It’s Christmastime, and following on the heels of our Twelve Days of Grizzmas, we thought it would be nice to think of a gift for everyone on the Grizzlies roster.
Mike Conley – For the ever-improving point guard, we hope Santa brings him more articles like this one and a few more double-digit assist games for the Grizzlies new franchise leader in that category. And a new bowling ball.
Tony Allen – For the Godfather of Grit and Grind, we’re wishing for continued good health after his off-season knee surgery, a return of his halting but effective shooting stroke, and a few more steals to push him over 2.0 spg for the first time in his career. And a gift certificate to Cracker Barrel.
Rudy Gay – For the most interesting man in the NBA, we think he deserves an All-Star berth, which means a return to his level of play in the first month of the season, including a better 3pt% and more free throw attempts. And some swimming lessons.
Zach Randolph – For the mayor of “We Don’t Bluff City”, we feel he should get more positive press like this Grantland piece and hope that the double-doubles keep coming like clockwork on the way to his second All-Star selection since he is, quite frankly, the best post player in the league. Oh, and the officials can start recognizing how often he’s getting hammered in the paint any time now. And a Kendrick Perkins bobblehead.
Marc Gasol – For Big Spain aka Wendigo aka the Big Burrito aka La Tanqueta, he should be expecting a second straight All-Star game under the tree. We hope he gets a few more double-doubles and an uptick in assists to match his start to the season. And a new Barça jersey.
Jerryd Bayless – For the Grizzlies’ highest-profile off-season acquisition, Santa should bring his aggressiveness and shooting stroke back, since when he is a scorer more than a facilitator, the Grizzlies tend to win more often. And for someone to start an “Evil Bayless” Twitter account.
Wayne Ellington – For the former Tarheel, we wish for a speedy recovery from his lower back strain, some greater consistency game-to-game, and another game or two like he had against Miami — preferably when I’m in attendance. And some massage therapy for his back — maybe by his incredibly attractive girlfriend.
Quincy Pondexter – For the Grizzlies’ most improved player this season, we think he should receive more recognition for his importance to the team’s success, and hope that he has more games like his successive performances against Phoenix and New Orleans earlier this month when he had 16 points in each contest. And a Monty Williams poster for his locker. Oh and some love from his sister who got a nice gift from Josephs under the tree (or so an elf told us).
Darrell Arthur – For the man who was put on this planet to blow up pick-and-rolls, we are hoping that he gets more open shots from the right elbow, more rebounds and blocked shots, and more health than he’s seen in his career so far. And a rabbit’s foot, a horseshoe, and a four-leaf clover.
Marreese Speights – For last season’s frontcourt savior, we feel he deserves to snag a few more rebounds and more trips to the charity stripe, since those correlate to Grizzlies’ wins. And an invite to the three-point contest since he’s tied for 4th among players who have taken at leat four 3’s this year.
Josh Selby – For the Summer League MVP, Santa should bring some playing time, which should translate into some regained confidence in himself. And new box of headbands.
Tony Wroten – For the Grizzlies’ draft pick, we would give a little bit of continuity and consistency, since he has been bounced back-and-forth to Reno’s D-League team without great results to show for it yet, despite his prodigious athletic gifts and potential. And a Seahawks playoff victory.
Hamed Haddadi – For the unofficial second mascot of the team, we want to see him continue to get rebounds when called upon, and how about a block — since he hasn’t recorded one thus far in the season. And a new pair of Elvis sunglasses.