Devin Booker has heard from past Suns players how different Phoenix is when the team is in the playoffs.
Now, the Suns star guard will finally get to experience the postseason for himself. The Suns ended the second-longest active playoff drought in the NBA when they clinched a playoff berth with a 109-101 win over the LA Clippers at Phoenix Suns Arena.
The Suns (44-18) have not been to the playoffs since 2010, when Steve Nash was throwing alley-oops to Amar’e Stoudemire. The 10-season drought is tied for fifth longest all time in the NBA.
“It feels great,” said Booker, who will experience the playoffs for the first time in his six seasons. “It’s been a long time coming. I just shut my mouth for five years.”
“Everybody that used to play for the Suns in the past would come through and be like there was a whole different level to it,” added Booker, who currently is on pace to score the ninth-most career points by any player in NBA history before their first playoff appearance, according to Elias Sports Bureau. “Believe me, I am looking forward to it, packing the place out, hopefully, if we get to that point and the atmosphere, energy and vibe around the whole city to be up.”