The Phoenix Suns’ 3 ‘best value’ contracts ahead of 2022-23

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Phoenix Suns, Devin Booker
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Phoenix Suns’ third-best value contract: Devin Booker

Is it possible to put someone on this list who’s poised to make over $60 million in season 2027-28? As crazy as that may sound, Booker’s value to the franchise is almost priceless. It’s for this reason that owner Robert Sarver and general manager James Jones were quick to offer him a four-year, $224 million contract extension.

That won’t actually kick in until the 2024-25 season, but we’ll include it as part of Booker’s six-year contract with the Suns that will net him nearly $300 million guaranteed.

On the floor, Booker has made incremental improvements in each of his seven seasons. He averaged career-highs in points (26.8), rebounds (5), steals (1.1) and blocks (0.4) last season, while shooting a career-best 38.3% from three-point range.

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It was the defensive end where Booker took great strides, evolving himself into an impactful two-way player rather than just an electric scorer. His well refined game has now led him to being named the best shooting-guard in the league in a recent ranking by HoopsHype.

His value may be best identified by the fact that in his 14 games missed last season, the Suns had a record of 8-6. While that’s by no means bad, it did actually equate to a third of Phoenix’s losses throughout the regular season.

Off the floor, Booker has developed into the undoubted face of the franchise. This makes him a key resource and tool for any marketing avenues. This, combined with his fluent playstyle that draws crowds, makes him a valuable asset well beyond his playing production.

Of course, Booker may stagnate or decline to the point where his contract is seen as an overpay. But for now, with his current rate of ascension, he simply must be on this list despite the massive money.