A few days ago, the Philadephia 76ers acquired forward Trevor Booker from the Brooklyn Nets in the deal that sent Jahlil Okafor and Nik Stauskas to Brooklyn. The thought was to add a veteran presence who knows what it takes to have success in the NBA.
Booker doesn’t wow anyone with his career statistics, with averages of 7.1 points and 5.3 rebounds. However, he brings a lot of grit on the defensive end and a knack for knowing what to do in nearly every situation. The seventh-year pro is excited to get started with this new adventure in Philly.
“I know this is a pretty good team,” Booker told Amico Hoops prior to Saturday’s game at Cleveland. “They have a lot of growing to do and a lot of potential. So I was pretty excited.”
After working with intriguing guards like Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell, Booker now gets an opportunity to work side-by-side with rookie sensation Ben Simmons. Simmons has drawn rave reviews, as analysts to players sing about his potential. Heck, even LeBron James was open on the topic, saying Simmons could be better than him when it’s all said and done. The 76ers point guard flirts with a triple-double nightly, averaging 17.7 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 7.5 assists per game.
At one time, Booker had the opportunity to play with an uber-talented point guard. His name was John Wall, with whom Booker entered the league . After being able to watch Wall grow from a top pick with all of the star potential in the world to one of the best players in the NBA, Booker can already see that same star power oozing from Simmons.
“Just to see the growth from John from our rookie year to now, it was tremendous,” Booker told Amico Hoops. “And I see a lot of that in Ben already. I think he’s a little more advanced than John was at this age. So to see what John is now compared to where Ben could be, he has a lot of potential.”
Mostly, though, Booker was brought to Philadelphia to help the team stay level-headed through down times.
“Try to help the team when we hit adversity. That’s the biggest thing,” he said. “We’re gonna hit some rough patches, all teams do. Try to help the team through that.”