The NBA previously announced they would create awards to recognize players who performed well in the Bubble. There was an MVP award which was awarded to Portland’s Damian Lillard and a Coach of the Bubble award which was given to Phoenix's Monty Williams. Then there All-Bubble teams, similar to the All-NBA teams but this award was focused only on the players performance during the eight seeding games. The Mavericks had not one, but two players qualify for this recognition.
Luka Doncic was selected for the All-Bubble first team. In the seven games Doncic played in, he averaged 30.0 points per game, 10.1 rebounds per game, and 9.7 assists per game. These averages inlcude the last game when he played just a few minutes before sitting. All of this was achieved while shooting 47.9 percent from the field, 30.0 percent from three, and 80.3 percent from the line. Doncic shares the All-Bubble first team with Portland’s Damian Lillard, Phoenix’s Devin Booker, Indiana’s TJ Warren, and Houston’s James Harden.
Kristaps Porzingis was chosen as a member of the second team. Despite only playing six games in the bubble, Porzingis put up some incredible numbers. He averaged 30.5 points per game (+11.1 compared to season averaged), 9.5 rebounds per game, and 1.5 blocks per game. He also shot 47.6 percent from the field (+4.9 compared to season average) and 38.1 percent from three (+2.9 compared to season average). Had Porzingis played all eight games, his name could easily be right next to Doncic’s on the first team. Maybe there’s even an argument for it to be there anyways, as he had the fourth largest jump in scoring average during the bubble.
Either way, both of Dallas’ stars earned a nice recognition for their elite play. Now, they’ll look to continue that dominance in playoffs against the Clippers starting Monday.