Booker 10th ESPN’s NBArank Top 100, Bridges Rise, Ayton Falls

Devin Booker’s continued rise to the NBA elite is further reflected in ESPN’s Top 100 Players of the 2022-23 season.

The Phoenix Suns All-Star Team guard ranked 10th in ESPN’s “NBArank” after making the first All-NBA team for the first time last season.

Booker’s rising year — racing the NBA Finals, followed by an Olympic gold medal and leading Phoenix to a top-64 league win in the regular season — ended in a steep fall. The playoffs, with Booker combined to shoot a combined 9-for-31 in games 6 and 7 against Dallas.

“But Booker’s 26.8 points per game last season ranked him 12th in the league, cementing his reputation as one of the deadliest scorers in the game. However, he will take the next step by capitalizing on his scoring skills in a time of crisis. Last season, in the first nine minutes Of the quarters, Booker shot 48.5% overall and 42.1% from 3. In the last three minutes of the quarters he shot 41.8% from the field and 31.8% from deep. Dave McMenamin.

May 12, 2022;  Dallas, Texas;  United States of America;  Suns Devin Booker (1) stepped up to take a corner kick against the Mavericks during Game Six of the second round of the Western Conference qualifiers.

Booker ranked 15th last season.

Booker’s rise to all-star status was largely absent from the weight of expectations. He will have to score a big win in the playoffs to cement his place in the game.

“The question is, in today’s NBA, where the top tier of stardom is reserved for players who dominate both ends, what room for growth remains for Booker? Offensively, he relies on dexterity, angles and footwork to do his damage. Defensively, he is certainly known as a player. Strong who can work within the team’s charts. Can he become even more powerful with his stops and scores to continue climbing to the top of the list?” – McMenamin.

Three other Suns players are on the list.

May 15, 2022;  Phoenix, Arizona, USA;  Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) puts pressure on Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) during Game Seven of the 2022 NBA Playoffs second round at Footprint Center.

Chris Paul (21 this season, 13 last season)

Did the Mavericks streak signal the end of Paul’s dominant days? Point Good dipped against Dallas, averaging just 8.8 points, 6.3 assists, 2.8 turns and 4.0 fouls in games 4-7, as the Suns playoff round ended in the second round. , at the age of thirty-seven and entering his eighteenth season, the clock is running against him.

“Count CP3 at your own risk. Remember when ESPN BPI only gave the Oklahoma City Thunder a 0.2% chance in the playoffs in Paul’s only season with the franchise and led them to a record 44-38 and Game 7 in the first round against the Houston Rockets?” – McMenamin.

May 15, 2022;  Phoenix, Arizona, USA;  Phoenix Suns forward Michael Bridges (25) talks to quarterback Dendry Eaton (22) during Game Seven of the second round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs at the Footprint Center.

Michael Bridges (49 this season, 66 last season)

Swinging skill: Bridges was one of three Suns players, along with Jay Crowder and Chris Paul, to rank 25th in true defenses plus-minus last season. Coach Monty Williams often considered 6-foot-6 bridges to be key. to Phoenix’s defensive success due to his ability to muster ball handlers while also disabling him as an assisting defender.” McMenamin.

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