The Phoenix Suns announced that star shooting guard Devin Booker recently underwent surgery to repair the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint in his right hand. According to the team, the injury will sideline Booker for six weeks.
This is not a new injury to the Suns’ star. He missed the final 12 games of the 2017-18 season while battling the hand injury. If the timeline for Booker is correct, he could miss the first few games of the season.
The NBA’s opening night is Oct. 16.
Booker is one of the budding superstars in the league, and the Suns recognized this fact by inking the 21-year-old guard into a 5-year supermax extension. He will earn $158 million over the five years.
The No. 13 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Booker has seen his numbers increase throughout his tenure in the league. Last year, he averaged 24.9 PPG and 4.7 APG. His role should get easier, as the Suns enjoyed an active offseason in which they added No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton and Villanova’s Mikal Bridges. In addition, the team added veteran swingman Trevor Ariza in free agency.
Following the surgery, Booker posted a message to Suns fans on Instagram. "Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes. The first surgery was a success. Lefty buckets coming soon."
The Suns will open their season against the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 17.
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