“Phoenix Suns haven’t made the playoffs in 10 years”: Jae Crowder’s unlikely union with Devin Booker after social media battle leads them to first NBA Finals in 28 years

Ashish Priyadarshi
|Published 02/07/2021

Jae Crowder and Devin Booker are teammates on a Suns team going to the Finals, but after Booker’s 70 point game this seemed impossible.

The Phoenix Suns made the bold move in the offseason to bring Chris Paul despite his age and monster contract, but one signing that slipped very under the radar was that of Jae Crowder’s.

Crowder played on the Miami Heat team that took the Lakers to six games in last year’s Finals, and he was as solid as you get with a ‘three-and-d’ player.

Crowder’s contributions to the Suns have not gone unnoticed, but it never seemed like he’d playing alongside Devin Booker at any point in his career. So, how did this union happen, and why was it so unlikely?

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Jae Crowder Faced Heavy Criticism For His Decision To Join The Suns

Leaving to ‘The Valley’ a year after making a Finals run had people everywhere scratching their heads about Crowder’s decision. Why would he abandon a championship level team to go to a franchise that hadn’t made the playoffs in 10 years?

Crowder opened up about the criticism he faced in his decision after sweeping the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Semifinals:

“I look like a genius, I know I look like a genius a little bit with my decision. When I made the decision you should have saw how many text messages I got like, ‘What am I doing? Why are you going to Phoenix? They haven’t made the playoffs in 10 years.’ I just feel like I know what type of group these guys were. I felt like they were hungry, they wanted to do some special things and I just wanted to be a part of it.” via Arizona Sports.

Crowder Beefed With Devin Booker Before Joining Phoenix,

There were other circumstances that made this pairing unlikely too. Back in 2017, you might remember a Phoenix Suns vs. Boston Celtics game. Actually you probably wouldn’t remember this game just based off the teams and date, but you might remember it because this was the day Devin Booker dropped 70 points.

It was marvelous, shocking, and eye-opening, giving us a glimpse of who Booker could become. At the same time, Crowder was a member of the Boston Celtics team who beat the Suns that day despite Booker’s rampage. Crowder had some words for Booker and the Suns following the game.

Well, the past seems to be in the past as the two make an excellent pairing on this Suns team. They’re Finals bound now, and all that happened is history.

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Ashish Priyadarshi

Ashish Priyadarshi

Ashish Priyadarshi is The SportsRush's content manager and editor. Ashish freelanced for 1 year in the NFL division before taking on an editorial role in the company. He then tacked on managing content while adding on a writing role in the NBA division. Ashish has been closely following the NFL and NBA since the 2012 season when the Patriots lost the Super Bowl and Derrick Rose was at the height of his powers. Since then, Ashish has focused on honing his knowledge for both leagues in, even writing crossover pieces. In his free time, Ashish is an avid basketball player, he loves to watch movies and TV shows, immersing himself in the cinematic world. Ashish studies computer science and data science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and would love to mesh his love for sports with his technical skills.

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