Originally Posted by highwhey
he's my favorite player but even I've kept it real on the suns reddit forum and everyone would downvote me for criticing his defense. he has improved this season though, he's actually had some impressive (by his standards) chase down blocks and steals.
i still think the biggest improvement would come from the entire team focusing on defense. still, not easy to average 25ppg on your 3rd season after most teams use double-team coverage on him.
There lies the problem. It's not fair to have him carry the load in scoring and handle the pg duties while at the same time giving full effort on the defensive end. He'd be gassed before the 2nd half of the game. Harden for example, is surrounded with great shooters and a roll man. Booker's supporting cast is mediocre at best.
TJ Warren, as much as i love him, is also part of the problem. He's the only other bonafide scorer on the team, does so many things well on offense but he can't pass and even though he tries on defense it's not good.
In december he replaced Booker as the first option on offense and averaged 20 ppg and 1.5 assists and they've all been mid-range shots and floaters since he can't hit the 3 ball.