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Much like the summer of 2019, the biggest topic surrounding Devin Booker right now is double-teams. Or at least, it should be. But unlike those mind-numbingly stupid arguments about what should and shouldn’t fly in open gyms, this new narrative is a positive one: Book has mastered the very traps that inspired all those doubly lame jokes in the first…...

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On the latest Bourguet Breakdown, a healthy Dario Saric could revitalize Cam Payne for the Phoenix Suns.

Phoenix Suns fans have spent the last month waiting for a Kevin Durant trade to materialize, but in the meantime, they largely have the same roster to look forward to next season. Well, almost the same, thanks to Dario Saric. Outside of extending Deandre Ayton and Devin Booker, the Suns’ only means to improve at this point lies in continuity,...

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Self creation is the next step in Deandre Ayton's evolution with the Phoenix Suns.

Deandre Ayton is perhaps the most hotly contested player in Phoenix Suns history. Lost in all the heated debate about his next contract, his true value and his fit with the Suns is a far more interesting basketball discussion about his game. With DA set to get a max from somebody as a restricted free agent this summer, and the Suns’ second-round flameout being accentuated by Ayton’s sideline spat with coach Monty Williams, it’s no wonder this is all anyone wants to talk about. But since we’ve already covered his murky future in Phoenix, his upcoming free agency, sign-and-trade scenarios and everything else, why not take a break and talk about hoops for a change? After exploring where Ayton excelled…

Self creation is the next step in Deandre Ayton's evolution with the Phoenix Suns.

Lost in all the Deandre Ayton hysteria over his future with the Phoenix Suns is one of the more intriguing basketball discussions in the NBA right now. His long-term outlook in the Valley undoubtedly looks shaky right now, but examining DA’s skill-set to try and determine what kind of max player he’ll be is a far more productive conversation. Ayton will get a max deal from somebody this summer. The Suns have the power to match any four-year max offer for their restricted free agent, and they can trump all offers with a five-year deal if they so choose. However, even without all the rumblings about rifts with coach Monty Williams and Devin Booker, it feels safe to assume the…

Deandre Ayton is playing the most efficient basketball of his Phoenix Suns career, and he's doing it without Chris Paul.

Even on a team with immense depth and plenty of talent to spare like the Phoenix Suns, Chris Paul’s absence has been felt up and down the roster. When his right thumb avulsion fracture was announced, and the question came up about who would be most impacted over the next 6-8 weeks, everyone’s gaze naturally turned to Deandre Ayton. It’s...

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Devin Booker versus Matisse Thybulle is rapidly becoming one of the NBA's most enthralling individual matchups.

Over the last few seasons, Devin Booker has done everything but complete the paperwork for his part-ownership stake of the Philadelphia 76ers. During his seven years in the league, Booker’s career average of 29.3 points per game against the Sixers is higher than his scoring mark against any other NBA franchise. He’s shot 48.5 percent from the field in those 13 meetings, nailed 45.1 percent of his triples and chipped in 4.6 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game for good measure. Tuesday’s impressive win in Philly moved Booker to 7-6 all-time against the 76ers, including 5-0 over the last three seasons. For all intents and purposes, Devin Booker lives up to his trademark billing as a baby-faced assassin whenever he…

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