It’s going to be another long season for the Suns as they try to build something from the young pieces on their roster. One piece they already know is going to be a big part of their future is Devin Booker. The guard out of Kentucky was paid to be the face of the franchise over the summer as Phoenix gave him a 5-year $158 million max extension.
Booker has been worth the money so far. He makes the Suns watchable and much better. The Suns are 10.6 points per 100 possessions worse when Booker is not on the floor. Unfortunately, he’s been battling injuries throughout this season and on Sunday against the Lakers he appeared to aggravate his hamstring while running for a loose ball.
The video showing Booker walking off the floor was not encouraging.
This could be bad. Phoenix is already without any real point guards on the roster so Booker has been playing that role for them recently and the team just released Isaiah Canaan to roll with the Point Book lineups more. Without him the Suns are left with few options to move the ball and run the offense. That can’t be great for a team trying to develop young players like DeAndre Ayton.
The Suns aren’t going to win much this season even if Booker plays, but you want your best players to be healthy. Booker was already averaging 24.5 points, 7.0 assists, and 3.7 rebounds per game and appeared to be on pace to another phenomenal year. This could put a delay on that.
Update: Booker did indeed aggravate that left hamstring and was deemed questionable to return to the game.