Doncic fights for Walt Disney MVP with Lillard and Booker

The NBA will award this Saturday, before the first game of the 'play in', the prizes of the bubble: best player and first and second best team.


The NBA will announce the bubble prizes this Saturday before the first game of the Western Conference play-in. There will be three awards, best player and best first and second team, chosen by the journalists present in Orlando and that will only take into account the matches played in this restart of the season (from July 30 to August 14) in the Walt complex Disney.

This is a great opportunity for Luka Doncic to conquer the Florida MVP, his second major individual title after the best rookie of the course in 2019. The Slovenian point guard has been left out of the fight for the regular season MVP despite his superlative performance, which has continued in the magical kingdom of Mickey Mouse. He averages almost a triple-double in the seven games he has played: 30 points, 10.1 rebounds and 9.7 assists. Only Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets) and he have closed a duel with a triple-double: the Madrid youth squad in three; Serbian center in one.

Doncic has had brilliant performances. Almost epic. Against the Sacramento Kings he reached 34 points, 20 rebounds (his career top) and 12 assists and against Giannis Antetokounmpo's Milwaukee Bucks, 36 points, 14 sacks and 19 basket passes, his highest in the NBA. Since he restarted the course, he has not dropped below 25 points.

Rivals Lillard, Harden and Booker

However, the fight for the best player in the bubble is not so easy. Damian Lillard, James Harden and Devin Booker also enter the pools. The Portland Trail Blazers point guard is having a heroic home stretch, top scorer in the bubble (37.6 points average), as the Oregon franchise struggles to make the playoffs. His 51 points against the Sixers and 61! versus Dallas Mavericks are witness to that effort. A strength that has qualified his team for play in.

Harden, for his part, has followed Doncic's continuity line. If in the first 61 games of the League, before the March break, the point guard averaged 34.4 goals; on the return to activity, it is at 35.3. He has gone from being the top scorer in the regular season, to being second in the duels that have been played in Orlando.

As for Booker, what to say. Not only has he been fantastic (30.5 points on average), but Phoenix Suns has been the revelation at Walt Disney: he has gone from the second worst balance among the 22 teams installed in the bubble (the worst in the West) to stay centimeters from playing the play in after linking eight victories in eight games. The Arizona franchise is the only one undefeated. The guard's role as the leader of a young team that has finally exploded under Monty Williams is the best news for an organization played for many, many years.

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