I do not want to alarm you, but you should prepare for a world where are the Phoenix Suns NBA champions. It is the only logical conclusion that could be reached after one of the saddest groups in the league defeats the Clippers on Saturday, 130-122, with no starting center (Deandre Ayton) or point guard (Ricky Rubio) and on the second night of an opponent had-back to where the game of the previous evening went into extra time. Los Angeles meanwhile had an additional rest day, arguably the best player in the league, and a stellar side cast that defeated LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Steph Curry. Despite these advantages, the Clippers were unable to handle a team led by a highly motivated Devin Booker ̵
Although Booker was some of the best players on this team for some time, his professional achievements are not exactly filled with noteworthy milestones. The best thing you can say about him so far is that he's a shoot-first combo guard who scored 70 points in a double-digit loss to the Celtics . One could almost forgive that after this summer, he would have thought even less of him than the video of the 22-year-old who was a bit of a Nark in a pickup game.
But so far in this beginning of the season he looked very different. Booker is more promising and able than ever to lead his team through a loaded Western conference. As his highlight tape on Saturday shows, not only can he still take the lead and be the top scorer, but he can do more to find open players around the pitch so he can force fewer shots. If this style of play continues, Booker will certainly achieve a career boost in assists in one season – achieving an average of 8.3 per game in three games]
Especially for this game, his best attribute was the confidence he had to counter Patrick Beverley so that his team was not harmed (ie ejected). Although this battle brought Booker into trouble, he finally had the last laugh when he forced the vivacious Los Angeles guard to surpass just over six minutes before the end of the game. When Beverley left the court, the Suns Bank said goodbye to him.
This is not nearly as Booker would have handled things in the past few seasons. When things were not going well, he almost made it his business to find a way to leave the game, whether by throwing out (19459007) or by playing so badly (19459007) as his coach had no choice, than to pull him out of the game. Now he's reacting in a way that humiliates big-maul players like Beverley.
Booker's new approach to the game was quite contagious to the rest of his team. Players banned from other teams have found a new life in more demanding roles in Phoenix. Dario Saric finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, Aron Baynes had 14 and eight boards with two blocks, Kelly Oubre Jr. had 20 and five rebounds with three steals, and even Frank Kaminsky flew with 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists. These numbers came again to the crazy Clippers! Do you know, this team, who have many serious title contenders? Seems pretty good in my opinion.