Phoenix Suns’ success should encourage Booker to stick around

Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images) /

The Phoenix Suns are exciting. Watching the team go on this incredible run the past few weeks has been an absolute thrill.

As a fan of the team, when Draymond Green said Devin Booker needs to get out of Phoenix because it isn’t good for him, that hurt. Not just because he was calling out the Phoenix Suns for being so bad during the tenure of Devin Booker, but because I also have been wondering if Devin Booker might want out. He’s gotten to be the star of the team, and I’m sure he has enjoyed being the go-to guy.

Having said that, he also wants to win. And I’ve been begging for the Suns to just reach a level of competence that could convince the Suns’ fanbase that things were heading in the right direction, but most importantly, I hoped Booker would become convinced of this as well. I’ve hoped that he would be able to see that this ship could be turned around, and he wouldn’t want to Paul George his way out of here.

The Phoenix Suns are back.

I was cautiously optimistic that the Suns could be competitive upon the return, but I knew it would be a huge challenge without Oubre and Baynes. Then the Suns won their first game against the Wizards. Not exactly the most challenging opponent, but a win is a win. Then they go and beat the Mavericks. Another huge win. Then, the iconic Devin Booker shot over two defenders. That shot forced every NBA fan to stop and take notice of what was going on with the Suns. The wins kept piling on.

While all of the winning is not going to lead to more postseason basketball, and the season is over for the Suns, I can also confidently say, the Suns are BACK. You don’t go on a run like the Suns did and call it a fluke. The Suns stayed undefeated in the bubble, and they’re the only team that can say that.

This wasn’t a team that was led by a bunch of savvy veterans. It was a run made by a bunch of young, talented players. Devin Booker, Deandre Ayton, Cameron Johnson, and Mikal Bridges were playing plenty of minutes against the best of what the NBA has to offer, and they won every time. Ricky Rubio and Dario Saric also obviously played big roles and it was great to see them contribute in the bubble, but what this showed the fans, and most importantly the organization, is that this youthful team is ready to compete.

Sorry Draymond, but there’s no need for Devin Booker to force his way out of Phoenix, he’s found a winner.

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