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 Apr 19, 2022
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Sam Vecenie, a Senior NBA Writer at The Athletic, talks all about basketball. From the NBA, to the NBA Draft, to college hoops and even some high school, Vecenie is has you covered in this show. And some thoughts on movies, too.

Episode Date
NBA Free Agency! Rudy Trade! Kyrie for Russ? More KD Trade Speculation! Brogdon, Brunson, more!
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In this episode, Shamit Dua of Boot Crewe Media joins the show and we do a substantial deep dive into 2022 NBA Free Agency and the offseason. We start with the Rudy Gobert trade. Why we're skeptical for Minnesota, and why it's a great deal for Utah. Then, the Kyrie-for-Russell Westbrook report came from Chris Haynes while recording, so we dove deep into that, explaining why this is the kind of deal that just kind of makes sense for everyone involved given the weird stages of both organizations. Then, we move to the Malcolm Brogdon trade. Then, we go, in order: Portland's free agency moves, the Knicks signing Brunson and Mitchell Robinson, the 76ers having a normal offseason!, Milwaukee's smart moves, the Tyus Jones deal, Golden State's moves, the Raptors bringing back Chris Boucher and Thad Young, the Lakers bringing in JTA, Walker and Brown, the weird Mo Bamba re-signing in Orlando, Marvin Bagley's deal in Detroit, DORT's extension versus Jae'Sean Tate's extension, Malik Monk, Bruce Brown, Ricky Rubio. Finally, we then dive into the rampant Kevin Durant speculation portion of the episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 03, 2022
Bonus Pod: KEVIN DURANT ASKS BROOKLYN NETS FOR TRADE; Fake Trades and Breakdown with Nets beat writer Alex Schiffer
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Alex Schiffer joins Sam Vecenie to break down the massive Brooklyn Nets news that Kevin Durant has asked for a trade. They dive deep into a number of topics, from how this all went down, why it happened, what it all means for KD and Kyrie, and of course, we jump into the fake trade well and try to come up with the best deals for KD. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2022
2022 Early Free Agency Madness in the NBA; Dejounte Murray trade; Jalen Brunson; Kyrie, Harden
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In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Dieter Kurtenbach to break down the 2022 NBA Free Agency period's early beginnings. We chat the Dejounte Murray trade to Atlanta from San Antonio; Jalen Brunson seemingly headed to the Knicks; Kyrie headed back to Brooklyn by opting in; James Harden heading back to Philly by opting out; some John Wall, some Denver and Washington deal. All that and more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2022
2022 NBA Draft Deep Dive! Paolo Banchero at 1! Winners! Thunder! Recapping everything!
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Sam Vecenie and Matt Pennie dive deep and chat 2022 NBA Draft. The first three picks! What team had the best draft? That and much, much more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2022
2022 NBA Draft LIVE SHOW, PART TWO: Matt Pennie and Sam Vecenie break down everything after the lottery with a little intro from Coach Spins
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Sam Vecenie and Matt Pennie dive deep into the 2022 NBA Draft, breaking it all down as it happened live in front of them. This is part two of a two-part episode, where you will get to listen to Matt and I react to the draft as it happened. This is everything that happened post-lottery, with picks 15 to 30. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2022
2022 NBA Draft LIVE SHOW, Part One: Matt Pennie and Sam Vecenie break down the lottery as it surprisingly unfolded on Thursday Night -- with a little Coach Spins mixed in!
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Sam Vecenie and Matt Pennie dive deep into the 2022 NBA Draft, breaking it all down as it happened live in front of them. This is part one of a two-part episode, where the duo breaks down Paolo Banchero's surprising choice at No. 1 overall, Chet Holmgren at No. 2, Jabari Smith at No. 3, and plenty more as the lottery unfolded in a wild manner over the course of the first two hours of the evening. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2022
Jerami Grant Trade! Plus, NBA Offseason Previews: DET, CHI, CLE, IND, MIL, ATL, CHA, MIA, ORL, WAS
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In this episode, James Edwards from The Athletic joins to break down the Jerami Grant deal that saw the Pistons move Grant to the Trail Blazers for a first round pick, some pick swapping and two seconds. Then, they break down the offseasons for the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2022
2022 NBA Draft Betting Props; Answering your BIGGEST draft Questions with a MAILBAG
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In this episode, Sam Vecenie and Matt Pennie dive deep into a number of 2022 NBA Draft props. We run through what's going on with the No. 1 overall pick markets, debate No. 2 and No. 3, then we dive deep into about a dozen Draft Slot Over/Unders for prospects, including AJ Griffin, Tyty Washington, Jalen Duren, Dyson Daniels, Mark Williams, Jeremy Sochan, and many more. Then, we jump into answering YOUR questions, diving into Johnny Davis, Walker Kessler, our favorite prospects, our favorite fits, and plenty more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2022
2022 NBA Mock Draft! The Game Theory boys break down what they would do at each pick
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Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to break down the 2022 NBA Draft. They do a 1 through 30 mock draft, diving deep into each pick! In between the fourth and fifth picks, they break down the Christian Wood trade from Houston to Dallas. And after, they do a quick mailbag with produces Jacob and Zach. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2022
2022 NBA Draft: The Best Fits for Each Lottery Prospect
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Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie on the show and they dive deep into the 2022 NBA Draft Class and its top prospects. Jabari Smith, Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, Jaden Ivey, and plenty others. Instead of talking about the players, they dive into their favorite fits for each of the lottery prospects in the class. We chat about the places a player could end up for peak fun, the way they fit with each roster if it will help idealize their best situation, potential fits with coaching staffs, with styles of play, with players that will help actualize their skill set. We dive into a fun conversation about who fits best where. Then, we finish with a fun mailbag that includes something called Pirate's Booty. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2022
2022 NBA Offseason Previews: Celtics, Nets, Knicks, 76ers, Raptors; plus, NBA Finals!
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In this episode, Fred Katz and Sam dive deep into the 2022 NBA Offseason. We start with 10 minutes on the NBA Finals in Game 2. But then, we go into conversations and big questions that will be raised by each team this offseason. We dive deep into the Atlantic Division here. We start with Boston, then go Brooklyn, the Knicks, the 76ers then the Raptors. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2022
NBA Offseason Previews: Dallas, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, San Antonio, Denver, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Portland. Utah
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In this episode, Danny Leroux and Sam dive deep into the 2022 NBA Offseason. We start with 10 minutes on the NBA Finals. But then, we go into conversations and big questions that will be raised by each team this offseason. We start with the Southwest Division, going in alphabetical order starting with Dallas, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, San Antonio. Then in order, we go through the Northwest Division of Denver, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Portland and Utah. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 05, 2022
2022 NBA DRAFT EARLY ENTRY DECISION DEADLINE: Winners/Losers and Analysis
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In this episode, Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to break down the 2022 NBA Draft and its Early Entry Deadline Decisions. Who made critical decisions that will have ramifications? Who were the winners and losers? We dive deep into Drew Timme, Julian Strawther, Gonzaga, Marcus Sasser and Houston, Michigan, Caleb Houston and Moussa Diabate, NC State with Terquavion Smith and Dereon Seabron, Kansas with Kevin McCullar and Jalen Wilson, Harrison Ingram and Stanford, Trevor Keels and Duke, Trayce Jackson-Davis and Indiana, Justin Lewis and Marquette, Ryan Rollins and Toledo, Josh Minott and Memphis, Aminu Mohammed and Georgetown, and plenty of other big decisions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 02, 2022
