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Dream Teen: Devin Booker’s numbers rank among NBA’s greatest

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, left, looks to pass as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City on Oct. 28.
Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, left, looks to pass as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City on Oct. 28. Associated Press

Moss Point native Devin Booker has plenty to be proud of while looking back on his days as a teenager in the NBA.

The second-year Phoenix Suns guard turned 20 on Sunday and scored seven points on 3-of-12 shooting in a 106-100 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

Booker played in 78 games with the Suns prior to turning 20 and his numbers as a teenager rank among the best to ever play the game. He scored 1,078 points as a teen.

The only teenagers to score more are LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant and Dwight Howard.

Booker is averaging 15.3 points and 2.7 rebounds through three games for the Suns (0-3) this season. He hasn't missed time on the court this season despite dealing with a toe injury.

“Devin's tough,” Suns coach Earl Watson said Sunday. “If you watch him, he's limping around a lot. He has no excuses or anything. He goes out there and plays.”

Booker shrugged off the suggestion that his toe injury is affecting his play early in the season.

“I can't make no excuses. I'm just missing shots,” Booker said. “I'm going to catch my rhythm. ... I'm kind of anxious on some of my shots. I've just got to let the game come to me and I'll be fine.”

Booker, who played college ball at Kentucky, is Moss Point's all-time leading scorer with 2,518 career points. He was the Sun Herald All-South Mississippi Player of the Year for three consecutive seasons from 2012-14.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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