With the playoffs approaching, putting everyone in a good mood, I decided I should be nice for this piece.
Last article, I decided to burst every fanbase’s bubble by sending a roast towards every team. This one is a little different. The complete opposite actually.
My intent with this is to rekindle my relationship with every fan base by giving each team that was initially invited to the bubble a compliment, and discuss one thing I like about each team.
Other than the Rockets, who run essentially five guards, this is the most switchable team defensively. They are the only team to finish the bubble top-six in defense and offense, and are an extremely strong two-way team.
Only eight teams finished the seeding games with a record above .500, and the Nets were one of them! This team absolutely competed under Coach Jacque Vaughn, and will be a tough out for the Raptors.
I roasted Luka in the last piece, but he really is the best young-player in the league. If Dallas can build a team around him that can win a couple rings, Luka could have a GOAT-like resume, assuming full health.
Michael Porter Jr. is a stud, and the perfect fit next to Jokic. These two and Murray are going to make noise in this league for a while.
The extreme small-ball experiment has worked… So far.
Congratulations to TJ Warren for making the All-Bubble first team. Who would’ve predicted that heading in? Probably no one, because no one knew this award existed.
Los Angeles Clippers
I’ve always thought the Clippers had the best wings in the league. Clearly Lou Williams preferred elsewhere.
Los Angeles Lakers
You’ll have the Portland Trail Blazers to get your offense back on track. Be thankful for that.
Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. are already stars in this league, and Memphis will be a scary team for a long time.
The opposing teams should be tired, as long as Jimmy continues to dribble in his room at 4:00am.
Unlike Lou Will, Giannis used his head.
New Orleans Pelicans
At least Zion is rested for next season.
Oklahoma City Thunder
No one saw this coming. One of my favourite teams to watch, and they have a legit chance at beating Houston in round one.
I don’t think a lot of people will be watching you get swept by the Bucks.
The Embiid-Simmons pairing does work! It’s about who’s around them. These two are a dangerous pairing, and can be for a long-time.
There wasn’t a single person outside of Suns fans that thought Phoenix should have been invited. They came in, kicked butt, and now head into next season riding a high.
Portland Trail Blazers
Dame Time… ‘nough said. Who needs a stop when you can score 130 consistently?
Vlade Divac stepped down!
San Antonio Spurs
Probably my favourite team to watch in the bubble. Never in a thousand years did I think I would be saying that the Spurs were my favourite team to watch.
I don’t care what the stats say, this is the best defensive team in the league. OG Anunoby is the best on-ball defender in the league, and the entire roster is strong on that end. They finished the bubble with a defensive rating of 102.7, which is absolutely amazing.
Just know that Utah is a really strong team when Bogdanovic is healthy. Without him…a little shaky.
I had to utilize an external source for this one.
“At least the misery is over.” – Malik Mate