Despite the 2020-2021 season almost being over, former Kentucky Wildcats in the NBA are still making waves.
As for one of the several that are still playing, Devin Booker suffered a broken nose in Game 2.
The reports are that he broke it in three places. Booker was forced to wear a mask for Game 3. Prior to playing in the game, Booker talked to retired shooting guard Rip Hamilton, who was notorious for wearing a mask.
Sadly, his performance was not up to par. Booker was 5-for-21 from the field. It was arguably his worst game this postseason. But, he wasn’t blaming the nose or the mask, saying, “We just lost the game,” via ABC News.
Booker has been a rock for the Phoenix Suns, who entered the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the West. Thankfully, his Suns have Chris Paul back and are still leading the series 2-1. Game 4 is scheduled for June 26.
Elsewhere, second-year guard Tyler Herro, who made history in the bubble last postseason, saw his minutes in Miami wane and may now be on the trading block.
“I have now heard that there is a 75% chance or better that he is traded this offseason. In fact, when I’ve thrown out 75% to several league sources, they’ve told me that’s low,” NBA Insider Ethan Skolnick said of Herro via Kentucky Sports Radio.
Herro’s scoring actually went up this season, topping out at 15.1 points per game. Now, despite that increase, his minutes in the playoffs weren’t there as the Miami Heat were swept in an easy four games for Milwaukee.
Herro was used as a late-series spark, never truly able to contribute much. He went from 16 points per game in last year’s playoffs to just 9.3. He shot under 32% from the field against the Bucks as well.
Herro’s value is hard to gauge, but after being on the All-Rookie team following his performances in the bubble and then countering that up with a solid second season, it may not be cheap.
At the same time, his ceiling isn’t that of a superstar. As he’s proven, Herro can score, and he can do that very well. With a Lou Williams-type outlook on his career, Herro may be worth at least a first-round pick, potentially more depending on where that pick would land.
Nonetheless, the value will be there as he’s proven to be one of the better young scorers in the league.