The race for the MVP |  How about Devin Booker?

The race for the MVP | How about Devin Booker?

Devin Booker is clearly in the debate to be MVP. Anyone who says otherwise is just crazy“. The one speaking is not Monty Williams or Chris Paul, but Doc Rivers. The Sixers coach has been in the NBA since the 80s, and he has Joel Embiid in its ranks, and it therefore promotes Devin Booker.

Kyrie Irving makes him his MVP of the season. Damian Lillard and Isiah Thomas too. Even the Shaq pleases his cause, but it is above all a matter of revenge for the insult suffered in 2005 when the press preferred Steve Nash to him.

Steve Nash was MVP winning over 60 games with an average of 16 points and 11 assists. Booker is going to win over 60 games averaging 26 points and 6 rebounds, and he won’t even be considered he posted on Instagram.

It must be said that the back of the Suns is doing everything to put doubt in the minds of voters. He’s the best player on the best team in the NBA, and by far (nine wins ahead of the Grizzlies), that already gives him some points. We also remember that this is precisely what had allowed Steve Nash to win the bet in 2005. At the time, many thought that the trophy was promised to Shaquille O’Neal, monstrous with the Heat, and yet voters had opted for Steve Nash for the Suns’ collective record. Sure, Devin Booker isn’t running the Suns shop, but he’s come a long way on defense. Moreover, he even became one of the best defenders in his position. In the absence of Chris Paul, he also proved that he could drive the ball, but also behave like the first leader.

US press votes for Nikola Jokic

It is clearly in recent weeks that Devin Booker has scored, both literally and figuratively. Since the All-Star Game, he’s averaging 30.3 points on 54% shooting, averaging 6.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds.

Over this period of 13 matches, Phoenix has a record of 10 wins for 3 losses. Remember that Chris Paul has only just resumed…

I saw that Devin was in 9th place ” reacts Monty Williams about the ranking of the NBA on the best players of the season. ” OK, what’s the criteria? Each year, it seems that the criteria evolve. But it’s about winning and making stats. What is the impact on wins? I don’t know, and it’s hard to make a judgment as a coach, because if I do, I’m going to waste a lot of energy because two of our players aren’t in the places where they should be.. »

Precisely, ESPN has just revealed the last score of 100 North American journalists. It is ideal to have the current trend, and we discover that they opt for Nikola Jokic rather than Joel Embiid. Devin Booker only appears in 7th place, and Chris Paul in 10th. It’s not official, but only three journalists place Devin Booker on the podium. Clearly, for our colleagues, he is not a serious candidate for the title of MVP.

Since the All-Star Game, however, he has proven that he was “valuable”, and it was Chris Paul’s injury that allowed him to take a step forward in leadership. His Suns archi-dominate the NBA, to the point that some compare them to the Spurs of 2014. In attack as in defense, there is almost no flaw, and Devin Booker is the perfect representative. Let us also remember that in 2014 precisely, the Spurs had finished number 1 in the regular season, after losing in the final in 2013. A situation identical to the Suns, and at the time, Tim Duncan and Tony Parker did not were only 12th and 13th in votes for MVP.

OUR TOP 5 AS OF MARCH 29, 2022

1 – Joel Embiid (Sixers)
Assessment: 46 wins, 28 losses – 2nd in the East.
Matches: 61 contested out of 74 possible.
Statistics: 29.9 pts, 11.4 reb, 4.2 pds, 1.1 int, 1.5 ctr and 3.0 pdb in 33 min.
Percentages: 49% on shots, 36% at 3-pts and 82% on throws.

2 – Nikola Jokic (Nuggets)
Assessment: 45 wins, 31 losses – 6th in the West.
Matches: 69 disputed out of 76 possible.
Statistics: 26.3 pts, 13.6 reb, 8.0 pds, 1.4 int, 0.9 ctr and 3.7 pdb in 33 min.
Percentages: 58% shooting, 35% 3-point and 81% throwing.

3 – Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks)
Assessment: 46 wins, 28 losses – 3rd in the East.
Matches: 61 contested out of 74 possible.
Statistics: 29.7 pts, 11.6 reb, 5.8 pds, 1.0 int, 1.4 ctr and 3.2 pdb in 33 min.
Percentages: 55% shooting, 30% 3-pt and 72% throwing.

4 – Devin Booker (Suns)
Assessment: 61 wins, 14 losses – 1st in the West.
Matches: 64 disputed out of 75 possible.
Statistics: 26.5 pts, 5.0 reb, 4.9 ft, 1.2 int, 0.4 ctr and 2.5 ft in 34 min.
Percentages: 47% on shots, 38% at 3-pts and 87% on throws.

5 – Jayson Tatum (Celtics)
Assessment: 47 wins, 29 losses – 4th in the East.
Matches: 71 disputed out of 76 possible.
Statistics: 27.1 pts, 8.1 reb, 4.3 ft, 0.9 int, 0.6 ctr and 2.9 ft in 36 min.
Percentages: 45% shooting, 36% 3-point and 86% throwing.

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