Player of the Week: Devin Booker can’t be stopped

DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Devin Booker
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 19: Devin Booker /

After winning last week’s player of the week award, the Phoenix Suns’ star elevated his game to a higher level in the third week of January.

It shouldn’t be surprising for any Phoenix Suns‘ fan to see Devin Booker taking his second straight player of the week award. Booker is the franchise cornerstone and the team’s best player. What fans should be surprised and excited for is how much Booker bolstered his numbers just from last week. In this third, seven day span of January, Devin Booker showed fans that his potential has no limit.

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In a close loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, Devin Booker outperformed every player on both teams. He scored a game high 43 points while also ending the game with six rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one block. He also shot 14-29 on field goal attempts, 5-12 on his 3-pointers and made all 10 of his free throw shots. This was Booker’s second 40-plus point game this season.

The Suns bounced back with a win against the Denver Nuggets. Booker tied with Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray with a game high of 30 points. Booker also had five rebounds, five assists, one steal and block, while shooting 11-23 from the floor, 4-11 of his shots from behind the arc and made all four of his shots from the charity stripe. This was Booker’s third game with at least 30 points this month.

Honorable Mention

Isaiah Canaan‘s solid scoring this week makes him honorable mention for this week. Canaan averaged 13.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 0.5 blocks and 1.0 steal, while shooting 45.4 percent from the field and 3-point line. He also made his only free throw attempt for the week.

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It’s great to see such production from Booker, he averaged 36.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.0 block and 1.5 steals, while he shot 48.1 percent on field goal attempts and 39.1 percent on his shots from deep. While only a small sample size, Booker continues to show signs of becoming one of the elite players in the NBA.