Everyone has a Christmas list. We show off that Christmas List to our parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and Santa Claus — wishing that we wake up on Christmas morning with everything on that list.
In essence, we have a similar list for our favorite teams. We want certain things from our teams — good health, great plays, and DUBS. Granted, some of these wishes don’t pay off on Christmas morning, but there’s hope that your wishes will cash in in the long run.
GBB Senior Writer Parker Fleming (@PAKA_FLOCKA) - Kelly Oubre ... Kidding ... Not really ... OK ...
The only thing I’d love for Christmas this holiday season is, the Memphis Grizzlies to convey their pick this year to Boston. I know people will call for the Zion tank, if things go that way. Honestly, the Grizzlies won’t get Zion — they’ll end up with the 7th or 8th pick, if they keep it. Get this pick out of the way, then dream big — Cole Anthony, Jaden McDaniels, Jalen Green, or ... James Wiseman. Dream that big when it’s actually more realistic.
GBB Writer Justin Lewis (@J_Timberfake_) - I only want one thing for Christmas, and that is for Coach JB Bickerstaff to take some steps in his maturation as a first-year head coach. This team at times has looked great, and other times miserable. The blown leads and poor execution mostly fall on his shoulders. Whether it is rotations or offensive sets, something just isn’t working right now. The two-man game didn’t get you the lead in the fourth, so stop solely relying on it to close out, run the offense. Quit being baby Lionel, and release Jevon Carter and Jaren Jackson Jr. to play basketball.
GBB Senior Writer Brandon Abraham (@bcabraham) - Healthy knees for Chandler Parsons would be first on my Christmas list. I’m still a firm believer that if Memphis had a healthy Parsons, this team would be top 3 in the West. A more realistic item on my Grizzlies Christmas list is an upgrade on the wing. Neither Wayne Selden Jr. nor MarShon Brooks are the answer and replacing their minutes with a better wing would benefit the Grizzlies in multiple ways. I’d be fine with any of the names mentioned before on GBB, but a personal favorite would be to acquire Evan Fournier.
GBB Associate Editor Jack Noonan (@jnoonan1307) - On my Grizzlies Christmas List is hopefully first and foremost on most of Grizzlies’ fans list. That is the continuing progression of Jaren Jackson Jr. to another level. This includes him learning how to develop his outside shot, while logging more minutes in different rotations. While Marc will need more rest in the coming weeks, Jackson has the opportunity to take this team and run with this responsibility. He can continue to grow and let teams see what the Grizzlies will look like after the Marc and Mike era.
GBB Writer Shawn Coleman (@StatsSAC) - My Christmas wish for the Grizzlies is development and not losing sight of the future. This season has been more fun than many thought, but our veterans are coming back down to earth. Developing and featuring the youth is going with our best talent and gives us the best chance to win. Furthermore, an active approach at the trade deadline is essential. An offensive-minded wing we can control for the future would be a fun addition at the right price. If we begin to struggle over a long stretch, getting future assets for veteran pieces would be proactive and prudent.
What’s on your Grizzmas list? Comment below your thoughts.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday’s, and Happy New Year from the GBB staff!