoenix Suns. The club only had two matchups during that time span, however one thing became crystal clear: Devin Booker has further developed a different aspect of his game. Booker’s playmaking skills are becoming even more evident as this new year continues to progress.

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In the Suns’ loss to the Houston Rockets, Booker showed that even though he has great play making abilities, he has to continue to hone those skills. He ended the contest with 29 points, six rebounds, nine assists, two steals and nine turnovers, while shooting 9-18 on field goal attempts and 3-8 on 3-point attempts. While nine assists is very encouraging for Booker, nine turnovers are just as discouraging.

Booker showed improvement in his ability to protect the ball in the Suns’ defeat to the Indiana Pacers. Booker had 15 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four turnovers. He also shot a poor 5-16 from the floor and 1-6 from behind the arc. While his shooting was off, he had a much better night creating offense for other Suns’ players while cutting down on his turnovers.

Honorable mention

For the second straight week Josh Jackson gets honorable mention, because yet again, he didn’t play in one game this week due to injury. However, in the game he did play in, he had 21 points, six rebounds and three assists while shooting 43.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from deep. Jackson set a career high in that contest. If Jackson could have played both games this week, there is a chance he could have gotten player of the week.

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Booker ended the week with 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 1.0 steal average. Even though the Phoenix Suns lost both the games they played in this week, the club saw positives from both Devin Booker and Josh Jackson. The Suns shouldn’t worry about their short term record if they continue to see growth from their young players like this.