NBA GMs Vote Devin Booker as 2016-17 Breakout Player
Booker, Watson React to NBA GMs Poll
As election season enters its home stretch across the country, here on Planet Orange, one Suns player continues to get big-time endorsements.
After LeBron James called Devin Booker a future All-Star this summer, NBA general managers took their turn to heap similar praise on Tuesday.
In the annual GM Survey on NBA.com, league executives voted Booker as the player most likely to have a breakout season in 2016-17. And the young guard’s margin of victory wasn’t all that close.
Booker came in with 31 percent of the vote, followed in second by reigning Rookie of the Year Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves with 13.8 percent. Myles Turner (Pacers, 10.3 percent), D’Angelo Russell (Lakers, 6.9 percent) and Andrew Wiggins (Timberwolves, 6.9 percent) rounded out the top 5.
“It’s a big statement,” Booker said. “But I wouldn’t be able to do it without my teammates… I’m not trying to live up to somebody else’s expectations. I’m just trying to go out there and play my best every time I step on the floor. That’s my goal.”
Booker, who doesn’t turn 20 until Oct. 30, moved into the starting lineup midway through the season last year and averaged 17.4 points per game in 51 starts. So far this preseason, he leads the NBA in scoring with 21.5 points per game.
“It’s good recognition for Book,” Head Coach Earl Watson said, “but if we’re not in the postseason and he’s not having a great career leading us through the postseason and winning championships, he’ll tell you himself he won’t be satisfied.”