With injuries harping Devin Booker for the Western Conference All-Star game, he finds himself now falling to 9th place in All-Star voting amongst guards. He now trails Austin Reaves from the Lakers by 4,238 votes.
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— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) January 19, 2023
It’s understandable for Booker to fall in votes since he hasn’t played in a live basketball game since Christmas Day. However, for him to be trailing behind Austin Reaves is very disrespectful and Suns fans need to vote for him more.
In the games that he has played, Booker is averaging 27.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, and 5.6 APG while shooting 47% from the floor and 37% from the three-point range.
In games Booker hasn’t played in, the Suns are 3-13. In games, he has played in, they’re 18-11. They were the number one seed just a month and a half ago and now they find themselves as the 12th seed. There is an argument that can be made that Booker is one of the most valuable players in the entire NBA based on this stat.
The Phoenix Suns with Devin Booker this season: 18-11
The Phoenix Suns without Devin Booker this season: 3-13 pic.twitter.com/iy36UsM07n
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) January 17, 2023
In games with Booker on the floor, the Suns’ offensive rating is 122 with a 96 percent tile and their net rating is +5.9 which is 86 percent tile in the entire NBA. With Booker off the floor, the Suns’ offensive rating is 107.4 which is 8th percent tile and their net rating is -6 which is 21st percent tile.
If anything, all these stats should elevate Booker to be voted in as a top 5 guard in the Western Conference. Hopefully, Booker returns before the All-Star break just to remind everyone who he is as a player.