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Devin Booker to Miss Six Weeks

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Phoenix’s star guard Devin Booker underwent successful surgery on Monday to repair an injury to the fifth metacarpophalangeal joint in his right hand. The projection for his recovery is approximately six weeks, which puts him out until roughly the start of the season. While the six-week estimate is just a projection, it is a reasonable expectation for a surgery of this kind.

This injury is the kind the Suns and Booker do not want any part of. He will miss most if not all of training camp leading into the start of the season. The hope is that he’ll be back for the start of the regular season or shortly there after. Booker injured his right hand towards the end of last season and has been dealing with it ever since. He signed a five-year max contract extension worth $158 million this summer. Booker has been expected to have a big season and take another step forward in his development.

If the Suns have any shot at a playoff spot in the West, they need Booker at close to 100% for most of the season. He is the straw that stirs the drink in Phoenix. It’s never good news for the face of a franchise to have a setback just a few weeks before training camp. This injury will definitely give new coach Igor Kokoškov and the fans some sleepless nights. It’s fair to assume coach K has some grand plans for Booker. Those plans are on hold, at least for now.

As a budding NBA superstar, the league as a whole fears these kind of injuries. Booker is still just 21 years old and averaged almost 25 points per game last season. He was the 13th pick in the 2015 draft and has improved every season. He is entering his 4th year and will be the unquestioned leader of a young team with some lofty goals. The Suns are primed to start a new era with a new coach and the consensus number 1 pick in the 2018 draft, Deandre Ayton. They need Devin Booker. At the very least, he seems to be in good spirits after the surgery:

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About Aravind Srinivasan

Aravind loves two things- the Phoenix Suns and writing. He has been a long-time Suns fans since the Charles Barkley-Kevin Johnson era of the mid-90's. An avid sports and NBA blogger since the early days of blogging, he is now a Suns writer for TLSM. His favorite Sun is Steve Nash. Twitter: @15cent

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