Devin Booker Wants To Be The Suns’ New Steve Nash

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A long, fruitful career lies ahead of Devin Booker. The youngest player in the NBA last season took the league by storm with his scoring prowess and magic from beyond the arc. Selected No. 13 overall in last year’s draft, Booker wasn’t expected to burst onto the scene in his first season. At age 18, he could barely buy a pack of Marlboros, nevertheless navigate pick-and-roll defense at the NBA level. Booker’s talents weren’t on full display at Kentucky because of their star-studded starting five, but the former Wildcat displayed his star power in his rookie season. He talked to Slam about spending his entire career in Phoenix and possibly entering their ring of honor.

Ever envision yourself going into that Ring?

“Definitely,” he answers, without hesitation. “I love it in Phoenix and I want to be one of those guys that gets drafted by one team and stays there the whole time. You know, they turn around the franchise, and they get love for that in that city like they’re the mayor…People still wear Steve Nash jerseys here. That’s definitely something I want to be.”

Earning First Team All-Rookie honors bodes well for Booker’s chance at becoming a Suns legend. That’s something even Steve Nash didn’t do. The baby-faced guard has a lot of work to do, but the opportunity and talent is all there.