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Devin Booker

USA BASKETBALL NOTES:

  • Named on Feb. 10, 2020, a finalist for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team. 

  • Member of USA Basketball’s 2018-20 Men’s National Team.

  • Participated in USA National Team minicamp in Las Vegas in July 2018.
  • Named a member of the 2016 USA Select Team that trained with and against 2016 U.S. Olympic Team.

NBA HONORS:

  • Finalist for 2018-19 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.
  • Named 2015-16 NBA All-Rookie first team.
  • Voted a finalist for Performance of the Year in the Fan Vote for NBA Awards 2017 for his 70-point game.

  • Played in BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star 2017 in New Orleans and NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto.

  • 2019 3-point Contest Champion at NBA All-Star.

  • 2018 3-point Contest Champion at NBA All-Star in Los Angeles, scoring event-record 28 points in finals.

  • Participated in Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star 2017 in New Orleans.

  • Finalist in the 3-point Contest at NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto

NBA MILESTONES:

  • Totaled 5,820 points in four season and became the fifth-youngest in NBA history to reach 5,000 points at 22 years, 86 days old (Jan. 24, 2019), behind only LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard. In addition to being the fifth-youngest to 5,000, was the third-youngest to 4,000 (James, Durant); fourth-youngest to 3,000 (James, Durant, Anthony); third-youngest to 2,000 (James, Durant); and fourth-youngest to 1,000 (James, Bryant, Durant)

  • Totaled 528 3-point shots through four seasons, most through four seasons in Suns history and 14th-most in NBA history by any player through his first four seasons.

  • Has 36 games with 30+ points and 5+ assists; the only players ever with more while 22 years old or younger are LeBron James (110) and Oscar Robertson (52).

  • One of just six players in NBA history with multiple career games scoring 59+ points: Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, James Harden, Elgin Baylor.

  • Is the only active player in the NBA with a 70-point game.

  • Scored franchise-record 70 points (21-40 FG, 4-11 3FG, 24-26 FT) at Boston on March 24, 2017, becoming just the sixth player in NBA history to record a 70-point game (Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, David Thompson, David Robinson, Elgin Baylor).

NBA NOTES:

  • Completed in 2018-19 his fourth NBA season, all with the Phoenix Suns
  • Has played in 316 NBA regular season games, started 291 times, has averaged 22.2 ppg., 3.6 rpg., 4.6 apg., 0.8 spg., while shooting 44.8 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from 3-point and 86.5 percent from the foul line.
  • Played and started in 64 games in 2018-19, averaged a career-high 26.6 ppg. (7th in NBA), 4.1 rpg., career-high 6.8 apg. (14th in NBA), 0.9 spg., while shooting a career-best 46.7 percent from the field, 32.6 percent from 3-point and 86.6 percent from the foul line. Ranked 45th in NBA efficiency (20.3).
  • Averaged 26.6 ppg. in 2019-19, second most in Suns history.
  • Set Suns single-season record and ranked t-fourth in the NBA with 15 games of 35+ points.
  • Ranked fourth in the NBA with 27.6 points per road game.
  • Drafted in the first round, No. 13 overall, of the 2015 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns as an early entry candidate after playing one season at Kentucky.

 

Collegiate Notes:

  • Played one season (2014-15) at the University of Kentucky.

  • Helped lead Kentucky to a 38-1 record and the NCAA Final Four. The 38 wins is tied for the most in NCAA history as the Wildcats also won SEC regular season (18-0) and tournament titles.

  • As a freshman (2014-15), played in 38 games, averaged 21.5 minutes, 10.0 ppg., 2.0 rpg. and 1.1 apg. Shot 47.0 percent from the field, 41.1 percent from 3-point and 82.8 percent from the foul line. 
  • Named 2014-15 SEC Sixth Man of the Year, All-SEC second team and All-SEC Freshman Team honors. 

  • His 41.1 percent from 3-point ranked second-best for a freshman in Kentucky history (min. 100 attempts) and eighth-best overall.

  • Won SEC Freshman of the Week honors a league-high five times including four straight from Jan. 12-Feb. 2, 2015.

Personal Notes:

  • Son of Veronica Gutierrez and Melvin Booker. Has a brother, Davon Wade, and a sister, Mya Powell. 
  • Full name is Devin Armani Booker.

  • Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

  • Father, Melvin, played in 32 NBA games with Houston, Denver and Golden State over the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons. Father had a distinguished playing career at the University of Missouri, earning Big Eight Player of the Year and Consensus All-America second team honors in 1994. Also played professionally in the CBA and in Italy, Turkey and Russia.

  • Served as an honorary coach for the NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Basketball Game at NBA All-Star 2016.

Social Media:

  • Twitter @DevinBook
  • Instagram @dbook

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