Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker has elevated his game to new levels.
Those in the Valley have watched him come quite the way since he first entered the league. Now, as we sit here today, Booker is an All-NBA first team player that finished high in recent MVP voting and has made All-Star appearances the last three years.
While Booker is still charging for that first NBA Finals title and working on other ways to fine-tune his craft, HoopsHype has Booker as the best shooting guard in the league ahead of the 2022-23 season:
Devin Booker Tops HoopsHype’s SG Rankings
Here’s what Frank Urbina had to say on Booker’s ranking:
“If you only look at the raw statistics, you might believe Devin Booker has plateaued over the past few seasons, as he has hovered around 25-to-26 points per game since 2017-18.
“But that’s why both the eye test and advanced metrics should be used when evaluating players, as, according to just about every advanced stat, Booker had the best year of his career in 2021-22. Booker put up a career-best mark in VORP (+3.6), BPM (+4.1) and Win Shares (7.6). Those VORP and BPM clips were healthy enough, by the way, to place Booker among the NBA’s 20-most impactful players last season.
“Booker’s raw statistics were eye-catching, too, as the former Kentucky Wildcat posted a 26.8/5.0/4.8 stat line while shooting 38.3 percent from three. And he did so while leading the Phoenix Suns to the best regular season in their franchise’s history … though one that didn’t end without drama.
“Booker and Co. will have to answer for their embarrassing Game 7 home defeat to Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks, one that ended Phoenix’s campaign merely in round two when many had them pegged as championship contenders. 2022-23 will go a long way towards answering which was the fluke: the Suns’ regular-season greatness or their embarrassing postseason exit.
“Regardless, what we don’t expect to change is Booker’s standing as the best 2-guard in the NBA when 2022-23 rolls around. Hence, his place in our ranking at No. 1.”
Their top ten list is as followed:
1. Devin Booker
2. Donovan Mitchell
3. Jaylen Brown
4. Zach Lavine
5. Anthony Edwards
6. Bradley Beal
7. Dejounte Murray
8. CJ McCollum
9. Tyrese Maxey
10. Desmond Bane
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