Devin Booker, drafted 13th overall in the 2015 NBA Draft, is certainly a player who’s on the rise. The right-handed sharpshooter could become an All-Star level player sooner, rather than later.
Booker shot 34.3% from three-point-range last season, which isn’t exceptional, but he’s only 19. He was 18-years-old for the majority of the NBA season.
It’s hard to make player comparisons after only one year, but Booker’s per 36 minute stats aren’t much different than Ray Allen’s.
Here’s how the two compare per 36 minutes:
17.9 points, 3.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds, .8 steals, 2.7 turnovers
15.7 points, 3.0 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 1.1 steals, 2.1 turnovers
Not much different, huh?
Ray Allen is one of the best shooters of all-time, and as such, he had a better 3P% than Booker in his rookie year. Allen shot 39.3% in his rookie year compared to Booker’s 34.3%.
Booker was three years younger than Allen when he made his NBA debut.
Outside of deep shooting, Booker surprised many with his ability to get to the rim often. The deep shooter took 184 shots from the rim in his rookie year, and 289 shots from three-point-range.
Here’s how Booker’s heat map looks:
Booker has the perfect skill set for the future of the NBA. He’s athletic, has a long wingspan, can shoot and can get to the rim. Booker is 6’6″, 205 lbs, and has a 6’8″ wingspan.
In addition to his ideal size for a shooting guard, Booker’s quick release gives him an advantage over most defenders.
The shooting guard has continued to thrive on the offense in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 21.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists.
Booker’s defense needs work, but so do the Suns as a whole. Based solely off the eye test, the young wing player is a pretty solid defender in transition. What he needs to focus on mostly is his half-court defense.
I wholeheartedly believe that Devin Booker’s ceiling is a hybrid of Ray Allen and Klay Thompson. Those are extremely lofty comparisons but with his youth and his advanced skill set, there’s no limit to his potential.
Devin Booker will play in an All-Star game by his 22nd birthday.