Ideally, an early maximum rookie contract extension should be both a milestone and a formality. It is not often that an NBA player earns the economic level after just three seasons, but when he does, the agreement is usually a roadmap decision that does not require much internal debate or negotiation between the parties.
Such is the life of Suns and Devin Booker, who announced Saturday a five-year maximum rookie extension worth $ 158 million. The 21-year-old shooter, most famous for his 70-point explosion against Celtics in 201
Despite its reliable points and nuanced offensive game, the fact that Booker received a maximum rookie extension so early in the summer says more about the sun than it does about him. Phoenix simply did not have a shot to create leverage in the hearing, considering that Booker will play for his fourth coach in four seasons and has not yet played for a 25-winning team. The suns could not throw him on profit, culture or an enhanced role, so their only move was to back up Brink's truck. Fortunately, Phoenix learned to learn his lesson from the disadvantaged management of Eric Bledsoe 2014, and chose to bypass hardball bargaining in favor of a quick business that keeps everyone happy and helps relieve the painful memories accumulated in a shameless multi-year tank.  Booker, who was number 13 in 2015 after a season in Kentucky, has emerged as one of the rising stars in his draft class. Only four active players-LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony and Karl-Anthony Towns-scored more points at a younger age than Booker 2017-18. Pegged as a sharpshooter during the deepening process, he has blossomed into a relatively efficient all-round scorer by refining his shotgun. He has been trading for three years, showing growth as a finisher and earning more trips to the unfortunate line. Everything you expect to see from any future scoring champion.
] Granted a massive role on a Phoenix roster lacking in talent and cohesion, Booker has learned how to consistently create shots for themselves and others without much in the way for help. His individual crimes have not yet been translated into team successes, as the suns have scored in the bottom-10 in punishment in each of their three seasons. However, it is usually unwise to squeeze the blame on the only true bright spot of a scary team. He has really not had much to work with in terms of complementary weapons.
While Maxing Booker was a simple decision for Phoenix, it's worth considering whether he is a max player in a vacuum. On a team of more talent, structure and pressure to win, Booker's use and scoring would certainly decrease. He is a nice game champion, but not an exceptional, often given to negligence.
The real issues arise regarding his defense, where he is consistently ranked as below the average. Although something is expected in view of his youth and his major offensive responsibilities, Phoenix has been playing a steady team of defense with him on the bench during all three seasons. Can he only host 75 to 80% of a max if he was drawn in a more functional environment that demanded less volume photography and greater bi-directional impact?
However, for Phoenix, a significant symbolic value at the setting is a course by building around Booker. Countless players have expressed dissatisfaction when they left the soles in recent years and many lottery tickets have been lost during GM Ryan McDonough. Booker is the best franchise has to do for it, and he is still younger than any incoming rookies. It is much safer to bet on him to continue improving his score efficiency and defensive influence than flirting with an alternative reality where he gets frustrated by the constant turnover around him and finds a way to the muscle path out of the city.  This sign marks the beginning of Sun's next chapter. After the bottom for three seasons, Phoenix has surrounded Booker with five lottery clocks: Josh Jackson, Deandre Ayton, Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss and Mikal Bridges. While their roster is still exceptionally young, it's time for the suns to make meaningful progress in the position and work towards the edge of the playoff bubble.
Booker, with his fat new contract in his hand, should enter this season prepared to play the first meaningful basketball in his career career.
Rating: B +