Keeping Score

Devin Booker starting to warm up for Suns in NBA Summer League

Former Moss Point and Kentucky star Devin Booker is starting to warm up in the NBA Summer League following a team-high 18 points for the Phoenix Suns Tuesday night in Las Vegas.

Booker found his stroke somewhat Tuesday by hitting 7-of-18 attempts from the field, including 2-of-5 on 3-pointers in a 91-82 victory over the Utah Jazz. He also had six rebounds and a pair of assists.

Through three games, Booker is averaging 11.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in 29.0 minutes a contest.

Booker started the summer league hot with seven first-quarter points in an 86-77 win over Washington. He finished that game with 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting with four rebounds.

The 6-foot-6 guard found the going tough in his second summer league game. He had just four points on 2-of-12 shooting in a 108-89 loss to the Houston Rockets.

Even though Booker has struggled at times shooting from the floor, Suns general manager Ryan McDonough has been pleased with what he's seen in the 18-year-old first-round draft pick.

“He has really stood out on the defensive end, “ McDonough said on the NBA TV's broadcast. “Even the games when his shots aren’t falling, he’s made a positive contribution for us.”

Second-year forward T.J. Warren, a North Carolina product, has been the Suns' leading scorer this summer with 19.3 points a game.

The three contests so far have been in the preliminary round with the Suns set to begin play in a 24-team tournament on Thursday.

The Suns await the Milwaukee-Houston winner in an 11 a.m. game on Thursday in Las Vegas.