WITH 75 SECONDS remaining in the Phoenix Suns' season opener, Devin Booker had the ball in his hands and the full attention of all five Golden State Warriors defenders. He had been in similar situations plenty of times. This one was different.

After all, this matchup on October 24 was Booker's first since he permanently switched to point guard.

The three-time All-Star has played that position for extended periods of time and even entire games, so it wasn't entirely unfamiliar ground.

Now on the opposite side was Chris Paul, the future Hall of Famer who had led the Suns through the most prosperous seasons of Booker's career as a pass-first player in the preceding several years. 

After the Suns traded Paul to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Bradley Beal, Paul was sent to Golden State, and Phoenix decided against acquiring a conventional point guard to take his position.

Now, Booker works full-time as the floor commander of a dominant team that hopes to win the NBA.

he first true test of the Suns' high-stakes experiment had arrived late in crunch time inside Chase Center.

The week before the season started, Booker told ESPN, "late in games is where a true point guard helps." His words were going to come to pass.

When center Jusuf Nurkic threw up a screen for Booker at the top of the key, the Suns took a one-point lead.

When asked about his new position as point guard, Booker told ESPN, "I don't want to say it's simple, but you just make the right play." "Make the open play."