2022 NBA Draft: How do the playoffs impact evaluations? Also, Celtics! Post-Combine hype! Mailbag!
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In this episode, Matt Pennie joins the show to discuss a number of different things. First, we start with the Celtics-Heat series for 15 minutes, breaking down that series, the Al Horford renaissance, and more. Then, we move to a discussion of how the NBA playoffs impact NBA Draft evaluations. Should we be considering all of this given how quickly the game changes? How far forward should you be looking? And how does this impact certain prospects like Jalen Duren, Mark Williams, and the top prospects in the 2022 NBA Draft? Then, we go to post-combine takes, and the narratives that seem to be forming. Finally, we close with a long mailbag where we answer an awful lot of great questions from our incredible listeners Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2022
2022 NBA Draft Combine Analysis with Adam Spinella; + Jaden Hardy/AJ Griffin Breakdowns
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The 2022 NBA Draft Combine has come and gone, and it's time to dive into everything that happened in Chicago this week. Adam Spinella from The Box And One joins us to dive into everything we saw this week. What do we actually take away from the combine? What is worthwhile and what isn't? How do we avoid falling into combine traps? Then, who were the winners and losers of Combine week? How Jalen Williams, Terquavion Smith and others took advantage of their opportunity and ran with it. Finally, we chat about two guys that Adam is going against the consensus on. Why he's higher on Jaden Hardy than most, and why he's lower on A.J. Griffin than most. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2022
2022 NBA Draft Lottery: Orlando wins! OKC 2nd, Houston 3rd, SAC 4th; Post-Lottery Mock Draft with Matt Pennie!
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Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to break down the 2022 NBA Draft, now that we finally have a set order and we're ready to go when the event goes down one month from now. The top-four picks will be held by Orlando, Oklahoma City, Houston and Sacramento. What else is there to know? Matt and Sam break it down with a mock draft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2022
Game 7 Blowouts: Celtics over Bucks; An Autopsy of the Unexplainable Suns Disaster vs. the Mavericks
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In this episode of the podcast, Sam is joined by two guests. First, Kane Pitman joins the show to break down the Celtics win over the Bucks. One of the best first round series in a while, the Celtics blew out Milwaukee from the 3-point line. What happened? Then, we do a mini preview of the Heat-Celtics series. Then, Kellan Olson is here, and we dive into a completely baffling Suns blow out loss to the Mavericks, where they looked entirely overmatched from the first moment onward. Is it even explainable what happened here to the NBA's most consistent team? How does Dallas match up with Golden State? And most importantly now for Phoenix, where do the Suns even go from here following that game? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2022
Future of Sports Pt. 2
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In episode two of the Future of Sports series, The Athletic's Mike Smeltz looks at how the team experience may change in the future: increased use of technology in gameplay, robotic umpires and the unique initiatives of a startup sports league. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2022
Future of Sports Pt. 1
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In episode one of the Future of Sports series, The Athletic's Mike Smeltz looks at how the fan experience may change: how going to games, watching games at home and how memorabilia is shifting from physical to digital. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2022
2022 NBA Draft Combine List; How is Giannis Officiated? Is there a Jaden Ivey case at No. 1?
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Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to break down the 2022 NBA Draft Combine Invite list, with Sam going on a rant explaining why the selection process for the combine is flawed and needs to change. But first, we start on Giannis Antetokounmpo, why he's the best player in the league, and why Boston fan Matt is frustrated with how he gets officiated. Then we move to an MVP discussion, and whether or not the playoffs and how the bigs in the MVP race have played changes the discussion as it refers to the 2022 NBA Draft. Finally, we close with a mailbag! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2022
Jokic Wins MVP; 76ers-Heat, Mavs-Suns, Warriors-Grizzlies, Celtics-Bucks; Jaden Ivey
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In this episode, James Edwards from The Athletic joins the show and we chat about the NBA, MVP, and the playoffs. We start with 10 minutes on MVP, which NIkola Jokic reportedly has won. James had a vote, and explained why he voted for Jokic. I explain why the whole conversation this year just bummed me out. Then, we dive into all of the playoff series. We start with 76ers-Heat, then we move to Mavs-Suns, then to Warriors-Grizzlies, then some quick thoughts on Bucks-Celtics (because they play as this podcast is getting released). Finally, I talk to James about Jaden Ivey, and why I love a potential fit with the Pistons and Jaden Ivey if he ends up there on draft night while James has been a bit more skeptical. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2022
WTF Dillon Brooks Foul; Celtics Equal Series; 2022 NBA Draft Leonard Miller Breakdown; Mailbag!
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Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to break down how Bigfoot stole his AirPods at LegoLand, then we discuss the Celtics-Bucks series, Dillon Brooks' WTF foul on Gary Payton II; A deep dive into Leonard Miller from a scouting perspective in the 2022 NBA Draft; then, we do mailbag questions! A packed, fun show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 05, 2022
