Devin Booker’s Rise to Phoenix Suns Star: ‘I Always Knew I Was Capable of This’

November 7th, 2016 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »

Mere minutes into his first Las Vegas Summer League practice with the Phoenix Suns in 2015, Earl Watson, then a newly hired development coach, was fluttering around the gym. He'd seen glimpses of Devin Booker, then all of 18 years old, and had to share the gospel.

"It just hit immediately," Watson said. "You could tell by his demeanor, his confidence, his calm, his drive, his courage."

After two thoroughly dominant offensive displays by Booker over the weekend—38 points against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday and 39 points against the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday—the world is starting to see what Watson and the Suns front office saw leading up to the 2015 draft.

Like everyone else, they were impressed by Booker's sweet stroke through his freshman year at Kentucky. But it was the way he handled the spotlight that set him apart.

"Every time he went out there, he wasn't a wide-eyed kid overwhelmed," said Pat Connelly, Phoenix's assistant general manager. "He looked like he could handle any situation thrown at him, which isn't normal becau ...

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