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Top 5 G League Bubble Player Performances – Week 3

The third week of the NBA G League bubble is officially in the books. Now, the final week of the regular awaits ahead. The Erie BayHawks sit top of the standings, with a 10-2 record. The 9-3 Santa Cruz Warriors follow close behind and are currently riding an 8-game win streak.

Oklahoma City Blue and Raptors 905 occupy the next two positions, both holding 8-3 records. Despite picking up two wins in the week, the Iowa Wolves still sit bottom, with a 2-10 record. The Salt Lake City Stars are second-bottom, having gone 3-9 so far this season.

When looking at Offensive Rating, the Raptors 905 sit top (123.7), with the Erie BayHawks holding the best Defensive Rating in the league (104.5). Kevin Porter Jr of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers places first in points per game (24.3), with Jordan Poole of the Santa Cruz Warriors (22.4) and Paul Reed of the Delaware Blue Coats (22.4) sitting in second and third.

It was another intense, action-filled week with players looking to impress onlooking NBA scouts. Below we take a look at our top-5 player performances from week 3 of the G League bubble in Disney World, Orlando.

Kevin Porter Jr – 27P, 11R, 14A, 2S, 1B, 11-24 FG:

On February 25, in a victory over the Erie BayHawks, Kevin Porter Jr recorded the first triple-double of the G League bubble. The Rio Grande Valley Vipers guard scored 27 points, on 11-24 shooting, draining 2 from deep. He also added 11 rebounds, 14 assists, 2 steals, and a single block.

The definition of a 3-tier scorer, Porter Jr shows strikingly similar moves to that of James Harden. Whether it be shimming and knocking shots down from range, or by driving to the rim and absorbing contact for the and-1. If that wasn’t enough, the 20-year-old controlled the boards and found teammates with ease. The perfect showing.

The most impressive part about this performance is that it came in a win against the BayHawks, who hold the best defense in the bubble. It also kick-started a 3-game winning streak for the Vipers.

Alize Johnson – 36P, 17R, 5A, 2S, 1B, 15-19 FG:

Alize Johnson of the Raptors 905 is fast becoming one of the most impressive players in the bubble. He’s had two 20+ rebound performances, solidifying himself as an elite rebounder. However, as of late he’s been showing off his scoring touch. Following back-to-back 20+ point showings, Johnson knocked down 36 points in a win over the Westchester Knicks on February 27.

The 6-foot-9 forward showed incredible strength and tricky footwork to bulldoze himself to the rim on countless occasions. It’s not as if other facets of his game lowered too, with 17 rebounds and active defensive through his 2 steals and 1 block. It didn’t come through in this particular performance, but if it wasn’t enough, Johnson is shooting at a 38.9% clip from downtown on the season.

Paul Reed – 35P, 7R, 2A, 3S, 5B, 14-22 FG, 5 3P:

Two-way forward Paul Reed has been lighting up the bubble ever-since the very start. On February 27, he took it up to the next level, scoring a season-high 35 points on 14-22 shooting. Showing qualities of a modern big, he knocked down an impressive 5 three-pointers, on a 50% conversion rate.

It was only the third time this season that Reed recorded less than 10 rebounds. Although, he countered that with a season-high 5 blocks, as he showed off his defensive dominance as well. Even though this performance came in a loss, it was against one of the best defensive teams in the league (Oklahoma City Blue), that host multiple 7-footers.

Anthony Lamb – 32P, 12R, 4A, 2S, 1B, 12-19 FG:

After recording no more than 8 points and 5 rebounds in the opening 6 games for the Canton Charge, rookie Anthony Lamb was traded to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In his debut, he erupted for 32 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block. He shot 12-19 from the field and drained 2 triples.

Taking on arguably the best team in the bubble, in the Erie BayHawks, Lamb showed his versatility by rolling to the rim and finishing finds from teammates, with the occasional 3-pointer. If it wasn’t that, he was drawing defenders and dishing out dimes. Additionally, the young forward was able to use his large frame to crash the boards.

It seems that Anthony Lamb may have found his short-term home. In the very next game, he dropped 26-9-4.

David Stockton – 33P, 4R, 5A, 2S, 13-21 FG, 5 3P:

Now 29-years-old, G League veteran David Stockton can do it all. He’s shown it on countless occasions in his 180 appearances in the NBA’s minor league. On February 25, against the Santa Cruz Warriors, Stockton lit up for 33 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals. He single-handedly kept the Memphis Hustle competitive, in what was looking to be a blow-out loss.

The crafty point guard was hot from beyond the arc, as he shot 5-11. Highlighted by an incredible logo 3-pointer over Nico Mannion in the third quarter. If he wasn’t draining treys, he was weaving his way into the paint for finishes at the rim.

Some Honorable Mentions:

Michael Frazier II, Blue Coats – 32P, 4R, 4A, 1B, 12-24 FG, 4 3P

Ignas Brazdeikis, Knicks – 31P, 13R, 3A, 10-18 FG, 2 3P

Sheldon Mac, Charge – 31P, 8R, 2A, 8-14 FG, 4 3P, 7-8 FT

Nik Stauskas, Raptors – 27P, 4R, 5A, 1B, 9-17 FG, 7 3P

Nico Mannion, Warriors – 27P, 2R, 4A, 1S, 10-21 FG, 5-9 3P

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