2022 NBA Mock Draft! Post Early Entry Deadline Edition!
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In this episode, Matt Pennie and Sam Vecenie dive deep into the 2022 NBA Draft with a Mock Draft! See where Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero, Jaden Ivey, Jabari Smith, Shaedon Sharpe, and 25 other players end up! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2022
Celtics sweep Nets! Raptors-76ers Deep Dive; Luka vs. Utah; The Pelicans are good! with Cole Huff
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In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Cole Huff to chat about the NBA playoffs. We start with a deep dive into the Brooklyn Nets and their sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics. Then, we dive into why the Celtics should be considered the favorite right now in the Eastern Conference.  Then, we move to the Raptors-76ers series, and we do a deep dive on that series explaining why the Raptors are in a good position here moving forward despite going down 3-0 and bringing it back to 3-2 with the Sixers set to travel back to Toronto. Then, we move to Utah, where the Jazz are a mess because of their perimeter defense and look unlikely to mount much of a game against Dallas in Game Six based off of what we've seen so far.  Finally we finish on the Pelicans-Suns series. The Pelicans are good! We break down why that is, and why the team is poised to give Phoenix all it can in the next few games with that series at 2-2. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2022
The Celtics are Good at Drafting; Jay Wright Retires; Shaedon Sharpe enters 2022 NBA Draft
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In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Matt Pennie and they dive deep into a number of things. First, they talk about the Boston Celtics-Brooklyn Nets series, some of the factors that have led to Boston taking a 2-0 lead in the series, and then focus specifically on how Boston's success drafting this team has made them the most positive draft story of the 2022 season. The narrative that Danny Ainge couldn't draft should be dead. Then, they move into talking about Jay Wright, a coach with an incredible career whose retirement has brought out so many of the terrible takes that Twitter can bring. Why Jay Wright's retirement doesn't mean that college basketball is dying, and why the transfer portal and NIL rights are GOOD for college basketball. Then, they chat about Shaedon Sharpe, and his NBA Draft situation after he announced that he is declaring for the draft and after media reports announced that he will be in the draft for good. We dive deep into his game, the situation surrounding him, and plenty more. Finally, mailbag! We answer your questions on scouting defense, on if there is another Herb Jones in this class, some of the potential early rotation players who will be drafted later in this class. And plenty, plenty more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2022
Part 2 NBA Playoffs Deep Dive: Anthony Edwards Leap; Memphis-Minnesota? Raps-Sixers; Bud and the Bucks; CP3 God Mode
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The second part of a two-part episode breaking down the NBA playoffs Game 1 action. We chat a lot about Anthony Edwards and the Timberwolves, the Nuggets' lineup struggles against the Warriors, the Grizzlies-Timberwolves super fun series, the Mike Budenholzer experience, and Chris Paul going absolute god mode in Game 1 versus the Pelicans Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2022
PLAYOFF DEEP DIVE PART 1: Anatomy of a Classic -- Celtics defeat Kyrie Irving and the Nets on a Jayson Tatum Buzzer Beater
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In the first part of a two-part Game Theory episode, Sam is joined by Jared Weiss to dive deep into an instant classic: the Celtics beat the Nets on a killer late layup by Jayson Tatum. They outlasted an unbelievable Kyrie Irving performance that included 39 points, six assists, five rebounds, at least four middle fingers to the crowd, and one expletive-filled interaction with a fan.  What do we make of this series moving forward? How does Brooklyn respond? Can Boston keep taking advantage of these mismatches they're getting? Should the Nets try to get Ben Simmons back as early as possible? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 18, 2022
The NBA All-Defense Draft; Play-in Thoughts, and Rookie of the Year Picks with Dave DuFour
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Dave DuFour joins the show, and we run through a quick preview of the play-in games: Cleveland-Brooklyn, Minnesota-Clippers, Hawks-Hornets, Spurs-Pelicans. However, the meat of the show is a deep dive into All-Defense teams. We do that in the most fun way possible: we try to competitively draft All-Defense teams. We try to pick the best All-Defense team possible, and will send it to the listeners: who drafted the best All-Defense team, Dave or Sam? Then, we jump into some stray rookie thoughts, including Rookie of the Year and an explanation as to my pick in the Scottie Barnes versus Evan Mobley conundrum (as well as where Cade Cunningham fits into the mix). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2022
Final Four Deep Dive! New Orleans! Duke-UNC! Coach K's last game! Kansas wins! Draft Declarations!
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Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to discuss the Final Four in New Orleans! We got to hang out! Sam is stuck in the health and safety protocols with a COVID diagnosis in Portland! But more than that, we also got to see a number of awesome games and prospects, including the best matchup I've ever seen in person, the Duke-UNC game that doubled as Coach K's last game. On top of that, Kansas-Villanova played a fun game, then Kansas went on to beat North Carolina to win the national title! All of the prospects including Paolo Banchero, AJ Griffin, Wendell Moore, Mark Williams, Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun, Caleb Love, Armando Bacot and more. Then, we chat about some prospects who recently declared for the 2022 NBA Draft, including Ryan Rollins and others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2022
THE DEFINITIVE 2021-22 NBA MVP BREAKDOWN WITH MATT MOORE
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In this episode, Sam chats with Matt Moore from The Action Network to dive deep into everything NBA MVP as we get into the final week of the season. Is this truly a three-man race between Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid? Could anyone like Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Luka Doncic, or others crash the party? We do a dive on ALL of the candidates, including deep dives on Giannis, Jokic and Embiid. We discuss the candidates in comparison to one another without getting particularly negative on anyone, and we come up with a ballot for each of us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2022
The Final Four is set! Dives into Duke, Kansas, UNC and Villanova's prospects! Chet takes! Jaden Ivey! Elite 8!
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In this episode, Matt Pennie joins the show to break down all of the action we saw this weekend during the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8. Particularly, we focus on the teams who progressed to the Final Four. We talk for 25 minutes about Duke, its prospects, and Coach K. Is Mark Williams a lottery guy? Who is Duke's second-best prospect?  Then we move forward into Kansas, Villanova and North Carolina, and dive deep into some of the players who have had some success over the course of the tournament. We then move toward the Sweet 16 action we saw, including some stuff on Jaden Ivey, Chet Holmgren, Jaylin Williams, and plenty more. Then my internet goes out and we end the podcast early! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2022
NCAA Tournament First Weekend Recap! St Peter's! Chet + Gonzaga! Jabari out! Deep Dive + Lookahead!
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Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to dive DEEP into the first and second rounds of the 2022 NCAA Tournament! We jump in about St. Peter's and how they've found success under Shaheen Holloway, then dive into some draft prospects. Who succeeded and failed in their auditions for NBA teams? Who was the player that helped themselves most? We talk Chet Holmgren and his game against Memphis, Jabari Smith against Miami, Paolo Banchero, Jaden Ivey, Johnny Davis, Benn Mathurin and Arizona, Tennessee and Michigan, Malaki Branham and plenty more. Then, we look forward to the weekend, and what games we're most excited to see this weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2022
The NBA MVP Race is Better Than Ever, and this the BEST season for NBA Stars Playing At a High Level
