Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns has gone into volcano mode lately during the Western Conference semifinals against the Denver Nuggets.
With his team down 2-0 in the series and teammate Chris Paul out because of a groin injury, he put up 47 points on 20-of-25 shooting in Game 3, then followed it up with 36 points on 14-of-18 shooting in Game 4, plus 12 assists.
Booker finally cooled off in the Suns’ Game 5 loss with 28 points on 8-of-19 from the field on Tuesday, but he is still having an outstanding postseason overall, averaging 35.9 points a game on 60.1 percent overall shooting and 51.7 percent from 3-point range.
In fact, with 359 points through the first 10 games of this postseason, he has the most points through the first 10 games of a postseason since Michael Jordan in 1990.
Devin Booker is up to 359 points this postseason, the most through a player's first 10 games of a postseason since Michael Jordan in 1990 (396). pic.twitter.com/XNmQdpXomn
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 10, 2023
Needless to say, any time a player is mentioned in the same breath as Jordan when it comes to a statistic, it is an accomplishment in itself.
Booker has been one of the NBA’s best one-on-one players for several years now, and he is a master of the mid-range game, to the point where he reminds many of Jordan or Kobe Bryant.
Unfortunately for him, his Suns trail their series with the Nuggets, 3-2, and Paul is still out of action because of his strained groin.
The good news for them is that they’re heading home for Game 6, and Booker could very well erupt once again, as he did in Game 3 and Game 4 in Arizona.
But they will have to find a way to contain two-time MVP Nikola Jokic, who has manhandled Phoenix center Deandre Ayton and is averaging a triple-double in this series.NEXT: Skip Bayless Says The Suns Really Missed 1 Key Player In Game 5 Loss