3 Phoenix Suns players whose trade value increased in 2023.
3. Devin Booker
We will get the obvious out of the way early, but Booker was phenomenal in the postseason. Before getting stopped by the Denver Nuggets in six, he was having the kind of run that has ended in a parade for other players in the past. It wasn’t just that Booker averaged over 33 points per game throughout.
He did whatever the team needed him to, and he caught fire most nights to help the Suns beat the L.A. Clippers in five, before hanging around with the Nuggets longer than anybody else in the Western Conference could manage. Those 47 and 45 point nigghts versus the Clippers were special.
Booker would repeat this trick, pouring 47 and then 36 in back-to-back wins to help his side out of a 2-0 hole versus the Nuggets. Nikola Jokic is that good, and right now it is looking like his year. But to write off what Booker did would be ridiculous, and despite seemingly being around forever, he is still somehow only 26-years-old.
He is a top 10 player in the league who the Suns wouldn’t trade, so why is he here? Well, Booker is now so good and has reached yet another level that it would not be ridiculous for him to headline a trade for any other player in the league. Not that Suns fans want that to happen, but even if he isn’t going to be traded anytime soon, his value still increased.
Let’s say Giannis Antetokounmpo decides he wants out of the Milwaukee Bucks. Booker straight up is now a place to start the conversation, and that has not always been the case. Put another way and the front office likely wouldn’t trade him for Joel Embiid. You know, the guy who just won the MVP award this year.
Booker is special, and we are about to embark on his prime years. He’s not for sale at any price, but the price still went up a notch off the back of his playoff performances this season. He is the perfect player to have next to Durant, offensively at least, and his value is most certainly as high as it has ever been.