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This is one of the best NBA seasons ever, and it's because the star power across the league is playing at the highest level imaginable. The league has never been deeper with stars than it is right now. For 20 minutes, Danny Leroux joins the show and we talk about all of the utterly elite performances we're seeing on a nightly basis from Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Giannis, Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker, Steph prior to his injury, LeBron, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luka, Trae Young, Darius Garland, Ja Morant and all of the other amazing players who have continued to step up league wide.  Then, we talk about the MVP race between Jokic, Embiid and Giannis, and finished with some talk about the weird Defensive Player of the Year race, which is littered with injuries from the best candidates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2022
NCAA TOURNAMENT SELECTION SHOW SPECIAL: VECENIE AND PENNIE BREAK DOWN ALL THE REGIONS AND GAMES
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Sam Vecenie and Matt Pennie are here to break down all of the NCAA Tournament Bracket reveal. We run through region by region, breaking down all of the matchups, the NBA prospects, the big picture takeaways, and more from an eventful Sunday in sports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2022
2022 NBA Draft: Who has the most to gain and lose in March Madness? And annoying Chet Holmgren takes
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In this episode, Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie and they talk about eight players who have the most to gain or lose as March Madness gets going. The first of those names is Chet Holmgren, and they start with 20 minutes on the conversation surrounding Chet, including why he's such a monster and why the conversation needs to shift from what he doesn't have to how complete his game is. (0:00-20:00) Then, they chat about Ochai Agbaji, Jaden Ivey, AJ Griffin, TyTy Washington, Tari Eason, Dalen Terry, Alondes Williams and Jake LaRavia. (20:00-42:00 Then, they talk NBA Draft Prospects of the Week: Ryan Rollins at Toledo and Matthew Murrell at Ole Miss. (42:00-50:00). Then, they answer mailbag questions (50:00-1:00:00). Finally they close with 15 minutes on The Batman, a fantastic new entry into the series of Batman films from Matt Reeves (1:00:00-end). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2022
2022 NBA Draft: A Pre-March Madness Mailbag from Pennie and Vecenie, answering YOUR DRAFT QUESTIONS
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In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Matt Pennie to answer questions regarding the 2022 NBA Draft as we head into March Madness. We start by addressing the MANY rumors that he is a candidate to take over as head coach at his alma mater, UMass. Then we actually dive into draft questions. We address weaknesses that the top pick candidates have in 2022, the best teams to watch in the NCAA Tournament for NBA fans, the players most likely to spike up the board come March Madness. In all, I think we answered over 30 questions in 90 minutes, so we covered a lot of ground! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2022
How to be a fan of a rebuilding NBA team, and how to keep those fans engaged with Andrew Schlecht
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Andrew Schlecht joins the podcast, and we discuss a fun topic today: how do NBA teams keep fans engaged when the team is tanking? On top of that, how do you be a fan of a rebuilding team? The Oklahoma City Thunder have done a great job of both this season, featuring in the top half of all NBA teams in local TV ratings while also putting a fun, exciting product on the floor while losing, so Schlecht joins the show to break down what they've done right. On top of it, we then create a to-do list for all teams and fans for how to create an exciting tanking situation that keeps everyone enthusiastic about the product. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 06, 2022
POST ALL-STAR BOLD PREDICTIONS IN THE WEST: Zion! Jazz in the Playoffs?; Lakers still have a shot? with Tony Jones
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Tony Jones joins the show with Sam Vecenie to give some fun bold predictions for the rest of the 2022 NBA season in the Western Conference! This is the second part of a two-part episode. The Eastern Conference with Dave DuFour came earlier in the week. In this episode, Sam and Dave bounce back hot takes about the way the rest of the Western Conference season will go. Will the Pelicans get Zion Williamson answers? Can the Lakers do anything to end the season? Will Mikal Bridges win Defensive Player of the Year? Will the Jazz have playoff success? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 27, 2022
2022 NBA Mock Draft, V. 2.0: Game Theory Podcast Deep Dive with Matt Pennie! 30 picks!
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Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie in this episode to mock the 2022 NBA Draft by doing a mock draft. At first, we dive deep on the depth of the 2022 draft, breaking down the class as a whole. Then, we make 30 picks. All of the first round. It's fun! See where Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith, Jaden Ivey, and plenty more end up! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2022
POST ALL-STAR BOLD PREDICTIONS IN THE EAST; Giannis for MVP? Chicago out early? Celtics playoff run? DeMar for HOF?!
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Dave DuFour joins the show with Sam Vecenie to give some fun bold predictions for the rest of the 2022 NBA season in the Eastern Conference! This is the first part of a two-part episode, with the second part coming on Wednesday on the Western Conference.  In this episode, Sam and Dave bounce back hot takes about the way the rest of the Eastern Conference season will go. Giannis for MVP? Chicago out in the playoffs early? DeMar DeRozan makes the Hall of Fame on the back of this season? The Cavaliers fall to the play-in tournament? Or the Cavaliers rise to the No. 1 seed? Boston makes a run and wins two playoff series? All those takes and more, including a random aside on Nikola Jokic and his elite play so far. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2022
2022 NBA Draft Post Super Bowl Re-Set: 21 Questions on where the 2022 Draft Stands, AKA A Tanking Team's Guide to the Draft
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In this episode, Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to break down the 2022 NBA Draft by answering 21 Questions to re-set the process as we get beyond the Super Bowl and basketball starts to take center stage in the consciousness. 1. What is your overall thought on the 2022 NBA Draft as we get past the Super Bowl and into the part of the year where everything starts to focus on basketball? 2. Who are the contenders for the No. 1 overall pick? 3. Chet Holmgren is dominating. Do we chalk this up to playing in the WCC or genuine improvement throughout the year? 4. Paolo Banchero has slowed down just a bit from his early dominance, averaging 14.9 points on 14.9 shots per game over his last seven. Is he still a candidate? 5. What makes Jabari Smith such an elite prospect? 6. Whether or not you agree, scouts generally have Jaden Ivey as the clear top guard prospect. Do you think Purdue's scheme holds him back in terms of production and efficiency, or do you think believe that he's just a bit limited skill wise? 7. Who has been the clear breakout prospect of the 2022 NBA Draft cycle? 8. Shaedon Sharpe is the 2022 NBA Draft cycle wild card. Where would he be ranked if he enters this process? 9. The G League Ignite has a group of players this year that could end up being draft picks. Who is the best of that group, and is this a particularly interesting crop of players? 10. Can we expect much from the international class this year? 11. Overtime Elite: How is the first year going, and are there interesting prospects there? 12. How deep do we believe the 2022 NBA Draft is? 13. In that vein, it seems like there is a bizarre mix this year of players who are upperclassmen and more ready to play but with lower upsides, and freshmen who are high-upside but total wild cards. What do scouts do with this? 14. What do players do with this? Should these players who aren't actually ready for the NBA try to learn on the job as pros? What kind of risk factor do they have? 15. Who do you see as being the player that is being undervalued right now? Is there a potential lottery guy hiding in plain sight? 16. For a non-college basketball fan, which teams could they tune into in order to learn the most about this class? Are there teams that play enough of an interesting schedule, or have enough interesting prospects to make such a viewing experience worthwhile? 17. Heading into the NCAA Tournament and conference touranmetns, what players do you think can really emerge, given there is SO MUCH opportunity for such emergences? 18. Mailbag question 19. Mailbag question 20. Mailbag question 21. Have you watched any movies/TV shows this week? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2022
SUPERSIZED NBA TRADE DEADLINE SHOW! Harden-Simmons Happens! Porzingis to WAS! White to BOS! All the deals!
