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The NBA will announce All-Bubble teams on Saturday

(NBAE | Getty Images)

(NBAE | Getty Images)

Devin Booker and De’Aaron Fox have been playing like All-NBA players down in Orlando and they might soon receive the recognition for it.

According to a release sent out by the league, the NBA plans on announcing two “All-Bubble” Teams–consisting of 10 total players from any position–along with a Bubble MVP once the seeding games wrap up this coming Friday. The winners are expected to be announced on Saturday.

Booker and Fox, who play for the Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings, respectively, are going to be popular choices to make one of the two teams. Book is almost a shoo-in to be named to the First-Team and, in my unbiased opinion, is one of the top two choices for Bubble MVP (the other being Indiana Pacers forward TJ Warren). Booker is averaging over 30 points per contest on the most surprising team in Orlando. He’s led his Suns to a now 7-0 record during the start and with a growing chance at making the playoffs for the first time in a decade. There hasn’t been a single Bubble game where Booker didn’t play at a high level.

He also did this earlier on Tuesday in the Suns 130-117 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

As for Fox, his Kings were eliminated from the Bubble over the weekend and are currently 1-5. He’s been the lone bright spot for Sac-Town during the seeding games, averaging 26.2 points, 7.3 assists, and 1.7 steals per outing–all higher than his regular-season averages. His 3-point percentage has been drained down to an ugly 21.9 percent, but despite that, he’s making over 50 percent of his overall shots from the floor.

The former Kentucky guards might be the only two Wildcats to make either of the All-Bubble teams. If you want to look at other potential options, though, the most obvious choice would be Anthony Davis, who has cruised to averages of 18.5 points, 8.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game. However, outside of his passing numbers, his stats are down across the board and the Los Angeles Lakers have 3-4 while playing mostly uninterested basketball.

Then we scroll down further to the Miami Heat duo of Tyler Herro and Bam Adebayo, who have both played solid basketball in Orlando, but with ups and downs along the way. The same can be said about Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder. If I had a say in the voting, my two teams would look something like this through the first 6/7 games of the restart:

(Yes, I know I left Fox off my list. It hurt me, too. There are way too many good players in the NBA right now!)

Bubble MVP: Devin Booker

First Team All-Bubble

Damian Lillard (POR)
Devin Booker (PHX)
James Harden (HOU)
Luka Doncic (DAL)
T.J. Warren (IND)

Second Team All-Bubble

Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)
Kristaps Porzingis (DAL)
Michael Porter Jr. (DEN)
Caris LeVert (BKN)
DeMar DeRozan (SAS)

Spoiler alert: I would expect to see an All-BBNBA Bubble Team come to this here website sometime after the awards are officially announced this weekend. Stay tuned.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

4 Comments for The NBA will announce All-Bubble teams on Saturday

  1. UK_fac_boi
    9:12 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    I wanted to argue with that list but I just couldn’t. Luka for MVP next year, bet.

  2. PensacolaCat
    10:05 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    I’m waiting on the edge of my seat for the Bubble Awards on Saturday.

  3. Bluebird
    9:34 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

    You really think TJ Warren is more likely to win MVP than Damian Lillard…?

  4. CatsFanFrankfort
    11:26 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

    All 5 of the guys on that first team could win the MVP, really. I’d give it to Book because of the record, though. Luka 2nd.