Today the NBA announced that they would be naming a seeding games MVP and 2 All-Bubble teams — not based on position (this should be the way they do All-NBA teams going forward and is something that many in the media have been advocating/begging for for several years). Without further ado…
The Bubble-ettes (All-Bubble 2nd Team)
- Giannis Antetokounmpo – he has played in 5 of Milwaukee’s 6 games and has done exactly what Giannis does. He’s averaged 31 points (tied for 4th in scoring), 13 rebounds (1st in rebounds), and 5 assists. The Buck’s are only 2-4 but it’s hard to put that on Giannis. To no one’s surprise Giannis is just as good inside of bubbles as he is outside of them.
- Kristaps Porzingis – he has shined in Orlando as a rim protector for Dallas and has been explosive on the offensive end. He’s averaged 29 points (tied for 7th in scoring), 10 rebounds, and 3 assists. If this is the Porzingis Dallas is getting for the rest of the restart they will be a DANGEROUS 6 or 7 seed.
- DeMar DeRozen – to the chagrin of the majority of non-Spurs fans, the Spurs have made a run at the 8th seed in the West (5-2 in the Bubble). The biggest reason for that has been because of DeRozen. He’s averaged 21 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists. If the Spurs make the play-in game it will be because of DeRozen’s play.
- Kawhi Leonard – while the Clippers have looked disjointed and unconvincing as a title contender since the restart, it’s hard to fault Kawhi for this. He’s averaged 29 points (tied for 7th in scoring), 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. He also shooting a blistering 51% from 3.
- Michael Porter Jr. – MPJ is a pure bucket getter. Due to injuries to the Nuggets’ backcourt — Barten, Harris, and Murray — Porter has gotten the most consistent minutes of his young NBA career. Though the defense has been suspect, he’s averaged 23 points and 9 rebounds. Oh and he’s shooting it at 57% from the field and 46% from 3.
The Bubble-ettes (All-Bubble 1st Team)
- Damian Lillard – the man simply needs to be guarded the millisecond he crosses half-court. Lillard has averaged the most minutes per game in the Bubble (41); consistently playing entire second halves. He’s averaged 33 points (3rd in scoring), 4 rebounds, and 10 assists (2nd in assists).
- TJ Warren – from out of absolutely NOWHERE TJ Warren brought he’s shooting stroke to Orlando. The man has averaged 31 points (tied for 4th in scoring), 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. He’s not considered to be a 3 point shooter but his 52% 3 point percentage says differently. Also his scoring performance against the Sixers early on in the restart was a sight to behold.
- Devon Booker – nobody has denied Devon Booker’s abilities as an individual NBA player. He’s a three-level scorer who can light up the best of defenders. But in leading the Suns to a 7-0 record in Orlando and a chance (they got a shot!) at a playoff birth has been something many didn’t think he was capable of. He’s averaged 31 points (tied for 4th in scoring), 5 rebounds, and 6 assists. Oh and he’s got RANGE.
- Luka Doncic – Luka took a leap during the NBA season and it would appear he’s taken another one inside the Bubble. He’s averaged 33 (tied for 1st in scoring), 11 rebounds (tied for 2nd in rebounds), and 11 assists (1st in assists). He’s also 3rd in minutes at 40 a game. If you saw the dismantling of the Buck’s a few games ago you get why he’s here.
- James Harden – he has continued to do exactly what Harden does. The scoring leader during the regular season is the scoring leader in the Bubble. He’s averaged 33 (tied for 1st in scoring), 8 rebounds, and 9 assists. He’s done this despite consistently being trapped at half-court.
Mr. Bubble (MVP)
- Damian Lillard – Dame time has been on Dame time since the moment he stepped foot into the Disney campus. His previously mentioned stats are as good as they come and he truly is in historic company now as a scorer. He’s become nearly unguardable in pick n’ roll situations and continues to carry the load as a creator for the Blazers. He’s also been the best at shutting down beefs in the restart too.
by Frank Greco (@fgreco12)