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Devin Booker, one of the youngest competitive NBA players

Devin Booker

Devin Booker Biography

Devin Booker

Devin Booker. [Credit/thespun.com]

Devin Booker is an American professional basketball. His full byline is Devin Armani Booker. He was born on 30th October 1996 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States.

His parents are Melvin Booker and Veronica Gutierrez. Devin as well has siblings named Davon Wade and Mya Powell. His dad played for three teams in the NBA.

Booker is a player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Devin played in the 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game. That was before he spent one season playing college basketball for the University of Kentucky.

Devin Booker was drafted 13th overall in the 2015 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns. His determination saw him escalate to greater heights. On 24th March 2017, Booker was crowned the youngest player to score over 60 points in a game. That was after he finished with 70 against the Boston Celtics.

At the age of 22 years old, Booker became the youngest player in NBA history with consecutive 50-point games.

Having played at the college level, Devin played in several games. His first Kentucky exhibition game was against the University of Pikeville, which was held on 2nd November 2014. He emerged as the team’s second-leading scorer with 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting. That was in the inclusion of two three-pointers and three assists.

Devin Booker professional career

Booker began his professional career officially in the year 2015. He was selected with the thirteen overall picks by the Phoenix Suns in the 2015 NBA draft.

Devin later in July signed his rookie scale contract with the Suns. He put impressive efforts while there resulting in good scores. In seven subsequent Summer League games, he averaged 15.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

Booker made his NBA debut two days before his 19th birthday. That was in the Sun’s season opener against the Dallas Mavericks.

Devin Booker became the first player in NBA history to debut at 18 years old after playing at least one year of college basketball.

In 21 minutes of action against the Mavericks, he scored 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting in a 111–95 loss. Booker began the season as a backup shooting guard.

Throughout the early portion of the season, a late December injury to starting guard Eric Bledsoe on December 26 led to Devin’s promotion to the starting line-up for the rest of the season.

Before his teammate’s injury, Booker was producing averages of 5.4 points, 0.9 rebounds, and 0.8 assists in 14.1 minutes of play. His production then increased throughout the second half of the season.

Booker is celebrated globally for his prowess on the basketball court. His progress went on well season by season.

Devin Booker career progression

He finished fourth in the 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year Award voting and earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honours. In addition, he became the first Suns player to be named as a member of the All-Rookie Team since Amar’e Stoudemire in 2003.

On to the 2016-2017 season, Devin Booker played two games for the Suns during the Las Vegas Summer League.

He continued to make a positive impact in all the games that he took part in. Devin had a contract extension with the Suns. He signed a five-year contract worth $ 158 million with the team.

In the 2020 NBA Bubble, Booker helped the Suns reached an 8–0 record as of August 11, 2020, holding an 8-game winning streak for the first time since the 2009–10 season.

On January 22, 2021, Booker reached 8,000 points scored in a 130–126 overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets, straining his left hamstring during that overtime.

He returned to action on February 1, reaching 700 career three-point shots, including a game-winning 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds left in the game, to win 109–108 over the Dallas Mavericks.

Devin Booker’s net worth

According to reports, Devin Booker has a net worth approximated to be over $ 50 million. Booker signed the richest deal by a Phoenix Suns player back in 2018. His total career earnings by the end of 2021 would be $65,032,653, per Spotrac.

Devin Booker’s salary

Forbes report that Booker bags a salary of approximately $20.6 million per year.

Devin Booker

Devin Booker.[Credit/sportsnet.ca]

Devin Booker’s endorsements

Forbes estimates that the shooting guard made $6 million from endorsements alone in 2020. Booker has an endorsement deal with the Nike Company.

Devin Booker foundation and charity work

Booker is known by motive choice to give back to society. The NBA star by working with the Suns’ Charities board of directors pledged a $2.5 million splits between five non-profit organizations.

The Suns’ guard donated $100,000 in and around Phoenix and also campaigned to raise funds to help the community during the COVID-19 lockdown.

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