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Sam Vecenie is joined by a pair of awesome guests to break down one of the most action-packed NBA Trade Deadlines in recent memory. First, Michael Levin of The Rights to Ricky Sanchez and TV writer fame joins to break down the Ben Simmons-James Harden deal, the biggest midseason trade that has happened in the NBA in a long time.  Then, Mo Dakhil joins to break down the rest of the NBA Trade Deadline. We chat Simmons-Harden for a bit at the top, then move to the Kristaps Porzingis move, the Derrick White trade to Boston, the four-teamer involving Donte Divincenzo and Marvin Bagley, the Thad Young-Goran Dragic deal and everything else that occurred -- or in the Lakers case, did not occur -- on a wild deadline day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 13, 2022
Haliburton-Sabonis trade; McCollum deal; LeVert deal; CHET HOLMGREN BREAKOUT; NBA Draft Centers, and POTWs
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In this episode, Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to dive deep into the trades that have occurred in the NBA thus far at the deadline. They start with the Tyrese Haliburton for Domantas Sabonis deal. They talk a lot about the Kings, and what exactly their plan is here. Then they move to the McCollum deal, one that seems almost impossible to evaluate without knowing the context of where Zion Williamson is in his recovery. Finally, they talk Levert, and he figures to help Cleveland. Then they move to Chet Holmgren, and discuss how the Gonzaga center has upended the Race for No. 1 in our weekly segment. They get into the center crop of Walker Kessler, Mark Williams and Christian Koloko next, wondering if the two of us are collectively underrating that trio given their relatively high floors. Finally, they move to Prospects of the Week, and some final Oscars nominations talk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2022
James Harden/Ben Simmons deal still have a shot? Powell/Covington for Bledsoe/Winslow/Johnson deal analysis; Wizards and Lakers are a mess
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Sam Vecenie is joined by The Athletic contributor and pro basketball player Cole Huff to run through some things within the NBA. They start on the Norman Powell/Robert Covington/Keon Johnson deal briefly, then they move to the Wizards being kind of a mess. Should Bradley Beal ask out? What should the team do at the deadline? They then chat about 76ers and the Nets potentially talking again about a Ben Simmons-James Harden swap, they give a fake trade that might make some sense, then discuss whether or not such a trade makes sense. How would Simmons and Harden fit in their respective situations? Then they chat about the Lakers, and they finish on some of their favorite players to watch right now league-wide -- including a discussion on guards Darius Garland and Jalen Brunson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2022
NBA Draft Episode! Best Guard in the 2022 class, Ivey or Davis? Race for No. 1; Rising Freshmen; Mailbag and Prospects of the Week
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In this episode, Matt Pennie is here and Sam is sick with vaccine side effects! They trudge through anyway, diving deep on a few topics. First, they break down the race to be the first guard selected in the 2022 NBA Draft. Is it Wisconsin's Johnny Davis, or Purdue's Jaden Ivey? Then, we move to the race to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. We recap Jabari Smith, Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren's weeks, or look forward to what they have coming up. We move on to a group of freshmen that have stood out in recent weeks, including Peyton Watson, Max Christie, Jeremy Sochan, AJ Griffin and Josh Minott.  Finally, we close on mailbag questions, which were awesome this week. And on our Game Theory Prospects of the Week, Justin Lewis from Marquette and DaRon Holmes from Dayton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2022
NBA All-Star Starters Named! NBA All-Star Reserves Picks! Kings Out on Simmons? With James Edwards
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James Edwards from The Athletic joins the show! We break down a few items from the NBA Trade Deadline market, including the Kings apparently being out on Ben Simmons and the Pacers setting a hilarious Caris LeVert price tag, per reports.  Then, we chat about the All-Star teams. We break down the All-Star starters that were named in the East and West last night, including the Andrew Wiggins inclusion. Then, we make our picks for All-Star reserves, including what is an absolute bloodbath in the East and a pretty straight forward choice in the West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2022
Ben Simmons/James Harden Idea? Chris Mack Out at Louisville; NBA Draft News/Notes on Shaedon Sharpe, Auburn, OTE, G League Ignite
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In this episode, Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to run through a million things. First, we start with the Ben Simmons/James Harden rumors that have percolated in the last 24 hours. Then, we move to the Shaedon Sharpe report, and what makes him such an interesting prospect for the 2022 NBA Draft if he is eligible and decides to go down that route.  Then we talk #PennieFieldTrip, where this weekend Pennie went to Auburn-Kentucky, a G League Ignite game, and an OTE game. We break down Walker Kessler, Jabari Smith, the Auburn crowd, Jaden Hardy, Dyson Daniels, MarJon Beauchamp, Michael Foster, the OTE experience, Jean Montero, Dom Barlow and more.  We close with mailbag questions and our two Game Theory Prospects of the week, Isiaih Mosley from Missouri State and Colby Jones from Xavier. Then we talk "Random Movies Sam sees on TV while searching for Australian Sports." We close on Yellowjackets for a 10-minute, spoiler-ridden conversation that goes from 1:35:00 to 1:48:00. Then a late breaking addition to the pod comes at the end, when they talk Chris Mack and Louisville consciously uncoupling, per a report from The Athletic's Seth Davis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2022
NBA Trade Deadline: 11 players who will shape deadline, w/ Ben Simmons, Grant, Gordon, THT, Turner
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The Athletic's Jared Weiss joins Sam Vecenie to talk about the NBA Trade Deadline, giving a deep dive on where the market stands by talking about the teams and players that will shape this season's event. We dive deep into the following players: Ben Simmons, Myles Turner, Caris LeVert, Jerami Grant, Eric Gordon , Marcus Smart, Talen Horton Tucker, Buddy Hield, Robert Covington, Joe Ingles, and Kenrich Williams as a stand-in for all of the guys under the radar who could help teams. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 23, 2022
College Basketball Draft: Making teams out of the best players in CBB to win a game tomorrow; Mailbag, Prospects
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In this episode, Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie where they draft college hoops. Particularly, if you had to win a game tomorrow, who would you pick in college hoops? We dive deep, and select eight players each that we would use to fill out a lineup and bench. Team Pennie vs. Team Vecenie: Who You Got? Also, we do a mailbag section with questions on Christian Braun, most shocking NBA Draft picks we can remember, the player ranked in the 20s most likely to become a lottery pick, and the worst movie we've seen. Also, Game Theory Prospects of the Week: Mark Williams from Duke, and Iverson Molinar from Mississippi State. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2022
2022 NBA Draft Mock Draft, 2.0: Sam Vecenie and Matt Pennie Deep Dive on the Top-30 Prospects in the Class
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It's that time of the month! It's Mock Draft SZN. In this episode, Matt Pennie and Sam Vecenie trade off picks, deep diving into the 2022 NBA Draft. We deep dive into players like Jabari Smith, Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, Jaden Ivey, Johnny Davis, Keegan Murray, TyTy Washington, Blake Wesley, Ochai Agbaji, Dyson Daniels, Jaden Hardy, and plenty others as we run through 30 picks over two hours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2022
MIDSEASON NBA AWARDS: Game Theory Podcast hands out MVP, DPOY, COY, All-NBA, others with Fred Katz
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Fred Katz joins Sam Vecenie to hand out some Game Theory midseason NBA hardware! Fred joins and we run give out our ballots for MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved, and Sixth Man of the Year, while also doing All-NBA and All-Defense at the end. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2022
2019 NBA Draft Re-Draft! Former Bucks exec Seth Partnow joins to break down how the 2019 draft SHOULd have gone down
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Seth Partnow joins Sam Vecenie to re-draft the 2019 NBA Draft! Should Ja Morant have gone No. 1 overall, or Zion Williamson? Is Darius Garland a future all-star? Tyler Herro or Jordan Poole? R.J. Barrett or De'Andre Hunter? How has this draft gone so poorly in terms of providing value thus far? What happened? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2022
NBA Rookies; Evan Mobley! Scottie Barnes! Franz! Cade! Plus, Mailbag and Prospects of the Week! with Matt Pennie
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Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie on the show this week to break down the NBA's rookie class at the midway point of the 2021-22 NBA season. They start with asking the simple question: who has been the best rookie in the 2021-22 NBA rookie class? They talk Evan Mobley, Scottie Barnes, Jalen Green, Jalen Suggs, Cade Cunningham, Franz Wagner, Josh Giddey and plenty more. Then, they answer mailbag questions, including ones on Keegan Murray and EJ Liddell, Johnny Davis and the best prospect games we've seen this year, and freshmen who are having a tough season. Finally, they recognize prospects of the week, Dereon Seabron and Kellan Grady. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2022
The Celtics are a mess; Who is the best wing in the 2022 NBA Draft?; Prospects of the Week; Mailbag with Matt Pennie
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In this episode, Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie after a stint in the health and safety protocols. First, they spend 20 minutes chatting about the Boston Celtics. Why are they a mess? What can they do to fix it? How should they go about building this roster long-term? Then, they move to 2022 NBA Draft Wings. First, they break down who they believe to be the top wing in the 2022 NBA Draft, a conversation about Arizona's Benn Mathurin and Baylor's Kendall Brown. Next, they break down a bunch of other wings, including Johnny Davis, AJ Griffin, Ochai Agbaji, MarJon Beauchamp, Trevor Keels, Blake Wesley, Bryce McGowens and Max Christie, Peyton Watson, Caleb Houstan, Harrison Ingram, and more. They close with the Game Theory Prospects of the Week, Aminu Mohammed and Tari Eason; And finally, with draft mailbag questions, including stuff on the Cleveland Cavaliers vs the Memphis Grizzlies; Jonathan Kuminga; and Analytics in Draft Analysis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2021
FUN Cavs and Grizzlies! Ben Simmons Fake Trades; NBA Draft with Kyle Mann of The Ringer!
