The Brooklyn Nets were able to make it on the nice list this holiday season, despite being awfully bad on a number of occasions. There are a few things that the Nets should wish for this Christmas, with the most important being the ability to hold onto leads.
Brooklyn has a league-leading six losses in games in which they lead by at least 13 points, which gives us a valid reason to give them coal for Christmas. However, there is no denying that the team's 14-12 record saves the day.
The team is currently in second place in the Atlantic division of the Eastern Conference, and they would be the seventh seed in the playoffs if the season ended today. That is not what the organization and fans had in mind at the beginning of the season, but they all had to expect that it would take some time for this team to come together as one.
Another big item on the Nets wish list should be money.
Brooklyn has the second highest team salary in the NBA ($88,257,129), and that number is not going to fluctuate much over the course of the next four seasons. The Nets' may have to consider moving one of their top dollar salaries, with the most logical being the one of Kris Humphries.
Humphries was recently moved back to the bench, and the Nets should consider trading him while he still has value.
The final item that Brooklyn should be asking for this Christmas is better play from Deron Williams moving forward.
The point guard has had his worst season statistically since his second year in the league, which gives the team a cause for concern. A sign that things may be turning around for the Nets star, however, happened on Sunday when the point guard hit two key shots down the stretch to give Brooklyn a much needed win against the 76ers.
Overall, the Nets appear to be in a great position to make a playoff run, and that run will be a lot easier if some of their Christmas wishes do come true.
Stats used in this article were accurate as of 12/24/12.