With the 13th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, the Phoenix Suns have chosen freshman guard Devin Booker. Booker is one of the best three-point shooters in this draft and is the fourth Kentucky player to go in the lottery.
Booker has solid size and length for a shooting guard prospect at 6-6 with a 6-8 wingspan, paired with textbook technique with a high release on his jump shot. He shot 41.1 percent from the three-point line in his lone season at Lexington, making 58 in only 21.5 minutes per game.
Booker is a solid defender, but lacks the length to likely ever be a difference-maker on that end. He shows good body position on drives thanks to his weight (205 pounds), but can’t bother opponents as much when they pull up for a shot. His lack of production in the passing lanes and on defense overall (0.4 steals per game, 0.1 blocks per game) hurt his value as a two-way player.
Booker is only 18 years old and doesn’t turn 19 until the first month of the season. He still has a lot of room for growth, and when Booker gets in an NBA weight program, he’ll maximize his athleticism a little bit down the line. Right now, Booker projects as a three-point marksman in the NBA, but given his youth, the sky is the limit for arguably the top shooting guard in the draft.
NBA comparison: Klay Thompson (less athletic)
2014-15 stats: 10.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.1 apg (47.0 FG%, 41.1 3P%, 82.8 FT%)