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Kyle Mann from The Ringer joins Sam Vecenie to chat about the NBA. We start by talking about the craziest fanbases and explain why we think fans have such an attachment to the subject that Kyle and I hold near and dear to our heart: young players. Then, I pitch him my two favorite Ben Simmons trade ideas. Then we actually get to the point of what we wanted to talk about after 25 minutes. We chat about NBA teams that have given us joy this season. Particularly, we end up spending a lot of time talking about the Cavaliers, who have been incredible, and the Grizzlies, who are so fun even without Ja Morant. Then we close with a little bit of NBA Draft talk, including some thoughts on Kyle's beloved Kentucky Wildcats and TyTy Washington, as well as some stuff on the first overall pick race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 25, 2021
A Christmas Mailbag! How does the top-four in 2022 compare to 2021's top-four? Johnny Davis! Jalen Duren! All that and more!
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With Matt Pennie out due to family obligations for the holidays, Sam Vecenie is here for a solo mailbag episode to answer some of your questions about the 2022 NBA Draft. The listeners asked great questions, including:  -How does the top-four in the 2022 NBA Draft compare to 2021's top-four?  -How does Jalen Duren compare to other lottery big guys? -How good is Johnny Davis and where is he ranked? -Who is the best guard defender in the class?  -What to do with the Detroit Pistons? And many more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2021
2022 NBA Draft: Where have all the lead guards gone? With Matt Pennie; Also, Draft Mailbag and Prospects of the Week!
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Matt Pennie and Sam Vecenie's weekly draft episode, where this week they explore the simple question: Where have all the lead guards gone in the 2022 NBA Draft? Why is this group of lead guards so bad compared to past drafts? We dive deep on Alabama's JD Davison, Tennessee's Kennedy Chandler, and Kentucky's TyTy Washington.  Then, we move to mailbag questions. How often do the two of us look at Draft Twitter? Where would Emoni Bates be taken in the 2022 NBA Draft? How would we rank the Arizona prospects: Bennedict Mathurin, Christian Koloko, Azuolas Tubelis and Dalen Terry?  Finally, we finish with our Game Theory NBA Draft Prospects of the Week. Pennie's is Terrence Shannon Jr from Texas Tech, and Sam's is Pete Nance from Northwestern. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 18, 2021
NBA Trade Season Preview: Ben Simmons, The Celtics, Jazz, Jerami Grant, Pacers, and more w/ Dave DuFour
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Dave DuFour from The Athletic is here, and we preview the NBA's impending trade period. Who could be on the move? We start with the Danny Ainge news, that he's taking over the Jazz' front office. Then, we break down the Celtics situation and explain why the Jaylen Brown trade rumors are silly; we move into Ben Simmons discussions, and Sam gives a couple of interesting potential trade constructions there; we chat Jerami Grant and the Pistons; Cam Reddish and the Hawks; some weird Pacers constructions; and way more. Also, go subscribe to the Game Theory YouTube page! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2021
2022 NBA Draft: The Race for the No. 1 pick (Breakdowns on Banchero, Holmgren, Smith, Ivey)
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This week's draft episode is a deep dive into the top-four prospects in the class: Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, Jabari Smith and Jaden Ivey. We also debut a new mailbag segment, and name prospects of the week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2021
Lakers Deep Dive on their weird start; Pacers willing to tear down roster with trades? with Jovan Buha
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In this episode, Jovan Buha of The Athletic joins the show. We start with 20 minutes on the Pacers, following a report that the team is finally willing to look into trading some of its core players including Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner. We take a look at few trade constructions and situations that could make sense. Then, we move to the Lakers. What a weird Lakers season so far. Jovan and I dive deep into everything we've seen from Los Angeles thus far, including the Russell Westbrook fit, the lack of continuity lineup wise due to absences, the defensive issues on the perimeter, and the question of Frank Vogel as coach. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2021
The Trail Blazers are a mess, just like the West; Western Conference Buy/Sell/Hold with Danny Leroux
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In this episode, Danny Leroux and I dive deep into the Portland Trail Blazers, discussing what in the world that organization is doing following what has undeniably been a messy start to the season. Do they try to shake things up with some moves, or do they stick with the status quo given that the Western Conference is a mess and Damian Lillard hasn't even gotten going yet? Then, Danny and I chat about the rest of the Western Conference, with special focus on the middle teams. We play a little game of Buy/Sell/Hold teams in the West, including the Lakers, Nuggets, Timberwolves, Mavericks, Clippers, Grizzlies, Spurs, and Trail Blazers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2021
Michael Porter Jr. Surgery; Warriors and Suns are DOMINANT; I love the Timberwolves w/ Anthony Slater
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A full episode of the Game Theory Podcast! Anthony Slater from The Athletic joins, and we break down Michael Porter Jr.'s third back surgery and how it affects the Nuggets. Brook Lopez' back surgery and how it affects the Bucks. Bam Adebayo's thumb surgery and whether or not the Heat should be worried about the play-in. Then, we get into the meat of the episode, and break down the two best teams in the NBA, the Warriors and Suns. We spend time waxing poetically about Deandre Ayton and the Suns' defense. Then, we chat about the Warriors, the impending return of Klay Thompson, the weird situation surrounding James Wiseman, and more. We also close on the Timberwolves, where I make a bold prediction regarding the team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2021
Is Scoot Henderson the best prospect in the world? Emoni Bates/Memphis early struggles; Gonzaga-Duke; more
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Matt Pennie joins Sam to run through some important questions about prospects, including the Scoot Henderson breakout; the Gonzaga-Duke game from over the long weekend; and Emoni Bates' struggles early in the season. We also run through the other G League Ignite prospects, including Jaden Hardy, Dyson Daniels, MarJon Beacuhamp, and Michael Foster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2021
NBA Draft Fact or Fiction with Matt Pennie; Kendall Brown, Jaden Ivey, No. 1 overall pick contenders, and more
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Matt Pennie is here with Sam to talk a little NBA Draft. We each pose four Fact or Fiction-style questions to each other without any prep, and dive deep into the NBA Draft. Your eight statements that are decided upon in terms of fact/fiction -This is the best start to a college basketball season in the last decade -Jaden Ivey has solidified himself as a top-five pick in the 2022 NBA Draft -Kendall Brown has solidified himself as a top-8 guy in the 2022 NBA Draft -Max Christie is the first Michigan prospect taken in the 2022 NBA Draft -Tyrese Hunter is a better prospect than Kennedy Chandler -The 2022 NBA Draft Class has the worst lead guard crop since the 2015 NBA Draft -Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren are the only two players that have a real shot to go No 1 overall -Chet Holmgren is not the only 2022 first round pick on the Gonzaga Bulldogs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2021
21 Questions with Dave DuFour, including Steph, the Warriors, Nets, Suns, Wizards, first-time All-NBA guys, DeMar DeRozan, Tyrese Maxey and much more!
