Each and every year, young players throughout the NBA breakout in the postseason. Last year, we saw players such as Pascal Siakam, Derrick White, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander step into the spotlight and shine. So, which players will breakout in the bubble this year?
Bubble Breakout Candidate #1: Chris Boucher
Though Toronto Raptors power forward Chris Boucher may have only played 13 minutes per game in the regular season and his offensive game needs work, he has the potential to become a bubble breakout. With his lengthy wingspan and defensive versatility, Boucher will play a key role in neutralizing star forwards such as Giannis Antetokounmpo and Ben Simmons during the Raptors’ postseason run.
Bubble Breakout Candidate #2: Luguentz Dort
Though he is a lesser-known player in the NBA, Lugeuntz Dort of the Thunder has become a bit of a cult hero throughout Oklahoma City. When the shooting guard joined the starting unit in January, the offensive rating jumped from 109 to 114. The offensive numbers improving are not the only statistic that makes Dort special.
He won over fans’ hearts with his aggressiveness on both sides of the ball. His counting numbers and averages may not jump off the page, but the effort Dort exerts on both sides of the ball make him a very unique bubble breakout candidate.
Bubble Breakout Candidate #3: Donte DiVincenzo
After a 2018-19 rookie season that was derailed by injury, shooting guard Donte DiVincenzo stepped into the spotlight this season on one of the NBA’s best teams, the Milwaukee Bucks. In 23 minutes per game, the Villanova product led the Bucks in steals per game with 1.4. On top of that, ‘the Big Ragu’ served as a perfect 3-and-D player alongside star player Giannis Antetokounmpo.
His 34.4 percent clip from the three-point territory may not be the most impressive stat, but as the season went on, DiVincenzo warmed up. In the five games the guard played in March, he was hitting more efficiently from behind the arc, making threes at a 37.5 percent clip.
DiVincenzo’s improved play softened the blow caused by the loss of Malcolm Brogdon. The remainder of the season could be up in the air, but if the postseason is played, DiVincenzo is a prime candidate for a bubble breakout.
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