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Santa-stic Swingman is firing up the Dragons

Our Hidden Gem series takes us to rural Northwest Germany this time where William Christmas has emerged as one of the top newcomers in 2. Basketball Bundesliga ProA for Artland Dragons. The 6'5''/195cm swingman is averaging 14 pts, seven rebounds, four assists and two stocks through nine game, hinting at his tremendous versatility. 

On offense, the former Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA II) standout contributes both on and off the ball. He is often used to bring the ball up and initiate the pick-and-roll. His scoring mainly happens at the rim, where he is a quality finisher with either hand who draws fouls on a regular basis. His three-point volume is rather low, but high percentages indicate a solid shot selection. Christmas also excels in transition and is a threat to grab and go after defensive rebounds. 

Defensively, he can guard multiple position due to a rare combination of length, strength and athleticism. He could develop into a true wing stopper. His rebounding is solid. Off the ball, there is ample room for improvement as he loses focus at times and can be caught slipping by backdoor cuts. 

Overall, there is little doubt that ProA Germany competition will continue to be smooth sledding for Christmas before he can target a higher level this upcoming summer. 

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