If we didn't tell you that Griffin wore these kicks on Christmas Day, would you have any idea that this picture was taken on a holiday? The shoes aren't bad -- we actually kind of like them -- but if you're not going to wear holiday-themed shoes, we'd like to see a little bit of creativity, at least.
2012: Pau Gasol, Los Angeles Lakers
At first glance, Gasol's kicks are pretty nice. We like detail on shoes. But closer inspection reveals that there's just a little bit too much going on here, leading to a cluttered look. And the purple socks don't help the cause.
2012: Steve Nash, Los Angeles Lakers
We think someone might have sent Nash the wrong calendar, because this is more of an Easter look than one that's appropriate for Christmas.
2014: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
The LeBron 12 is a really nice shoe overall. This 'Fire and Ice' colorway doesn't really do it for us, though. Like Pau's shoes earlier, there's just too much going on. These are close, but no cigar.
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2014: John Wall, Washington Wizards
The Frankenstein look is kind of cool. But it's definitely not Christmas or winter-related in any sense.
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2013: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets
Howard's socks are amazing. Then you get to the shoes, and everything goes sideways pretty quickly. In a different light and on a different day, these might not be that bad. For Christmas? No thanks.
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2014: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Wade has gone outside the typical sneaker strictures, and his signature kicks reflect an unorthodox sensibility. These are all buzzwords designed to distract from the fact that this shoe is questionable at best.
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2013: Cole Aldrich, New York Knicks
It's as if someone took a cheetah print then messed with the color balance, ending up with something that looks kind of sickly. This is Aldrich rocking his pair, but Stephen Curry also donned a similar shoe. It's safe to say that Curry's signature kicks are a vast improvement.
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2013: Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Pretty stylish, right? But the downside to this perfect winter selection is that we didn't get to see Bryant in action on Christmas in 2013. That's enough to make even the best sneakers shine a little less brightly.
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2013: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
This year's Curry Christmas sneaker is expected to be his colorful 'Northern Lights' colorway, which is a pretty sweet shoe. Just two years ago, though, Curry was rocking these ... interesting kicks. The best we can say about them is they kind of look like snow on a dreary, mud-packed landscape. That's kind of winter-esque, right?