Devin Booker is not a point guard but it seems that him playing the position as much as he is is taking a greater toll on his body than anyone could have anticipated mid-way through last season when he first took over the role.
While the injuries could just be point guard related with Book taking on far too big of a role and trying to do way more than he really should be, if there isn’t a direct correlation to his injuries and he just isn’t going to physically be able to play 78+ games every season, then in those years when he’s missing 20-40 games, his team is going to struggle mightily without him unless a 1-A option is found who can still carry the team in Booker’s absence the way Barkley was able to when KJ couldn’t suit up.
Booker too doesn’t seem to be able to pull a team into contention the way other superstars can.
Granted he is still very young, as is the majority of his teammates, thus making winning more difficult, if a player like LeBron James or Kevin Durant were on this exact same team as Booker, wouldn’t you have to believe that the Suns would be in the playoff hunt as we speak?
Obviously it is unfair to place Booker in the same category as those two and I certainly do not – directly.
But if Book was in a place among the league’s better players who could carry a team on his own, wouldn’t you have to imagine that Phoenix would be better than 4-19 right now and 4-15 in games he plays?
Devin Booker is still great, I am not taking that away from him. But his combination of recurring injuries and his inability to carry a team to at least closer than 6.5 games behind the second worst team in the Western Conference that they are right now, might just be all the evidence we need to know that he isn’t a 1-A, but if the Suns are able to find that player, he will absolutely be one of the best 1-B players in the NBA – just like his predecessor and Ring of Honor member, Kevin Johnson.