Devin Booker is an American NBA player who played as a shooting guard and small forward for the Phoenix Suns. Booker is the son of former NBA player Melvin Booker and cosmetologist Veronica Gutierrez. Because of his roots, he took an interest to pursue basketball. At age 12, he was privileged to play one-on-one with Danilo Gallinari who visited him in Milan.
High School Career
Growing up, Booker was taught by his father that having basketball IQ and instinct are as important as being a natural athlete, so it wasn’t a shock that when he entered Grandville High School, he was lined up for the varsity basketball team. He eventually transferred to Mississippi to join his father who was retired from professional basketball at that time, and he enrolled at Moss Point High School. Melvin Booker, on the other hand, became the team basketball coach. During his sophomore year, he was featured by the Press-Register that he was one of the top developed players in the state, with an average point of 22.7 per game.
He enrolled in the University of Pikeville in 2014, where he became the team’s second-leading scorer with a record of 16 points with 3 assists. He also played against Boston University with an outstanding record of 15 points with 7 assists and 6 rebounds. His next game was against the Texas-Arlington, where he set another record of 19 points, leading his team to win the game.
As of April 2015, he decided to join the NBA Draft, and he was joined by teammates Aaron Harrison, Trey Lyles, and Karl-Anthony Towns.
Booker had proven his loyalty to Phoenix Suns since he was selected 13th in the 2015 NBA Draft. His first game with the Suns was during the Summer League, where he recorded an average of 15.3 points with 1.7 assists and 4.9 rebounds. Two days before his birthday, he made his professional NBA debut where he played against the Dallas Mavericks.
Currently, he’s with the Phoenix Suns, which made it to the 2020-21 finals against the Milwaukee Bucks but lost in Game 6. During the NBA Finals, Booker averaged 27.3 points with 4.5 assists and 5.6 rebounds.
In 2016 and 2020, he was chosen to play for the US Olympic team. Since his mother is Mexican, Booker is eligible to join the Mexican national team, however, he decided to play for the US Team.
- 2014 McDonald’s All-American Team
- 2015 SEC All-Freshmen Team
- 2015 Second Team All-SEC
- 2018 NBA Three-Point ContestChampion
- 2020, 2021 NBA All-Star