Devin Booker Becomes 10th NBA Player to Score 13,000 Points Before Age 28

‣ Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns star, became the 10th player in NBA history to score 13,000 career points at age 27 years, 36 days or younger.
‣ Booker is 632 points shy of entering the top 200 of the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
‣ According to NBA betting sites, the Phoenix Suns hold the fourth-best odds to win the championship this season.

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Devin Booker, the Phoenix Suns’ star, has made a mark in NBA history. He’s the 10th player to score 13,000 career points at the tender age of 27 years and 36 days. This feat was achieved during a 106-103 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on a Tuesday night.

Booker’s performance was noteworthy. He posted 21 points, a season-high 11 rebounds, six assists, one steal, and one block in 38 minutes of action. That’s some serious hustle!

The list of players who’ve scored more points at his age is impressive. It includes LeBron James (18,004), Kevin Durant (15,683), Carmelo Anthony (14,681), Kobe Bryant (14,034), and more. Booker’s in good company, huh?

Now, let’s talk about the Phoenix Suns’ championship odds. According to a few NBA betting sites, they’re fourth in line. The Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, and Denver Nuggets are ahead.

Here’s a fun fact: Booker needs 632 points to enter the top 200 of the NBA’s all-time scoring list. If he stays fit, he should reach that milestone in the second half of the season. He’s already scored 328 points this season.

Booker’s a Kentucky product and a Michigan native. He finished with a career-high 1,863 points in 70 games in the 2019-20 season. Last season, he recorded 1,471 points in 53 contests.

In his 12 appearances this season, he’s averaging 27.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 8.2 assists, and 34.4 minutes per game. He’s also shooting 46.5% from the field and a career-best 40.7% from the 3-point range.

Durant ended his outing with 31 points against the Lakers. Phoenix trailed 59-47 at halftime. Los Angeles outscored the Suns 33-23 in the first quarter. Phoenix committed 10 turnovers in the opening period alone, the most by any team this season.

Both Booker and Durant struggled with foul trouble in the second half. Booker picked up his fifth foul early in the final frame. Durant entered the final period with four fouls and committed his fifth with 3:18 to play.

The game was tense in the fourth quarter. Booker cut the Lakers’ lead to 102-101 on a layup with 29 seconds to play. However, Austin Reaves knocked down his third 3-pointer with 15 seconds left.

Phoenix ended its road game with 22 turnovers. The Suns were outscored 54-44 in the paint while shooting 37-of-75 (49.3%) from the floor. They trailed by as many as 15 points.

“We didn’t do enough early in the game,” said Suns coach Frank Vogel. “The turnovers and on the glass, if we do a better job, we’re not talking about a close game like that.”

Lastly, NBA sportsbooks show Devin Booker with eighth-shortest odds to win MVP this season. Jayson Tatum, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and other stars are given better odds.

James Shotwell
James Shotwell
James, a dedicated writer for BasketballHour, holds a degree in English and Creative Writing. A genuine sports enthusiast and skilled betting advice provider, he writes engaging articles and valuable winning strategies for sports.

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