“I try to take bits of pieces of his mentality and approach,” Booker said of the late Bryant.
Devin Booker has been going off in the NBA Playoffs.
In his first stint in the postseason, the 24-year-old Booker has accumulated more points than any other player in their first playoffs in NBA history. It’s been a tremendous run for the star shooting guard.
It’s been a tiring run as well as Booker has averaged over 40 minutes per game in the Suns’ 21-game postseason stretch. He’s been so phenomenal that Booker has started to draw comparisons to the great Kobe Bryant.
However, Booker told ESPN today that he’s finished with these comparisons.
“I should never be compared to Kobe Bryant.”
—Devin Booker pic.twitter.com/hcXFSPLScm
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) July 19, 2021
Booker, for the third-straight season, averaged over 25 points per game. On top of increasing his scoring, Booker has taken a step as a leader, and with Chris Paul on the roster, the Suns have finally turned their team into a title contender.
Down 3-2 in the 2021 NBA Finals, the Suns are going to need more from Booker. Having turned in back-to-back 40-point performances, Booker has been consistently making defenses pay, just as Kobe did.
Also, as you can tell with how he talked about Bryant, the respect level from Booker is so great that he doesn’t want to be compared to the legendary guard. Bryant is considered one of the best to ever play the game.
That’s the type of resume Booker will want to leave the game with. So far, he’s on pace to do just that. However, one part of Bryant’s game that is tough to copy is his longevity. He averaged over 25 points per game in 12 seasons.
Bryant was that good, and Booker is on the trajectory to get there. Hopefully, capping this NBA Finals off with two straight wins is how he starts his quest to matching Bryant’s five titles.