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.
The NBA will name a Player of the Seeding Games and an All-Seeding Games Team to honor top performers for games during the 2019-20 season restart at Disney in Florida.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 11, 2020
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.
Devin Booker's poster in phantom cam >>>
— ESPN (@espn) August 11, 2020
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.