The play in the NBA bubble has been great, and these three fringe players are taking their opportunity with more eyes on them to show what they can do.
How fun has the NBA been recently? Any fears that putting everybody in a bubble with no fans present would take away from the drama were put to bed early. In actual fact, the proximity of these players to one another only seems to be ratcheting up the drama. Especially if you’re Damian Lillard, Patrick Beverley and Paul George.
While the stars are going to dominate the news from now until a champion is crowned, it hasn’t been all about their play so far. We have seen guys like T.J. Warren turn into Michael Jordan. Luka Doncic looks like he might be about to make another leap, as absurd as that is.
But to win a championship in what has been the strangest season perhaps ever, organizations are going to need to turn to their depth to help out. The league has done an amazing job of keeping the bubble COVID free, but injuries have already taken their toll on a number of teams. In some cases greatly altering their futures.
Below the role players, there exists a group trying hard to use the remaining few seeding games to force their way into the conversation as guys who can fill a need if required during the playoffs. These players often go long periods of time without getting their shot, but the aforementioned injuries and a need to keep things fresh have seen some people given a chance.
The following are three such players who, to date, have not put up big numbers either in the bubble or outside of it. They do not play a lot of minutes and are behind more established names on the depth chart. But just recently they have shown something for franchises that are below true contender status and who need all the help they can get. Keep an eye on them going forward.