How To Bet Devin Booker Props For The 2021-22 NBA Season
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Devin Booker will likely never be referred to as an “empty stats” player ever again. The young shooting guard has shown he is a big-time scorer over his entire career, but 2021 showed us that Booker’s explosive scoring outbursts—contrary to prior belief—can lead to wins.
Flanked by Chris Paul in the backcourt, Booker had another 25+ points per game season, only this time Phoenix racked up 51 wins on the way to the NBA Finals.
Now that the 24-year old Booker has gotten over the notorious “empty calorie scorer” critique, he will need to continually show that his all-around game can continue to improve. If Booker can continue to make strides as a defender and passer, then the sky is truly the limit for the seventh-year guard out of Kentucky.
Below we take a look at Booker’s odds at various awards and props for the 2021-22 NBA season.
Booker is coming off a season in which he just put up 25.6 points per game, which was actually down from the previous season. His career-high in PPG is 26.6, a mark he has hit twice in his young career. He has yet to lead the league in scoring, but his odds to do so sit at +3500 at DraftKings and +3000 at PointsBet.
What is so intriguing about the Booker scoring leader prop, is that there is a very clear path for him to achieve this. Obviously, health will play a huge factor whenever it comes to leading the league in a category. But aside from that, Booker has already shown that he can put up near 30 PPG without shooting an elite 3-point percentage.
In 2021 Booker’s points came mostly from drives to the rim, 2-point jump shots, and his ability to generate a high number of free throws.
Even if Booker’s free throw rate was to drop in 2022 with the new rule changes in place, all it would take is for him to shoot better than 34% from 3-point range to see that scoring average trend upwards. Last season Steph Curry lead the league with 32 PPG and Booker could easily hit that number if Chris Paul takes a big step back on offense in the regular season.
Usually, this slot would be reserved for Devin Booker’s Most Improved Player of the Year odds. However, Booker’s 2021 season has firmly vaulted him past the discussions involving that award. Booker’s MVP odds sit at +2500 at DraftKings.
Booker is entering his seventh season in the NBA and most importantly, his second next to future Hall of Famer Chris Paul. Paul and Booker formed one of the league’s most-balance and potent backcourts last season.
The Suns’ strong group of perimeter defenders in Mikal Bridges, Paul, and the newly acquired Elfrid Payton, give Monty Williams a nice set of options to continue to take defensive pressure off of Booker.
Phoenix will continue to have a strong defensive backbone but the offense will depend more on Booker’s ability to create looks for others.
Paul’s aging, combined with the fact that none of the Suns’ offseason additions were shot creators, leads you to believe that this franchise believes they have more than enough talent on the roster to make up for any, eventual Chris Paul decline.
Booker’s talent alone makes that a worthwhile belief. If Devin Booker turns in a season where he is undoubtedly the best player in Phoenix, then the first MVP award of his career is well within his grasp.