‘Tired of This Disrespect’: Former NBA Champion Jumps to Defend Suns’ Devin Booker

Published 04/06/2021, 11:33 PM EDT
Apr 5, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) controls the ball against Houston Rockets guard Avery Bradley (9) during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


It all began when the NBA All-Star rosters were made public. In what has become an annual tradition of sorts, a snubbed list comes out that has the names of players who deserved to be on the roster but aren’t. For this year, most were in agreement that the Phoenix Suns Devin Booker was the biggest snub.

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In fact, even LeBron James addressed the fact that he is one player that isn’t given the respect he deserves. And now, Kendrick Perkins has also had enough of it and has defended Booker on ESPN.

Kendrick Perkins furious at ESPN’s rankings

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ESPN’s ‘The Jump’ revealed a ranked list of the top ten players by future potential. In this, Booker stood eighth, just ahead of Bam Adebayo and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. When asked if he agreed with this pecking order, Perkins said a hard no.

He stated, “Hell no! It is far from accurate. He should be top 5, alright! I am tired of this disrespect and they need to put some respect on Devin Booker name. I am tired of the All-Star snubs, where he is always a replacement because someone is injured. Listen, this guy is a walking bucket, one of the most prolific, efficient scorers in the game today.”

We are going to STOP disrespecting Devin Booker today got Damn it…and to the @espn.com crew SHAME ON YOU for putting out that ridiculous list today!!! Carry the hell on… pic.twitter.com/iwRRwYPqw0

— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) April 6, 2021

“He is averaging 25 points, almost shooting 50% from the field, and that team is number two in the Western Conference. Like every single year, he keeps getting better. He has averaged over 24 points over four seasons. And the only other two players to do that were Kevin Durant and LeBron James. He should be ranked higher. I am tired of Devin Booker getting overlooked and disrespected,” Perkins explained.

If that wasn’t enough, Perkins reposted the segment on his Twitter with some harsh words as well.

Devin Booker responsible for the Phoenix Suns’ success

Until last year, people were furious about the Phoenix Suns even being invited to the Orlando Bubble. However, their 8-0 run in the Orlando Bubble changed everyone’s perception. And now that they are top contenders in the West, they’re on a different pedestal.

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While Booker has a lot to do with the Suns’ 35-14 record and their current six-game winning streak, their smart move of adding Chris Paul has done wonders for them as well. Now that the burden doesn’t solely rely on Booker, he is able to perform even better.

Apr 5, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) attempts to dunk the ball against Houston Rockets forward Kelly Olynyk (41) during the second quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

A force to be reckoned with, Booker is proving to be a threat to his contenders. Can their form be worrying for the defending champions aiming to grab a repeat this season? Certainly. While it’s nice to see people stand up for him, will this finally be enough for Booker to get the recognition he deserves?

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Read also – Former Phoenix Suns Scout Explains Why Devin Booker Dropped to 13th in 2015 NBA Draft

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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