Devin Booker named to All-Rookie first team
Booker becomes the 13th player in franchise history to earn All-Rookie honors, the ninth named to the First Team, and the first since Amar’e Stoudemire was named to the First Team in 2002-03. Booker and Stoudemire are joined by Joe Johnson (Second Team), Shawn Marion (Second Team), Michael Finley, Wesley Person (Second Team), Richard Dumas (Second Team), Armon Gilliam, Walter Davis, Ron Lee, Alvan Adams, Mike Bantom and Gary Gregor as Suns recognized for their outstanding debut seasons.
The NBA’s fourth-leading rookie with a scoring average of 13.8 points in 76 games, Booker averaged 18.5 points over the season’s final 44 games after permanently joining the starting lineup on Jan. 8. Booker led all rookies by shooting 84.0 percent from the free throw line and by recording six games with 30-plus points, the most by any NBA rookie since Blake Griffin in 2010-11 and the most by a Suns rookie since Davis in 1977-78. Only 19 years old, Booker totaled 1,048 points to become just the sixth teenager in NBA history to surpass 1,000 career points, joining LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard.