Among the NBA stars one player specifically has gotten quite a publicity recently. Why is it so? To figure it out, keep on reading. Devin Armani Booker aka Devin Booker is a professional Basketball Player, playing for the Phoenix Suns team of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Devin Booker was born on 30th October 1996. He is 25 years old and one of the most over-accomplished people of his age. He was born in Grand Rapids in Michigan state and he is an “American” by nationality. He was raised in a Christian family. He was inspired by his father Melvin Booker, who was also a professional NBA player.
He completed his graduation from “Moss Point High School, Mississippi. He started playing ever since he was a freshman at Grandville High School in Michigan. By that time his father was retired and started working as an Assistant Coach in Moss Point High School in the year 2011 where Devin moved as well and continued playing.
He was so talented even then that he scored more than his whole team combined. During his career, he wore several brands of shoes which contributed a lot to his success due to their unique design, comfortability, material, cushion, and traction. Here’s a list of those.
- Devin Booker Shoes
- Basketball Career and Stats
- Family / Relationship
- Skills: Shooting, Passing, Defense
- Physical Attributes
- Net worth
Devin Booker Shoes
Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Protro
These are those special sneakers that were worn by Devin Booker across two seasons from 2019 to 2021. Nike Zoom Kobe 4 Protro is unique lower-cut design sneakers. These sneakers have an increased range of traction and slim heel shape which gives extra benefits to players like Devin Booker.
Cushioning is provided by soft phylon foam which helps in a little bounce when jumping as well as when landing on the heel. Most importantly Devin Booker preferred Zoom Kobe 4 Protro even though the UNDEFEATED Phoenix Suns collab was released which shows how these were preferable to Devin Booker in his games.
Nike Kobe 5 Protro
As an upgrade over Nike Kobe 4 Protro, this Nike Kobe 5 Protro provides additional agility, flexibility, and bounce with its new technology. This is an upgrade over the original Kobe 5 which was released in the year 2009 and has replaced its forefoot with Zoom Turbo, which is an innovative foam that brings extra responsiveness to jumping and bouncing.
The phylon foam which was there in Kobe 4 was replaced with “Cushlon”. It is a foam midsole that is much softer and more responsive than traditional Phylon foam. It is named “Cushlon” as it provides cushion and comfort by absorbing impact.
Nike Hyperdunk X Low
The resilient, comfy, and extra bouncy due to the TPU piece on the mid-sole helps to add extra weight to the shoe. Nike Hyperdunk X Low are the predecessors that Devin Booker used to wear in 2018 through 2019 games. Their name, just like the shoes themselves is quite unique.
The X in the name is in fact the roman numeric digit 10 showing it is the 10th and the last iteration in the Hyperdunk series. While the low is just the version with the same specs as the high-top except for the collar height which is desirable by most players in a basketball game.
Nike Kyrie Low 1
Designed inspired from the past Kyrie models but due to the low collar height named “Low”. Rocked by Devin Booker during the NBA season 2018-19, these are not only visually appealing but also lightweight and durable due to the mesh and Hyperfuse combination.
Players like Devin are facilitated by shoes that provide traction like Kyrie Low 1 to perform crossover dribbles. A strong foothold at the midsole is what makes the flight easy for a player like Devin who is a human basketball shooting machine.
Nike Hyperdunk 2016
Rocked in 2018 by Devin Booker, these were his footwear when he scored 70 against Boston Celtics. The forefoot, midsole, and heel area covered with Screen mesh provide support, foothold, breathability, and durability to the shoe.
The midsole houses Zoom Air cushioning and the phylon layer adds impact protection and bounce to the movements. Overall build quality is unmatched and ideal for desired responsiveness of basketball players much like Devin. It also rocks herringbone traction which is just astonishing and provides a sturdy grip irrespective of the surface.
Nike Zoom Rev 2017
Nike’s Zoom Rev releasing its orange, white and black color symbolizes the color scheme of the Phoenix Suns with Devin Booker. This sneaker features Devine Booker’s initials as well as the Nike Zoom Air cushioning made of phylon foam which provides comfort and bounce, as well as responsiveness to the jumps and movements. The tread pattern on the inside of the walls ensures flawless grip.
