LeBron James Calls Suns' Devin Booker a Future All-Star
But on Wednesday morning, Devin Booker might've gotten his biggest endorsement to date.
Appearing on UNINTERRUPTED's "Open Run" podcast, LeBron James mentioned the Suns star rookie, without prompt, as a young player with one of the brightest futures.
You can listen to the podcast in its entirety here (the Booker part begins around the 1:22:00 mark), but here's how the conversation between James, actor Jesse Williams and writer Stefan Marolachakis played out:
Marolachakis: “Favorite, or like, to your eyes, most promising young gun in the league?”
Williams: “Unsigned hype.”
James: “That no one knows about? You know, what? I’m going to be honest. If it’s someone who is under the radar right now that I believe is going to be a really, really, really good, all-star player in the league – it’s Devin Booker from the Phoenix Suns.”
Stefan: “Yes, yes, a lot of chatter.”
Williams: “I like that. I like that.”
Those are some kind words from the reigning NBA champion and four-time MVP. They carry even more weight given that the open-ended question easily could've yielded a number of different and deserving names. Instead, James didn't hesistate in picking Booker.
And who could blame him? Booker took the league by storm after injuries prompted his insertion into the starting lineup midway through the season. The guard went on to earn All-Rookie First Team honors after averaging 13.8 points per game.
Booker also became just the sixth player in NBA history to score 1,000 points as a teenager. He joined superstars Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Bryant and James on that list.