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The 21 Questions Covered: Are the Golden State Warriors the NBA title favorites?  Fact or fiction? From the mid-point of last year onward, Stephen Curry has been the best player in the NBA It seems like there is a consistent outrage economy right now surrounding the Brooklyn Nets. The Brooklyn Nets are also 11-5, and currently tied for the first place in the Eastern Conference. How do we feel about the Nets right now, and do we think something is off or that they're fine? The Phoenix Suns are on a 10-game winning streak and look like a buzzsaw again because of Chris Paul. Are we ever going to see someone like Paul again? A small point who lasts into his late 30s and dominates games in this way.  How are the Washington Wizards doing this?  Which team of the following are you most panicked about? Milwaukee, Boston, Atlanta We're about one-fifth of the way through the season. Who is the team that decides at the deadline that it's time to break up some of their core and make a big trade that acts more as a "seller." Okay, the obligatory three minutes that every podcast must do on Ben Simmons. It feels like this thing goes through cycles of pressure, and that the pressure has been ratcheted down again. A deal isn't close now, but do we think Simmons finishes the season as a Sixer, and what is a potential move that actually makes sense? But speaking of Simmons, the 76ers have a burgeoning star right now in Tyrese Maxey. How has Maxey gone about making this leap into looking like the point guard of the future for the 76ers? The closest team to you for the last couple of years has been San Antonio, so you've gotten a close look at DeMar DeRozan when everyone seemed to tune the Spurs out. Do we think that like, people just weren't watching how good he was last year? Why do people seem to be surprised that he's been as great as he's been in Chicago? The hardest team for me to figure out in the NBA right now is the Dallas Mavericks. They are 9-5. Ostensibly, they're winning games. They are also below the league average in both offense and defense, have a negative point differential, and Luka Doncic hasn't quite worked his way back into the peak of his powers. Are you buying or selling the Mavericks long-term? The Clippers are 9-6 and holding steady without Kawhi. Is there a more important player to his team in the NBA right now than Paul George? Who is the most fun team in the NBA, and why is it the Memphis Grizzlies? Who is the least fun team in the NBA right now, and why is it the New Orleans Pelicans?  Every season since 1991, there have been at least two players who have never made the All-NBA team make the team for the first time. Who are your picks for those two players this year? Every year since 2006, there has been at least one new player to make the All-Defense team int he NBA. Who is your pick among players that have never made All-Defense?  The Lakers are 25th in offensive rating, and are only 8-8 despite playing the fifth-easiest schedule thus far in the league. Do we think the problems expand beyond "no LeBron James" for the Lakers, or is it just a matter of getting him back and starting to roll? The Nuggets have no Michael Porter Jr. and no Jamal Murray. They are shooting 30 percent from 3. How in the world does this team still have a winning record?  How do we think the Neil Olshey inquiry ends following the "fair and independent review" of the workplace environment that he has fostered since running the Trail Blazers? The Cavs are starting to come back down to earth with losses to Boston, Brooklyn and Golden State. Do you believe it's important for them to compete this year, or is it fine if they are still a year away given that they seem to have found the actual organizational centerpiece in Evan Mobley?  Have you accepted Pokuism, the belief that Aleksej Pokusevski is your basketball lord and savior? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2021
