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Devin Booker is catching the eyes of the national media with his first playoff appearance this postseason. After Game 1 win over the Clippers, several NBA peers claimed that Booker has ‘arrived’, including TV analyst Stephen A Smith.

During ESPN’s First Take on Monday, Stephen A. Smith compared the Suns All-Star to Lakers’ legend Kobe Bryant, after Booker’s incredible Game 1 performance.

(via Arizona Sports):

“Devin Booker is the next Kobe Bryant. I’m saying it on national television, Devin Booker is the next Kobe Bryant,” Smith said. “It is official, in his first playoff appearance and the brother is the number one option and averaging over 28 (points). Dropped 40 (points) and a triple-double in the first game of the Conference Finals.”

Smith went on to say Booker reminds him of an assassin the way he plays, similarly to Bryant, who thrived in the big stage of NBA basketball during his illustrious career.

The Suns will face the Clippers for Game 2 of the WCF series on Tuesday without Chris Paul, who is sidelined due to the NBA health and safety protocols.