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NBA 2017-18: Best & Worst of the Christmas Day slate

Yash Matange
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Top showdown's in the NBA on Christmas Day
Top showdown's in the NBA on Christmas Day

Over the past few years, the NBA has made a conscious effort to headline their Christmas Day schedule with only the best of the best. Now, teams like the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers have played the past few seasons despite their lackluster team but that's more to appease the league's fans in the huge market of Los Angeles and New York.

At the same time, the San Antonio Spurs don't always get a Christmas Day game despite being immensely consistent over the past two decades. Yes, you read that right, decades not just years. They faced off against the Chicago Bulls at home last year but were not allotted a game this year.

This is how the schedule looked:

With the results of these games already known, let's have a look at the best and worst of the league's 2017 Christmas Day slate:

Best: The Christmas Day sneakers

James Harden's custom Adidas sneakers for Christmas Day
James Harden's custom Adidas sneakers for Christmas Day (Twitter/Tim MacMahon)

If watch arguably the best basketball of the season on Christmas isn't enough, fans also get a glimpse of some crazy custom sneakers. Almost every player that took the court put on creative and wacky sneakers.

Here's Klay Thompson with his personal colorways of the Anta K3 when he played against the Cleveland Cavaliers:

There are plenty of sneakers to show but Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns takes the prize when it comes to creativity:

Meanwhile, Draymond Green decided to take a friendly shot at LeBron James by donning these sneakers for the Finals rematch.

Different colorways of shoes are one thing but Green's teammate Nick Young went a step ahead:


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