1. Devin Booker (43.4% of the vote)
It seems a little premature doesn’t it? Again, voters were likely to be of an age profile that would be more in line with thinking Devin Booker is the greatest Sun of all time. We can only go by the results though, and they have brought us to this point.
Booker has never won an MVP award, although unlike Nash (who many would have assumed would take top spot), he has already been to the NBA Finals. The margin between the two was close here, but if we’re talking about who the better all around player is, isn’t that actually Booker?
Not that he’s the Suns’ best player ever at this point — but if he keeps going on this trajectory — he absolutely will be. On a stacked roster that features Durant, Bradley Beal and Deandre Ayton, this is still Booker’s team. It was even his group when Paul was on the roster, which is in itself high praise.
His postseason explosion last season (he led the league in scoring at 33.7 points per game) looks like a sign of things to come, and the “Point-Booker” experiment should ensure his assist numbers start to go north as well. Booker might not be thought of as an elite defender, but there’s no question his body type ensures he can guard more players than Nash admirably did.
There’s little doubt Booker is already a top five Sun. Depending on your feelings on Barkley or if Davis came along prematurely, he’s probably top three. But to take number one overall at only 26-years-old? When was the last time that happened? LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers? Rare territory for Booker here then, and one which Suns fans placed him in themselves.