Sport All-Star Moment of the Day: Devin Booker outduels Damian Lillard as Suns continue upward surge
The order of merit: Gold Coast Suns 2021 season
Who are the Suns players that should play to their optimum level in season 2021? To be eligible for selection, a player must have played at least five games in season 2020, so there can be a reference point as far as those players who apply their talent the best at AFL level. It appears as if all the Suns’ key players have a clean bill of health. It was tough to leave out players like David Swallow, Sam Day and Izak Rankine, but the reality is good players are going to miss out, because there are only ten players to choose from (plus an honourable mention).
A day before the 2021 NBA All-Star reserves were set to be announced, Suns Devin Booker made sure he put everybody on notice.
Through three quarters against the Portland Trail Blazers, the 6'5" guard scored 34 points on an efficienct 12-of-17 shooting from the field and for not the first time this season, he started out on fire:
D-Book came to play ????
17 PTS | 6-8 FG | 10 min— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport)
He chipped-in with another 12 points in the third quarter when the Suns opened the game up by outscoring the Trail Blazers 37-17.
Booker has had the hot hand in February, averaging 26.8 points, 4.5 assists, and 4.1 rebounds while shooting nearly 53 percent from the field, 44 percent from beyond the arc, and 88 percent from the free-throw line.
NBA All-Star Game 2021: Devin Booker named as injury replacement for Anthony Davis
Suns guard Devin Booker will make his second-straight All-Star appearance, joining teammate Chris Paul in Atlanta. It marks the first time the Suns have multiple All-Star selections since Steve Nash and Amar'e Stoudemire in 2009-10.New to NBA League Pass? It’s your game, your rules. Watch your favourite team and choose the games you want. Get your free trial now.
As he has racked up those numbers, the Suns have gone 10-2 in February and have overall won 12 of their 14. A large part of the team's recent success has been courtesy the play of their backcourt in Booker and Chris Paul, and the team defence, something that held Damian Lillard to just 24 points (1-7 3s) and seven assists.
"There's no doubt about it," Suns head coach"No one can debate that Book's not an All-Star. End of story."
Booker, however, believes there should be not one, but two Suns in the All-Star Game.
Booker thinks he and CP3 should be in the ASG.
We'll find out tomorrow!— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ)
The shooting guard was one of five players to score in double figures as Paul took the back seat in this one, scoring just two points but dishing out a game-high nine assists.
The Suns now improve to 20-10 for the season, their best 30-game start since 2007-08. This win, by a blowout margin of 32 points (132-100), is the first time the franchise has recorded.
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