The 2017-18 NBA season has not started the way many fans expected, as several young stars are putting up some incredible numbers and are relishing in the spotlight, while the older and more veteran players have yet to get themselves going yet.
One of those young stars which are shining brightly so far this season is Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, and that was clear to see on Monday night when his team played against the Brooklyn Nets at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.
Booker demonstrated on the night that he isn't that far away from becoming a household name within the league, and he could very well be a 30-point per game scorer very soon.
Despite the Suns losing the game 98-92 to the Nets, the shooting guard became the fourth-youngest player in NBA history to reach 3,000 points in the game. He is behind Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant, and Oklahoma City Thunder's Carmelo Anthony on the list for fastest to 3,000.
All three of those players ahead of him may have reached the milestone before their 21st birthdays, however, he did jump ahead of Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins on the list, as he reached the 3,000 point landmark at the age of 21 years and seven days, while Wiggins hit the landmark when he was at the age of 21 years and 44 days.
Booker finished Monday's contest against the Nets averaging 21.6 points per game after he scored 18 points on the night, with 11 of those points coming in the first seven minutes of the game. He's still nine points behind on a 30-point game average so far this season, but we have seen in the past he has the capabilities to turn it on when needed to.
Back in March earlier this year in a game against the Boston Celtics, despite losing the game 130-120, the shooting guard managed to score 70 points in the game, becoming the youngest player ever at the time to hit that landmark at the age of 20 years and 145 days.
At 19 years old as well, Booker totaled 1,048 points to become just the sixth teenager in NBA history to surpass 1,000 career points, joining the likes of James, Anthony, Durant, Kobe Bryant, and Dwight Howard.
The Suns' star has comfortably placed himself in the NBA record books already and he isn't even 22 years old. He's definitely building towards averaging, or coming close to averaging 30 points a game.
Both James and Bryant have spoken highly of the 21-year-old in the past, with the Cavs star saying on UNINTERRUPTED according to NBA.com: “I’m going to be honest. If it’s someone who is under the radar right now that I believe is going to be a really, really, really good, all-star player in the league – it’s Devin Booker.”
Booker was also among the top 25 young players chosen for the 2016 USA Men’s Select Team, as USA’s head coach Gregg Popovich said at the time: “He’s a fine player. He understands how to play the game. He’s got great skills, but I think what really makes him special is his character. He really enjoys what he’s doing. He’s a pro about it. He’s got great work ethic. He’s got everything you need to be a great player.”
From what he has already achieved in his short NBA career and from what highly respected coaches and players in the league have said about it, it looks like Booker is well on his way to becoming a household name.