For Christmas this year, I’ve joined a Twitter group chat Adam Joseph has awkwardly entitled “Hopeless Romantics.” Hat tip to them for giving me a hand this week. And to all of you lonely souls out there experiencing Festivus alone, these dimes are for you.
Honorable Mention: Kat-Like Reflexes
Karl-Anthony Towns has impressed me repeatedly since I saw him play the preseason of his rookie year. Among his abundant gifts are his feline court vision and adept passing. Watch out for Minnesota on the rise in 2017 as he continues to do crazy stuff like this:
This pass by Karl-Anthony Towns tho… pic.twitter.com/gFlAywdHRu
— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) December 20, 2016
#3 Russ Gonna Shamm
I’ll be the first to admit I don’t know who or what a Shammgod is. Maybe it’s a cousin of the ShamWow that makes my apartment sparkle, or maybe it’s a mythological predecessor of McDonald’s greatest success, the Shamrock Shake. Who knows. At the end of the day, Russ is gunning for that Big O triple-double season, and this is just shammtastic:
— NBA (@NBA) December 18, 2016
#2 Mouth To Mouth
Mouthguards are a motif this week with Boogie “inadvertently” spitting his out and being un-ejected from the same game. Steph takes a very different approach. Defying the laws of physics, and dare I say hygiene, the MVP loses his mouthguard mid-dribble and somehow mystifies us with this:
#1 Fat Point Guard
I’ve been screaming the last 10 months that Nikola Jokic is the most underrated player in the league. People are starting to listen. And this week Mike Malone taught us that Jokic used to be a fat point guard as a kid. That explains everything. I’m satisfied. Grab a candy cane because Denver is actually having fun again. Ho ho ho!
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