It’s that wonderful time of year! A time of giving and spreading joy to the ones you love. Santa’s currently taking requests, so let’s see what’s on some Christmas lists across the NBA.
Cleveland Cavaliers-A point Guard
The Cleveland Cavaliers have been on a tear as of late, winning 18 of their last 19. LeBron is playing like the LeKing he is and Dwyane Wade is proving to be a nice piece of the bench. Only problem is they’re currently running with Jose Calderon as their starting PG. This isn’t too big of a problem with a team consisting of LeBron James because he can fill the role of PG beautifully, but one can’t help but feel they’d be better with a solid PG at the helm to take some of the load off of LBJ. Luckily Isaiah Thomas is on his way back and potentially Derrick Rose (whom I still have faith in) to give the team some more depth at the point.
Orlando Magic-The Beginning of the Season
The Orlando Magic were doing beautifully at the start of the season and were even at the top of the Eastern Conference for a moment. They’d beaten teams like the Cavs and the Spurs, all while Vucevic and Gordon were playing like All-Stars. But their magic (pun possibly intended) ran out and the Magic quickly fell to the bottom of the league where they now sit. I’m sure everyone on that roster wishes they could go back to the hey days of the early season when they were on top of the world.
Los Angeles Clippers-A Health Potion
The Clippers, like the Magic, were looking great at the beginning of the season, but suffered injuries to a multitude of their key players. Gallinari, Beverley, Teodosic, and Griffin have all experienced injuries that have put them out for a good deal of time. Luckily for them, Teodosic and Gallinari are on their way back, but Beverley is out for the year with a knee injury and Griffin could be out for two months with a sprained MCL. If only the Clippers could obtain a health potion to regenerate their injured players and then preserve those that are not hurt, perhaps then they could make another run. However obtaining such a potion may prove to be difficult with the pieces their quest party currently possesses, or lacks, I should say. They may be able to find a low-powered potion and simply use it only for whoever they deemed most valuable (Blake), but it most likely wouldn’t be enough.
City of Chicago-An NBA team
It’s really too bad the City of Chicago does not have an NBA team, especially with their historic history. I mean they did have the greatest player to ever play the game and I’m sure Horace Grant agrees with me when I say he wishes they had an NBA team to continue his legacy. But sadly, Chicago is left with a lowly G-League team that can hardly handle playing 48 straight minutes of basketball. Although they have beaten some decent NBA teams in a couple of scrimmage games they played this season.
Russell Westbrook-The Team to Himself Again
Last season Russell Westbrook was the talk of the town for putting up the numbers he did. Averaging a triple-double for the season is quite a feat, but he really didn’t have anyone else to back him up and help boost the team to a playoff berth. This offseason the Thunder changed that and gave Westbrook the help he needed by acquiring both Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. A scary big three to say the least, but so far this trio has yet to prove themselves. Much of the blame is going towards Westbrook because people are beginning to realize that Westbrook is a black hole that absorbs everything in sight, leading to a real logjam on the court. The team’s failures can no longer be shifted off of Westbrook. There is no scapegoat with that team and I’m sure Westbrook wishes he could go back to the days where he was the only source of production and he could do as he pleased with no worry about the team’s failures. Westbrook could stat-pad all he wanted last season, but now that there’s two other stars with him in OKC, there’s no room for selfishness. There’s no doubt Westbrook will be asking Santa for a team of his own this Christmas. Maybe Santa could trade Paul George for him…
Lonzo Ball-A Jump Shot
Lonzo Ball has been off to a shaky start from a shooting standpoint. His shooting percentages have been abysmal across the board and he’s beginning to take heat from the media because of it. Ball will be looking to upgrade his shot from a medieval catapult to something more like Reggie Miller this Christmas. Hell, he’d probably even take something like Shawn Marion at this point. At least he could score.
Dirk Nowitzki-The 2010-2011 Season
Dirk’s team this season is…not ideal and he’s sure not playing like himself either. We can call this a fluke or lack of support around him, but perhaps it is simply Dirk getting old. Let’s call it for what it most likely is, which is both. Dirk’s got nothing around him and he’s 39 this season. Those two factors do not play nicely. Dirk this Christmas will be asking Santa for nothing but to go back to that lovely 2011 season where he not only played great basketball, but was able to take down LeBron and the Heat to capture his one and only NBA championship.
Nerlens Noel-A Place to Call Home
(Fitting that Noel is in a Christmas piece)
I can’t remember the last time Noel started a game and logged over 25 minutes in a game. It honestly might’ve been back when he was with Philly (just checked, it was the second game of this season, so still not great). Clearly Noel is not valued in Dallas and he does not feel motivated to try his best for an organization that clearly does not care about him. The Hot Dog Incident is a perfect summary of the Noel situation. Noel will be asking Santa to send him to someplace where he can feel needed and motivated to help his team win. I’m thinking Cleveland.