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Guards Battle at NBA Summer League

It's proven, Devin Booker is ready to shine in the big leagues. He's outright better than the competition at this year's NBA Summer League. An All-Rookie First Team selection from a year ago, the former University of Kentucky standout is posting 26 points per game while leading his Phoenix Suns club to a pair of wins.

As Booker continues to solidify himself as a formidable guard in the NBA, he went face-to-face in the third quarter with fellow sophomore year guard R.J. Hunter. Under the bright lights of Las Vegas (and ESPN2), Booker and Hunter (Boston Celtics) exchanged buckets and blows - both physical and verbal - throughout the contest.

A lights out shooter from Georgia State, Hunter hit four three-pointers as his counterpart, Booker, matched his every move and then some. Supremely confident on this stage, Booker embraced the challenge from his formidable opponent and rose above the occasion.

In the end, Booker and the Suns won the game as the 6'6" stud led all scorers with 24 points. As his Celts fell in the bout, Hunter (17 points) showed flashes of Golden State Warriors' guard Stephen Curry with an uncanny ability to connect from long-range.

With guards such as Curry, Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Damian Lillard (Portland Trailblazers) leading the way for the league's backcourt, it's a pleasure to watch two promising prospects leave it all on the hardwood on a hot Sunday night in Sin City.