If Devin Booker were to star in a buddy-cop movie, most would assume that Tyler Ulis would be his co-star. That very well may be the case, but Ulis would definitely have competition.
What many people do not know is how close Devin Booker is and was to Karl-Anthony Towns.
Booker and Towns played for the Kentucky Wildcats during the historic 38-1 team, where their only loss came in the Final Four. But since both players went to the NBA after one year in college, they were really only on the same team for 9 months or so. During that time, though, they found a bond that will last forever.
As told to Scott Bordow of the Arizona Republic, Towns and Booker are like brothers, even when they are on the court.
Pre-game story on the friendship between Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns. And a great quote from Tyler Ulis about Booker: https://t.co/ez4wGO2CPA— scott bordow (@sbordow) December 16, 2017
The relationship between the two former Wildcats actually began at the NBA Top 100 while they were in high school, where they bonded, in part, over being recruited by John Calipari.
“I’ve always believed good people attract good people,” Towns told Bordow. “I had a good connection with him and obviously at Kentucky it blossomed into something much more special.”
“We had a lot of similarities,” Booker said. “We were both very talented and both hard workers. And we had the same goal, to play in the NBA.”
Considering that goal has been achieved by both, it would seem they now share even loftier goals of being perennial all-stars and winning NBA championships. If you ask Towns and Booker, they have the utmost faith in one another.
“He’s going to be a really special player for a long time,” Booker said of Towns.
“Booker in my opinion is a once in a generation kind of talent,” said Towns, who won the Rookie of the Year Award in 2015. Booker came in 4th in that voting.
Of course, Kentucky fans dream of the days when former Wildcats team up in the NBA. Watching Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo, and Darius Miller in New Orleans has been a real treat. How much fun would it be to have Booker and Towns as the core of a roster moving forward for the next decade?
Booker has become the face of an ever-struggling Phoenix Suns franchise and is currently 11th in the NBA in scoring. Towns has become one of the best big men in the league and is the best player on an up-and-coming Minnesota Timberwolves squad.
So will we ever see them join forces? You never know. But one thing is for sure: no matter what is says on the front of their jerseys, Booker and Towns will always be brothers.
“He’s a Towns and I’m a Booker,” according to Towns. La Familia.