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Moss Point's Devin Booker set to begin his NBA career in Suns season opener

DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/ASSOCIATED PRESSPhoenix guard Devin Booker, of Moss Point, will be with the Suns tonight in the regular-season opener against Dallas.
DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/ASSOCIATED PRESSPhoenix guard Devin Booker, of Moss Point, will be with the Suns tonight in the regular-season opener against Dallas. AP

Moss Point product Devin Booker will play in his first NBA regular season game at 9 p.m. today when the Phoenix Suns host the the Dallas Mavericks.

Booker was the 13th overall selection by the Suns in June and it's unclear how many minutes the former Kentucky star will get for the Suns to start the season.

The Suns feature one of the deeper backcourts in the Western Conference with Eric Bledsoe slotted in as the starter at two-guard. Booker will likely be battling Archie Goodwin and veteran wingman Sonny Weems for minutes early on.

Bledsoe averaged 17 points and 5.2 rebounds last season while Goodwin pitched in 5.6 points a game in 41 contests. Weems played in Russia the last three years.

Booker averaged 8.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.8 assists through six preseason contests.

Booker's best contest in the preseason was a 20-point effort in a 135-129 overtime loss to the Houston Rockets on Oct. 13.

"For an 18-year-old to come out there and make the plays and seem pretty calm out there, that's great," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek told the Arizona Republic of Booker's performance.

The Suns will again run a fast-paced offense this season with point guard Brandon Knight and Bledsoe running the show.

Phoenix finished just short of the postseason last year with a record of 39-43. The Suns are looking to reach the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season when Steve Nash was still a member of the team.

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