As of Friday night, Devin Booker became the third youngest player to ever score 4,000 point in the NBA. Achieving the milestone just a few months after LeBron James and Kevin Durant, Booker finds himself in all-time elite company.
With this 3 ball, Devin Booker becomes the 3rd-youngest player in NBA history to reach 4,000 career points! #SunsAt50— NBA (@NBA) March 3, 2018
LeBron James and Kevin Durant are the only two players to have done so younger. pic.twitter.com/o1gMbnnJfH
Devin Booker might be the most surprisingly success player that John Calipari has brought to Kentucky. He was not even supposed to be a one-and-done guy, but now he is looking like a future MVP.
Booker has been in the top 4 of youngest players to reach each 1,000 point milestone thus far, and as he has become the franchise player for the Phoenix Suns it does not look like his production will be taking a step back any time soon.
After finishing with 39 points and 8 assists on Friday, Booker is now averaging 34 points per game since the All-Star break and 25.2 per game for the season (good for eighth in the NBA). He also became only the fourth player to have 40 games of 30 or more points before the age of 32, joining James, Durant, and Carmelo Anthony. Booker does not turn 22 until October 30th.
Let’s also not forget that, despite inexplicably not making the actual All-Star game, Booker won the 2018 NBA Three-Point contest, setting a single round record of 28 points in the finals. Given the company that he is keeping statistically, Booker’s presence at the NBA All-Star weekend is sure to be felt for years to come.
Not only is Booker filling up the stat sheet, but he is making other stars in the league look silly while doing it. Just look at what he did to Paul George on Friday.
Perhaps after a few more seasons at this pace, John Calipari will admit that he should have started Booker.