Written by: C.Holla
In a season of historic triple-doubles and numerous feats, one feat often gets overlooked. That’s Devin Booker dropping 70 points – yes, if you’re not an NBA fan, that means a player scored 70 points in a game. However, to the casual NBA fan, it seems forgotten. I’m going to break down and analyze Booker’s big moments through the past season.
Here is a fun comparison: Booker in his 2nd season scored 70 points against the Celtics. Michael Jordan in his 2nd season scored 63. Both games were in Boston! Yes, Jordan’s 63 game was in the playoffs; however, given Boston’s reputation as a tough place to play, this was quite the feat regardless if it was in March instead of in April. Booker & the Suns lost the game 130-120. His 70 points is still an accomplishment and was fun to watch. Booker was drafted as 13th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by Phoenix Suns. Booker’s rookie season, in which he averaged close to 14 points a game, landed him a place on the NBA All-Rookie team. However, Booker’s improvements came last season, which was his second in the NBA.
In the clips listed, mainly the 70 pts clip, at the 2:45 mark Booker uses his low post game to score his points. Most guards don’t have a low post game, Booker uses his. A reminder that he is a 2nd year, 20 year old player! His intelligence on the court is like that of a veteran. In the April 7th game against the Thunder, Booker managed to score 21 of his 37 points in 4th quarter, as you see in the clip below.
This was a game where Russell Westbrook posted a triple-double!
In the Suns vs Mavs game, Booker scored 29 of his 39 in the 4th. Like many great players, the 4th quarter seems to be the quarter Booker goes on a roll. Win or lose. Bottom line, the kid can be special for the league. All the signs of potential greatness are present. Can he be the next Kobe? That may be a stretch, but put nothing past a player who can score 70 points on the road in a tense environment.
April 7, 2017 duel vs Westbrook:
January 21, 2017 game winning shot vs the Knicks:
Edited by: Vijay Vaidyanathan