Phoenix Suns’ Coach Monty Williams Explains The Similarities Between Kobe Bryant & Devin Booker

Published 06/21/2021, 1:30 PM EDT
Jun 20, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker reacts against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half during game one of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Phoenix Suns and the LA Clippers kicked off the Western Conference Finals yesterday. Given how balanced both the rosters are, this matchup between the Suns and the Clippers is certainly a must-watch.

While the game did see two of the biggest stars in Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul out with injuries, this game by no means was a dull affair. With Paul George and Devin Booker stepping up for their respective teams, the Clippers and the Suns were pretty much even for most of the game.

But ultimately the Clippers supporting cast fell flat in the fourth quarter as they were outscored by the Suns 27-21 who ultimately won the game 120-114 with Devin Booker dominating with a 4o-point triple double.

Phoenix Suns coach speaks about similarities between Devin Booker and Kobe Bryant

Booker certainly put on a show yesterday. Scoring his very first triple double with 40 points, 11 assists and 13 rebounds, D-Book was the best player in the game. Suns’ head coach Monty Williams was certainly impressed.

In his post-game press conference, Williams spoke lauded his young star’s performance. “I just thought he managed the game well knowing that Chris wasn’t on the floor and I just saw his will, Devin Booker‘s will tonight. I’m sure he’s learned a ton from his time with Kobe and being with Chris for a season it certainly helped him having the kind of stamina that he had tonight.” 

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Williams also explained what makes Booker similar to that of Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul. “I thought when we started playing fast, he started to attack and get to the paint. Everything opened up for us and then he hit some shots but you know that’s who D Book is. He’s been waiting for this moment these moments for a long, long time so maybe that’s the Kobe part of it and the Chris part.”

Booker has truly been the standout player of the playoffs. Be it carrying his team’s offensive lead or breaking down one of the best defenses in the league in the Lakers, D-Book has done it all. Given the form he has shown, the 24-year-old is just getting started. Can the 2-time All-Star and the Suns go all the way to a championship this season?

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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