Just a few hours after A Sea of Blue’s Dennis Dow wrote this piece about his rise to NBA stardom on Tuesday, Devin Booker went down with a non-contact injury that could sideline him for some time.
Oh, no. Devin Booker has to be carried off the court with what appears to be a groin injury. pic.twitter.com/V7IR2ixHla— FOX Sports Arizona (@FOXSPORTSAZ) December 6, 2017
Booker had scored 30 or more points in three of the Phoenix Suns’ last four games, including an phenomenal 46 point effort against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. This season, he has averaged over 24 points per game and is shooting a career-best 39% from behind the 3-point line.
Beside John Wall, Booker is the only former Kentucky Wildcats guard that has the makings of a perennial all-star. He has shown the ability to take over a game time and time again and has clearly become the franchise player for the Suns organization. Whether having a franchise to carry at such a young age is good for Booker or not remains to be seen.
Injury Update: Devin Booker has a strained left adductor. He will be further evaluated when the team returns to Phoenix.— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) December 6, 2017
Early reports indicated that Booker has strained his left adductor (groin), and could be sidelined for a significant amount of time. While a strain is definitely preferable to a tear, that is an injury that normally does not heal as quickly as others. And the fact that Booker could not leave the court on his own adds to the concern that he may be on the mend for a while.
The Suns are already near the cellar of the Western Conference. The loss of Booker will likely lead to some solid tanking for the remainder of the season, especially if he misses a month or more.
On the bright side, more minutes for Tyler Ulis?