Dwyane Wade full of praise for Devin Booker after Miami Heat win

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Dwyane Wade has accomplished it all in his career. The shooting guard is a nailed on Hall of Famer when he finally decides to give up the grind.

Having amassed a career that involves three NBA championships, 12 All-Star appearances and an Olympic gold medal, Wade knows a good player when he sees one.

Following the Miami Heat's 108-92 win over struggling Western Conference franchise, the Phoenix Suns, Wade was full of praise for his opposite number, rookie Devin Booker. 

The 19-year-old, who made it to the final of the Three-Point Contest alongside Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, faced up to Wade on many occasions on Thursday and finished the night with a career-high 34 points on 11-of-21 from the field. 

It was another poor night for the Suns, who have won just one of their previous 16 games and find themselves just three and a half games ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers, the bottom franchise in the Conference.

Wade finished with 27 points as he and Goran Dragic combined for 52 points - and before leaving the American Airlines Arena, he had some encouraging words for the Suns' guard.

As per ESPN, he said: "I was impressed with him the first time we played him, and I'm very impressed tonight. When you've got a young guy going through a tough season like that, he's just out there having fun. He's out there getting better, and he's one of the future [top] two-guards in this league."

Despite the Suns falling into turmoil in recent months, Booker certainly gives them hope for a brighter future. Having been pushed into the starting five around the turn of the year, the teenager has shown he has what it takes to become a premium two-guard in the league. 

He has struggled somewhat in recent weeks as teams have targetted him as the main threat, but that in itself is praise for the young man who was struggling to register meaningful minutes in a number of games at the beginning of the season.

Wade has become a mentor in his older days and has passed on his knowledge to younger shooting guards in the league when going head-to-head. 

Often at times during Thursday's game, you could see Booker and Wade talking and laughing as they went up against each other. Their conversation at the buzzer is something the elder statesman has done with a number of younger players in recent years. 

Devin may have scored more, but Dwyane led his team to a victory that keeps them in a strong position in the Eastern Conference. But despite another loss, nights like those will prove invaluable for the Kentucky product as he continues to develop his range of skills.

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