Did Devin Booker qualify for the All-NBA first team?

Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns # 1 in the second half of Game One of the NBA Playoffs, the first round of the Western Conference at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona on April 17, 2022.  Sun 110-109 defeated the Pelicans.
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On Tuesday, the NBA announced its three All-NBA teams.

League MVP Nikola Djokic was selected as the center of the All-NBA first team, while former two-time MVP Giannis Anteokounampo is a forward and Dallas Mavericks sensation Luka Donsic is on guard.

But the other two elections are questionable.

Boston Celtics ‘Jason Tatum was selected as another forward over Kevin Durant and LeBron James, while Phoenix Suns’ Devin Booker got a second guard spot.

Booker certainly had a very strong year, averaging 26.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game to help the Suns to their best NBA record.

He is one of the best players in the game, as well as one of the best mid-range scorers and he can be just as hot as anyone.

But did Booker really get the respect he deserved?

Booker didn’t play like an All-NBA first-team pick when the Sun really needed him

In last year’s play-offs, Booker was exciting, picking up 27.3 points in a game as he helped Phoenix reach the NBA Finals.

But in this year’s post season, he has left something desired.

When his Sons took a 3-2 lead against the Mavs in the Western Conference semifinals by 30 points, Booker had 28 points just two days after dropping 35 points.

It seemed that going to the conference finals was inevitable for Phoenix.

But it lost Game 6 by 27 points in Texas, as Booker was stuck at 19 points from 6 of 17 on the field and 19 points at 0 of 4 from the 3-point range.

Then came a Game 7 that would have been infamous for as long as the city of Phoenix remained.

The Sons lost 33 points on their home court, and Booker went 3-for-14 while scoring 11 points in 37 minutes.

Donsick, meanwhile, has shone brightly from the field with 35 points in 12-of-19 accuracy.

When Antetokounmpo’s Milwaukee Bucks dropped their game to Celtic 7, he may have shot 10 out of 26, but he was still able to score 25 points and capture 20 rebounds and nine assists.

Antetokounmpo kicked and yelled down, while Booker apparently went down in complete submission and consent.

The way an All-NBA first-team pick is not supposed to end his season.

Who should have taken his place?

The general titles of One Point Guard and One Shooting Guard do not seem to matter in selecting the All-NBA team, as Stephen Curry and Ja Morant, both point guards, form the backcourt of the second team.

If the other guard on the first team had to be off-guard, one could go with Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz, who has played more than 1 to 2 minutes this season.

Mitchell averaged 25.9 points and 5.3 assists per game, and he has scored at least 30 points in 23 appearances this season, as well as at least 32 points in three play-off games.

Morant and Cario could have been better options, although Carrie’s shooting percentage was slightly lower this year.

Or what about Trey Young of the Atlanta Hawks, who are 28.0 points in 46.0 percent overall shooting and 38.2 percent from downtown with 9.7 assists per game?

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