Here's why Devin Booker should be involved in the NBA MVP conversation

Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic lead the way when it comes to the MVP award, but should Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker be receiving more recognition?

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Ja Morant are others who find themselves at the forefront of the conversation due to the numbers they're putting up and the success of their respective teams.

But with Devin Booker matching their numbers fairly well, and his Phoenix Suns side owning the best record in the NBA - by a country mile - why is it he's being overlooked?

Booker has established himself as one of the best scorers in the league with his ability to take defenders off the dribble, shoot the three and hunt for his shots in the mid-range and finish at the rim.

Because of that versatile skill set, he became the fourth-youngest player to put up 11,000 points in a game, with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Kevin Durant the only three players to have achieved that feat at a younger age than Booker.

Stepping up with CP3 out

Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns

Booker has stepped up when needed, with Chris Paul out through injury. Averaging 29.9 points on over 53 percent shooting to go along with 7.3 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game in his 12 games since the All-Star break, he's become a crucial part of the Suns.

Booker missed four games during that stretch, but the Suns still managed to win three of those four games. All in all, the Suns went 12-4 since the All-Star break, as they've managed to hold onto the best record in the league. They've already clinched the first seed in the Western Conference.

Booker's MVP candidacy may be hindered by the fact that he's teamed up with CP3 and has a strong all-around supporting cast, whereas Jokic has been carrying around an otherwise pretty bad Denver Nuggets squad all season long.

While Jokic has been very impressive, we can't overlook what Booker has done for Phoenix all season long, as he's embraced taking a step back at times to allow CP3 to handle the ball in multiple sets and allow others like Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges to get involved into the flow of things offensively.

It's Booker's maturity and willingness to win that has allowed Phoenix to take the league by storm this season, and he's still putting up gaudy numbers to go along with it.

If Booker was doing this in a big market like New York, he'd easily be the MVP this season. Time to show Book some love, even Kyrie Irving did so!

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