Suns’ Shut Down Devin Booker for the Season

Devin Booker at Variety Sports Entertainment Summit in 2017. Photo by Stewart Cook/Variety/REX/Shutterstock

Phoenix Suns’ star guard Devin Booker is done for the season. Suns’ confirmed on Thursday that Booker won’t play for the remainder of 2018/19 NBA season due to a left ankle sprain.

Booker rolled his ankle in the first quarter of Phoenix’s blowout loss against Utah Jazz on Wednesday night and didn’t return to the game.

“You know, next man up, we learned that,” – said Suns’ coach Igor Kokoskov off Booker’s injury. “Regroup, I think the first and second quarters we were playing well…It’s hard to replace a franchise, it’s hard to replace Book because he’s a special player and a special player for our team.”

Devin Booker struggled with injuries on several occasions this season and had to deal with hand and hamstring issues. Still, that didn’t stop the 22-year-old to have the best statistical season in his career. In 64 games he played this season, Booker averaged 26.6 points, 6.8 assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game.

Besides Devin Booker, several other Phoenix Suns’ players have been dealing with injuries lately including Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain), Kelly Oubre Jr. (left thumb sprain) and T.J. Warren (right ankle soreness). Also, guard Tyler Johnson underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his right knee on Wednesday and won’t play anymore this season.