Devin Booker injury update: Suns star expected to return for season opener

Devin Booker will be back on the court when the Suns begin the regular season.

The 21-year-old guard underwent hand surgery in mid-September and was expected to miss about six weeks. But, Booker healed quicker than first anticipated as he was cleared for full contact last weekend.

Phoenix coach Igor Kokoskov said Booker will play against the Mavericks in the season opener Wednesday.

“There’s no secret,” Kokoskov said (via Arizona Sports 98.7FM). “He’s ready, he’s playing, he’s excited. He’s our big rock.

“Devin is doing great. … He’s in a good place. Very vocal, very active, looks healthy.”

Booker signed a five-year, $158 million contract extension with the Suns this offseason.

Booker was selected by the Suns out of Kentucky with the 13th pick in the 2015 draft. He averaged a career-high 24.9 points and shot 38.3 percent from 3-point range in 54 games last season.