Written By Nicolas Papa 8-12-20
The NBA Bubble in Orlando, Florida has given us NBA fans some spectacular performances over the last few weeks. We’ve seen players we would never expect light it up like Austin Rivers. We’ve seen seasoned veterans go out and make an impact like Carmelo. But with all these outstanding performances who deserves to be the 8 game bubble MVP?
Damian Lillard has always been a prolific scorer and a great shooter , but inside the bubble, he has just been a different breed. He’s averaging about 38 PPG on 48% shooting from the field and 43% from the 3. Lillard is on a mission to will his team into the playoffs. Last night he put up 61 points in a big win over Dallas to take control of the 8th seed in the Western Conference. Portland entered the bubble 3 games back of the 8th seed and somehow managed to make a miraculous comeback in 7 games. Damian Lillard has been a monster in the bubble and if the #1 seeded Lakers aren’t careful they could run into trouble in the form of Dame Time.
Not one person expected to hear this name in MVP conversations in Orlando but he is. Forward TJ Warren from the Indiana Pacers has been a nightmare to guard in the bubble, he’s averaging 31 PPG on 57% shooting from the field. He’s becoming a player that can go on a dominant scoring run on any given night. At just 26 years old Warren is Averaging 19.8 PPG and has become the go-to guy for the Pacers. Although Warren probably won’t be the Bubble MVP he does deserve recognition for his improvement and stellar play inside the Bubble.
To me, Devin Booker is the Bubble MVP. I’ve always believed that an MVP award shouldn’t be based on who the best player is, but what player has the most impact on their teams’ success. Someone who they couldn’t win without because his impact is just too high. For the Phoenix Suns Devin Booker is that player. Booker has played for a subpar team his whole career and is tired of losing, So instead of turning his back on his teammates and attempting to jump ship, he was patient and worked on becoming better to lead the suns to the playoffs. Devin Booker is averaging 31 PPG on 49% shooting in the bubble and the Suns are currently undefeated at 7-0. Their fairytale comeback story may soon come to an end because of their struggles earlier in the season but that doesn’t change anything in regards to Booker. He has impacted winning all season long and without him the Suns would be one of the worst teams in the NBA. Devin Booker has earned himself the right to be called the NBA Bubble MVP.