Devin Booker added to his legend in Phoenix on Sunday when he nailed a buzzer-beating 17-foot jump shot to lift the Suns over the Memphis Grizzlies 102-100.
It was one of the NBA’s biggest stories of the weekend and a viral highlight on social media.
It took twenty seconds from the time Booker got the ball near half-court to his drive just inside the three-point line to hit the shot leaving just 1.7 seconds on the clock for the Grizzlies.
The picture of his perfect jump-shot form and release in front of the Grizzlies’ bench looks like a heroic suspension in time.
For the people captured in in the photo, here are some probable thoughts going through their heads.
Shooting guard MarShon Brooks: 11 points with three rebounds with one assist in 16 minutes of play.
“I’m just glad to be on the bench because I’ll be clowned all season on social media like Garrett trying to lock up Booker on this iso play.”
Small forward Chandler Parsons: Did not play because of soreness in his right knee.
“I’m Chandler Parsons. I’m getting paid $24.1 million this season and I didn’t have to play tonight, which is good because I wouldn’t want none of that.”
Shooting guard Wayne Selden Jr. (left): Six points with one rebound in nine minutes:
“If the Suns did this to us, this is going to be so much worse when we play Steph, KD, the Warriors in Oakland on Monday night.”
Power forward JaMychal Green (right): Did not play because of a broken jaw:
“I got a broken jaw so I’m already speechless.”
Power forward Jaren Jackson Jr.: Four points with three rebound and two assists in 23 minutes:
“Man, Devin’s got five fouls. That new ‘freedom of movement’ rule probably made Garrett think twice about flopping after playing Devin close on his drive.”
“So, I got the perfect seats tonight behind the Suns’ hoop, only to have this 6-10 Chandler Parsons guy in the way during the biggest shot of the game. Thanks!”
Excited male fan:
“FINALLY!!! OUR SECOND WIN! Can Booker do this again when they play the Brooklyn Nets here on Tuesday night? Or is that too much to ask?”