Devin Booker is an American basketball player for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA . At 1.96 meters tall, he plays shooting guard. He played one season of college basketball with the University of Kentucky Wildcats .
Devin Booker Biography
Devin Booker was born on October 30, 1996 , in Michigan , United States , to an African-American father, Melvin Brooker, and his Mexican – American and Puerto Rican partner , Veronica Gutiérrez.
His father was a brilliant young NBA player when he met Veronica during one of her tours for the Continental Basketball Association .
The couple did not marry, but maintained a good relationship. After Devin was born, they decided that they would both take care of Devin, but he stayed mainly with his mother, as his father was still busy with his international basketball career.
Devin spent his early years in Grandville , Michigan , which was a suburb of Grand Rapids . Grandville was a city dominated by its white population. He visited her father during his summer vacation, in Moss Point , Mississippi , a place that had a significant black population.
This turned out to be a significant culture shock for young Devin, but he handled it quite well.
Growing up, Devin was heavily influenced by his father’s lifestyle. He found a role model in his father and started playing basketball at school. Devin was immensely attached to his father.
Whenever Melvin traveled to other countries for his games, the father-son duo would communicate via email. Devin soon began attending Grandville High School , and Melvin retired from professional basketball to be closer to his son.
Melvin realized his immense talent and endeavored to bring his son to Mississippi permanently. Devin initially refused to go to Mississippi.
Melvin managed to convince Devin’s mother, and Devin was soon enrolled at Moss Point High School , where Melvin was hired as an assistant coach.
Devin Booker Career
While in high school, he exhibited his remarkable athletic talent. In August 2011 , he scored 17 points in the fifth game of the season, against Gulfport High School .
His scoring was higher than the rest of his team combined, he continued to play brilliantly, earning praise from a popular Press-Register sportswriter, Creg Stephenson, who wrote that Devin’s average of 22.7 points over the season proved that had become one of the best players on the coast.
Devin’s performance improved over the years, and his father soon announced that some NBA teamswho were interested in acquiring Devin had contacted him.
College basketball was to play a crucial role in shaping Devin’s future as a star basketball player. During an October 2013 ceremony at Moss Point High School , he announced that he had been chosen by the University of Kentucky .
On November 2, 2014 , he scored 16 points, playing for his varsity team, against Pikeville University . With that, he began a great career in college basketball, which paved the way for his future career in the sport. In a November game against Montana State , he scored a season-high 18 points.
In the next game, he scored 19 points against Texas – Arlington to set a new season high, completing his first season in college averaging 10 points and sure to earn a respectable spot in the draft.
NBA that was just around the corner. In April 2015 , he decided to set aside his remaining years of college and entered the NBA draft.
In June 2015 , he was selected by the Phoenix Suns with the 13th overall pick. In his first seven Summer League games, Devin averaged more than 15 points per game and proved his worth.
He made his professional NBA debut against the Dallas Mavericks two days before his 19th birthday. Thus, he became the first player in NBA history to debut at age 18 with at least one year of college basketball experience.
Meanwhile the first part of his debut season with the Phoenix Suns was above average at best, the second part turned out to be much better. In a game against the Sacramento Kings in January 2016 , Devin scored a season-high 21 points.
In another January game against the Indiana Pacers , he scored 32 points to become the third-youngest player in the NBA and the youngest Suns player to score more than 30 points in a game .
In March , Devin scored 34 points against Miami Heatto achieve another milestone in his career and the best performance of his career to date. In the same month, he played in his fifth 30-point game of the season, against the Minnesota Timberwolves .
At the end of the season, Devin was part of another 30-point game and finished his rookie season with 1,048 total points. He became the fourth youngest player in the NBA to score 1,000 points in the first season. He averaged 13.8 points per game.
His impressive performance in his rookie season earned him praise from basketball legends like Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade. He finished in fourth place in the race for the 2016 Rookie of the Year award .
In a game against the New Orleans Pelicans in November 2016 , Devin scored a career-high 38 points, and a few days later, he bettered it by scoring 39 points against the Los Angeles Lakers .
He became the first Phoenix Suns player in 28 years to touch the 38-point mark consecutively in two games.
In January 2017 , he scored 39 points against the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs. With that, he became the youngest player in NBA history to score 39 points in two consecutive games .
In February 2017 , he scored 31 points against the Milwaukee Bucks and became the youngest player in NBA history to score at least 20 points in 16 consecutive games. Devin finished the season averaging 22.1 points per game.
In October 2017 , he scored 34 points against the Portland Trail Blazers to finish his 21st career game with 30-plus points. With this, he became the third player in NBA history to accomplish the feat.
In a March 2018 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder , he scored 39 points. He became the third youngest player in NBA history to reach 4,000 career points by himself.
Devin Booker As A Philanthropist
Despite being still quite young, Booker is very aware of the community and has stood out over the years for his donations to different charitable projects, especially those that support the Phoenix Suns.
In 2019 Booker stated that being able to contribute in this way is his greatest achievement.
Devin Booker Net Worth
The estimated net worth in 2020 for Devin Booker is in the order of $26 million, according to reports from Celebrity Net Worth and Forbes. His net worth will change markedly over the next few years thanks to her latest deal with the Suns .
He has been in the league for five seasons, accumulating a total of $37 million in salary earnings, where the regular season that just ended stands out, in which he earned $27.2 million. In the previous four seasons he averaged $2.6 million per season under his rookie deal.
In 2018 Booker reached a renewal agreement with the Phoenix Suns for five seasons starting in 2019-20, which ensures the player’s presence until 2024 and will represent $158.2 million.
His maximum earnings in a season will be in the last year of this agreement with $ 36 million.
He has become a popular figure over the years under his status as a luxury scorer, which is why he has been recognized by different brands with notable endorsement deals.
His management deal with sports brand Nike in 2019 accounts for the majority of his additional earnings at around $6 million per season.
Devin Booker Love Life
In a flurry of romantic displays, one of the biggest news to come out of Valentine’s Day was the confirmation that Kendall Jenner and NBA player Devin Brooker are dating.
A couple of photos shared from the Instagram accounts of both were enough, accompanied by heart emoticons , the definitive confirmation of the speculations that had begun since last year when the couple was seen on numerous occasions.
Although throughout her career Kendall Jenner has been more reserved than her sisters when it comes to her sentimental life, the model did not hesitate to share in her Instagram stories a photograph of them both laughing on the kitchen counter, accompanied by a White Heart.
He did the same, first with an image that showed the celebrity with her dog outdoors, and the second together lying on a blanket. Both photos were accompanied by a small emoji, an orange heart.
When the first rumors emerged about whether there was already a relationship on the way, it was since April of last year, when the couple made a trip from Los Angeles to Arizona.
They were later seen on several occasions in public places. One of her favorite places is the exclusive oriental restaurant Nobu in Los Angeles, a moment that Kendall Jenner took advantage of to share her looks to go out with the basketball player. After all, we now know that they were romantic dates.