As the NBA returned to play, fans have seen players like Damian Lillard, T.J. Warren, and Devin Booker get hot and stay hot throughout bubble play. But who struggled in the NBA’s return to play? All the focus has been on the All-Bubble team, but who is on the All-Bubble Bust Team?
Guard: Lonzo Ball, New Orleans Pelicans
The Pelicans had many problems in the bubble, but one of their biggest issues was their play at point guard. Lonzo Ball has never been the most consistent scorer. But shooting 33% from two-point range, 28% from downtown, and 56% at the charity stripe is concerning for the young guard.
On top of the inconsistent play, David Aldridge of the Athletic reported
Lonzo Ball looked like he’d checked out the whole time the Pels were there, and that they expect some significant roster adjustments in New Orleans before next season.
Eligible for a contract extension this offseason, Ball did not do himself any favors in the bubble, earning himself a spot on the Bubble Bust team.
Guard: Danny Green, Los Angeles Lakers
Green is no stranger to big moments and clutch threes in the postseason, but in the bubble the veteran guard shot a measly 25% from downtown. At one point, Green missed 13 shots from downtown. Lakers twitter was very quick to jump on the veteran 3-and-D wing as well.
Forward: Justin Holiday, Indiana Pacers
Defensively, Holiday was solid in the bubble, nabbing 13 steals in the eight games the Pacers played. But offensively, the Pacers wing struggled. Holiday shot 33% from the field and 28% from downtown. Pair the inconsistent shooting with his 6.9 points per game in the bubble and that makes Holiday a bubble bust.
Forward: Andre Iguodala, Miami Heat
The veteran struggled to make a splash with his new team in the bubble. Iguodala averaged 5 points a game on 35% shooting from the field and 23% shooting from three. Iguodala’s game is not score first, but offensively he struggled in his seven game bubble stretch. Similar to Holiday, Iguodala was able play solid defense, averaging about a steal a game. But with his offensive struggles, Iguodala earned himself a spot on the Bubble Bust team.
Forward/Center: P.J. Tucker, Houston Rockets
Outside of the role of defensive anchor for the Rockets, Tucker struggled mightily offensively. In the eight games, the Houston big man shot 29% from the field, and 29% from three. Although the Rockets went .500 in the bubble, Tucker’s offensive presence was minimal at best.
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