“THANK YOU BASKETBALL!” Booker wrote within his retirement announcement. “I have no clue where I would have ended up without you, but watch where you take me. I hope you guys continue to watch my journey because it’s definitely not over, it’s just the beginning.”
The 23rd overall pick in the 2010 draft, Booker spent his first four NBA seasons with the Wizards before spending time with the Jazz, Nets, Sixers, and Pacers. He appeared in a total of 532 regular season games, primarily as a backup, averaging 6.9 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 1.1 APG. He also saw action in a total of 16 postseason contests for Washington and Indiana.
Booker, 32, last appeared in the NBA during the 2017/18 campaign, playing a total of 68 games for the Nets, 76ers, and Pacers, averaging 6.3 PPG and 4.7 RPG in 17.0 MPG. After failing to catch on with an NBA team in the summer of 2018, he signed with China’s Shanxi Brave Dragons, but left the team early in the season and returned stateside to undergo foot surgery.
Booker worked out for NBA teams last summer and was said to still be on some clubs’ radars as recently as January. However, after another season without an NBA opportunity, he apparently decided it was time to hang up his sneakers.
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