As the calendar year comes to a close, the NBA season is kicking into gear. With each club having 50 odd games left, there is more than enough time for struggling teams to emerge from the darkness and the overachievers to fall back into their lottery ways. However, Christmas is not only a time of giving but a time of receiving. And what better way to make sure you get what you want than a Christmas wish list? So here is everything I want for Christmas this NBA season:

A Good Finals

In the past two NBA seasons, there have been nine NBA Finals games. The Warriors have won eight of those games. I honestly can’t express how happy I was when LeBron left the Cavaliers because it meant we no longer had to watch him carry Cleveland to June just to get wiped by Golden State. But now, we finally get something fresh. Obviously, we all expect the Warriors to come out of the west. But the east is wide open. Whether it be a Kawhi-led Raptors team, a Celtics team that (despite injuries) was just minutes away from reaching the Finals last year, or a young 76ers team, we need a change of scenery in the Finals. To me, the Sixers with Embiid, Simmons, and Butler would be the most interesting lineup that could possibly cause some matchup problems for the Warriors. But I would also love to see a healthy Kawhi seizing an opportunity that was robbed from him two years ago and collapse the Warriors dynasty.

A Kings Playoff Series

The Sacramento Kings haven’t made the playoffs since 2006 and are probably the most tortured franchise in NBA history. However, after years of suffering, they have finally amounted a strong, young core that is able to compete in each and every game. However, currently sitting at 9th in the west, the Kings have fallen back to earth a little bit after their hot start. But I still believe in their hopes to play in late April. De’Aaron Fox is a star in the making, Buddy Hield is a scoring machine, Marvin Bagley is off to a very promising start, and Willie Cauley-Stein is thriving in the Kings fast-paced offense. So although I hope and believe in their ability to finish off a full season this year, they will be a playoff team for years to come regardless of what happens in 2019.

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Robert Sarver Sells the Suns

I know I just said the Kings are the NBA’s most deprived franchise, but the Suns are a close second. The Suns haven’t made the playoffs since 2010 and have never won a championship. And it’s not even that the Suns haven’t made the playoffs, they have been nowhere near competitive. Other than the drafting of Devin Booker and hopefully Deandre Ayton, the Suns fans have had nothing to cheer for. Yet, Robert still thinks he has the power to threaten Phoenix and tell the taxpayers that if they don’t pay for a new stadium to put his terrible team in, he will move the Suns out of the city entirely. I honestly hop Sarver is either forced to or decides to sell his share of the Suns’ franchise.

A Tobias Harris All-Star Selection

For the past two seasons, I have preached how underrated and undervalued Tobias Harris is. Last year, he averaged 18.6 points per game on 46% shooting from the field and 41% from behind the arc. Yet, he still wasn’t given a spot in the all-star game. And let me remind you that he wasn’t even in the west when teams were selected. But it still wasn’t that big of a deal to me because he was given some recognition with an invitation to the three-point contest. However, if Tobias Harris isn’t voted into the all-star game this year, the entire NBA is a sham and I will refuse to watch it. Right now, Harris is averaging 21.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game on 51% shooting from the field, 40% from three, and 86.5% on free throws. The man is damn near having a 50-40-90 season while averaging over 20 points and you hear nothing about him. I don’t understand what more he needs to do. He’s not only in the biggest market in basketball (Los Angeles), he is the best player on a Clippers team that will likely be in the playoff picture come February. But no, why don’t we just give the Warriors four all-star representatives again?

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