Basketball Career and Stats
He started playing ever since he was in High school. But he really shined from Moss Point High School, Mississippi, having an NBA retiree and his father as his mentor and assistant coach.
He played against Gulfport High School, Harrison Central High, Northeast Jones High School, and Pascagoula High School which improved his game so much that he played in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League by the end of his sophomore year.
By the time he was in college he was the team’s second-highest scorer and had earned SEC Sixth Man of the year honors. Booker was declared for the NBA Draft on 9th April 2015.
Achievements throughout his NBA Career
Devin debuted his NBA career two days before his 19th birthday and rocked with 14 points on 6 of 7 shooting in a 111-95 loss against the Dallas Mavericks. This was his rookie scale contract with the Pheonix Suns.
He went on to play against Indiana Pacers. This resulted in him getting the honor of becoming the third of his age to record a 30-point game and the first from the suns to ever record this.
With Earl Watson and Baron Davis as the head coach for training at UCLA, DB was able to set the record for most points in a quarter with 39 points, beating Stephon Marbury’s record of 26 points held since 2002. By the time he was 20 he became the youngest player to score 70 points in a game.
During this season Devin Booker was ruled out twice for sustaining injuries. He was left out for 3 weeks for a left adductor strain against the Toronto Raptors. During February his left-hip contusion cost him four games. He also missed the sun’s 12 final games as a result of a right-hand sprain. Yet he was able to reach 4000 points in his career in third place for his age.
Devin signed a $158 Million contract on July 7th, 2018. Ruled out for six weeks for undergoing a phalangeal joint surgery, he was able to play against Dallas Mavericks and scored 35 points in a 121-100 victory.
He also became the fifth youngest player to score 5000 career points at his age. He helped the suns break a franchise record with a 124 to 121 win against Miami Heat. DB became the youngest player in NBA as well as franchise history to reach 50 in consecutive games.
Booker broke multiple records of consecutive points by scoring 30 in seven straight games. This includes a 40-point game against Memphis Grizzlies which broke a franchise record even set by Charlie Scott and Charles Barkley. He was named All-Star during this season. He reached his 7000 career points at fourth place for his age, during the season.
Booker reached his 8000 career score points during the game against Denver Nuggets. He strained his hamstring during the game and returned in a game against Dallas Mavericks winning by 109 to 108 scores.
He also scored a then-season-high score of 36 points winning 119-113 over Cleveland Cavaliers. Devin Broke has a 54-year-old record for most points in the first NBA playoff appearance with 601, held by Rick Barry. His achievement also includes being the third in NBA history to score 40 points in consecutive final games.
Devin Booker has signed a four-year contract extension with the suns with a maximum of $224 Million and is announced as the cover star for NBA 2K23.
Family / Relationship
Devin Booker’s father Melvin Booker was an NBA player and he met his mother on his tour to “Continental Basketball Association”. Veronica Gutierrez, a Mexican-American and Puerto Rican by roots, women, is the mother of Devin Booker.
As far as his relationship status is concerned, Devin Booker officially came out to be in a relationship with Kendall Jenner, a Kardashian and a supermodel on Instagram on Valentine’s Day 2021. However, recently there have been rumors of their breakup.
Skills: Shooting, Passing, Defense
David Booker is a rockstar when it comes to basket the ball. He has on multiple occasions broken records by scoring 30+ in consecutive games. His average points per game are 23.5. He is the reason why Phoenix Suns are a threat in the West. He is full of moves and adaptable to any pressure. His shooting is a point on. He engages the opponent and jails them while shooting at a high range.
He ranks at about 70 percentile as a ball handler. He can shoot at 69% of the restricted area, from the mid-range shooting at about 46% and as a pull-up shooter, he shoots at about 33%. His stats are so impressive that he made another 4-year contract extension with the Pheonix Suns.
Due to his mixed race and complex nationality, he is a product of great genes. He is 6 ft 5 inches tall, and weighs about 206 pounds, he has a tan, sharp jaw, and a tattoo on his forearm.
Devin Booker is a rising NBA player and super-talented. His sponsors include Nike, Coco 5, Finish Line, Chevrolet, Activision, Blizzard, and Footlocker. His salary is $31.6 million as of the 2021-2022 NBA Season and his estimated net worth is approximately $30 to $50 million.