2022 NBA Mock Draft Back-and-Forth, 1.0 with Matt Pennie: The Week One Podcast that will make us look real dumb!
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It's back! Pennie and Vecenie go back and forth, doing a deep dive on the 2022 NBA Draft, Mock Draft style, making picks out to No. 30 back and forth in an exercise that will almost assuredly make us look dumb as soon as next week, given this draft class. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2021
NBA Draft Champions' Classic Deep Dive: Paolo Banchero, Trevor Keels and Ochai Agbaji impress as Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Michigan State face off
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Matt Pennie is here to record a first reaction episode to the Champions' Classic on the NBA Draft. We dive into Paolo Banchero, Trevor Keels and Ochai Agbaji as well as all of the many other prospects who played on Tuesday in the opener. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2021
21 Questions Previewing the College Basketball Season w/ Rob Dauster
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Rob Dauster joins to run through everything you need to know about the 2021-22 college basketball season, 21 Questions style. College basketball is older than it's been in years due to the decision to grant an extra year of eligibility. Does that mean we think the quality will be better? What is your favorite preseason bet on winning the national title? Who is your national player of the Year pick? Do we buy the Gonzaga hype?  ACC: This is Coach K's farewell season. Will you miss him? And do we think this Duke team has a chance to actually win the title given that they are ranked top-five in the preseason? ACC: Is the ACC kind of down this year? I have no first round prospects in the ACC right now outside of Duke. Duke is the only top-20 KenPom team at 10.  Big East: Are we sure that Villanova is by far the favorite? Who is the No. 2 team in the Big East?  Big Ten: The Big 10 is definitely the best league, right? Michigan, Illinois, Purdue and Ohio State look loaded. Maryland and Michigan State are talented. Big Ten: Kofi Cockburn, Trevion Williams, Hunter Dickinson, EJ Liddell, Trayce Jackson Davis, Zach Edey, even Keegan Murray to an extent. Can you remember the last time a league had this many great bigs? Big 12: Am I missing something on Kansas? Big 12: this race feels totally open to me. This is not just a Kansas walkover right?  Pac-12: UCLA went to the Final Four, returned all of its top-10 rotation players, and brought in Myles Johnson and Peyton Watson? Do we think they're the Final Four team that got hot late, or more the early season team that struggled last year? Pac-12: This is a weird league. Do we buy Arizona coming back to relevance? Can Oregon's transfers coalesce? USC without Evan Mobley? Colorado is a top-40 team without McKinley Wright? Is the SEC the deepest league? It feels like the most talented, athletic league to me across the board.  How weird is this Kentucky team?  AAC: Houston and Memphis are considered the two best teams in the league in the preseason. Which one do you like better? Anything teams you're looking forward to seeing? MWC, A10, MVC, rest of WCC: Who is the best team in these leagues? Best mid/low-major team?  Who is the most underrated team in the country?  Who will win the national title? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2021
Sarver Report and other news; Breaking down the NBA's sophomore class with Matt Pennie
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Pennie and Vecenie are here, and we chat about the second-year players across the NBA. First though, we do a little news recap including the Robert Sarver report, the Celtics team meeting, and some rookie scale options being declined. We run through Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, James Wiseman, Pat Williams, Tyrese Haliburton, the Pistons' guys, Desmond Bane, Cole Anthony, and plenty others. On top of that, when we dive into Precious Achiuwa, I make sure to spend some time on the Raptors given that the previous 21 Questions podcast was only 20 questions because I missed one on the Raps. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2021
21 Questions with Nekias Duncan, including the Heat, the Bulls, fouls, the Celtics, Evan Mobley, Zion, and plenty more
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Nekias Duncan from The Dunker Spot and Basketball News is here to dive into what we've seen from the NBA thus far. Questions on the Bulls, the Heat, Evan Mobley, the Celtics, Zion and plenty more. Full list below: Is the Miami Heat the best team in the NBA? I think they're the best, most complete team I've seen this year.  We definitely trust Jimmy, Bam and Kyle at this point. But do we think that this Tyler Herro two-week star turn is real? The Chicago Bulls are the other team I've probably enjoyed watching most this year in the East. Do you believe in the Bulls yet, and how much does the Pat Williams injury hurt them? DeMar DeRozan: closer to the Hall of Fame than we think? My case: by the end of the year, DeRozan will likely be right around No. 55 all-time in scoring. At the end of next year if he averages 20 points per night, he'll be around No. 43. All of the top-48 scorers all time are in the HOF?  Boston might be a mess. What the hell is happening with the Celtics on both ends of the floor, where they don't look good in any regard? What do you think of foul calls league-wide? Are you a fan of fewer fouls being called on shots? Is there room for improvement?  Speaking of the fouling thing, do we think the narrative that some players have been affected by the new interpretation of the rules is true? For example, do we believe that James Harden is more just working his way back into shape, or do we think he's actually playing at a less elite level due to officiating? Who is your favorite league pass team so far? You don't really watch a ton of college basketball, but you've now seen this rookie class for a couple of weeks. How excited are you about Evan Mobley literally transforming Cleveland's defense? The Hawks are taking more midrange jumpers than any other team in the NBA, and fewer above-the-break 3s than any team other than Phoenix or Chicago. How worried are we about the Nate McMillan era in its first full season? Up until last night against Toronto, the Knicks have been running some sweet, sweet halfcourt offense. They were literally first in the NBA in points per possession out of halfcourt, per Synergy, at 1.033. Do we trust this to hold up? Toronto is 5-3 after a road win against the Knicks. Do we trust Toronto's weird mix of guys between 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-10 who can sort of, kind of shoot to continue generating efficient halfcourt offense by running and taking 3s? Draymond Green has looked incredible to start the season. Are we sure he shouldn't have made the NBA 75?  Portland's defense is statistically fine but it feels a bit noisy based off of shot quality being strong for opposition. Do we think they can actually turn it around or is this the end of this core's run? The Pacers finally got a second win last night, and Caris LeVert helped them look much better. But do we think the Pacers are the most likely team to shake things up a bit pre-deadline?  How worried are you about the entirety of the Zion Williamson situation? If you were ranking players on the Lakers in terms of importance, how high would Austin Reaves rank? In other words, how worried are you about the way the depth veteran signings have played outside of Carmelo?  The Jazz are averaging the second-fewest passes per possession right now. Two years ago, they were in the top-third of the league. Despite very little personnel change overall, do you think this style of play is more sustainable for them as they try to move toward playoff success? The Wizards are winning with depth. Kyle Kuzma has been good. KCP has been good. Spencer Dinwiddie and Montrezl Harrell have given them more offensive firepower. Are we at the point where we buy the Wizards as a playoff team?  Small sample size theatre: which top-10 defense do we buy most so far: Minnesota, Chicago, or Dallas? The all-important No. 1 question comes last: Have you accepted Aleksej Pokusevski as the basketball lord and savior? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2021
NBA Rookie Report One Week into their Careers with Matt Pennie
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Matt Pennie joins Sam to break down the first week we've seen from the NBA's rookies so far. Special attention to Evan Mobley, Scottie Barnes, Jalen Green, Jalen Suggs, Franz Wagner, Chris Duarte, Josh Giddey and Davion Mitchell. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2021
NBA's first week through the eyes of its title contenders with Tony Jones
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Tony Jones from The Athletic is here, we run through the NBA's first week by breaking down its contenders and more. We dive in by discussing some of the weaknesses the league has shown so far. We start with Brooklyn, then go to the Lakers. Then, we move to the East and run through Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Atlanta (not Miami just because I haven't seen them yet). Then we run through Utah, Denver, Phoenix, the Clippers, the Mavs, and the hit on plenty of other teams throughout. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2021
21 Questions with Danny Leroux, jumping around the NBA's opening games
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Danny Leroux joins for a new style of episode jumping around the NBA to talk about the NBA's first games, including Giannis, the Mavericks, the Hawks, and plenty other topics. The goal here is to do a show where we can talk about a lot of things within an hour and have fun doing so. We spend approximately three minutes on each question, and they include: -what team disappointed you most with their opener? -What team surprised you most? -If Giannis learned how to shoot pull-ups like he showed confidence with in the opener, how drastically does that alter the MVP/best player in the world discussion? -Did the Suns make the right or wrong call not extending DeAndre Ayton? -Is Anthony Edwards the most fun player in the NBA? -Kings! I think my pick for first time all-star in the west this year is De’Aaron Fox in a wild card slot. Are you as high on Fox as I am? -Can Eric Bledsoe sustain in a Bruce Brown-like role from last year?  -The Spurs were really fun against the Magic. Who is your favorite young guy on the Spurs? -How long does this three-big experiment last for the Cavaliers?  -Can Will Barton bring the Nuggets jusssstttttt enough offense to keep the perimeter play afloat while Jamal Murray is out for them to sustain as a 50-win team? -Robert Williams looks great for the Celtics. Is there a chance we look back at that deal as a legitimate steal for Boston? -the pacers tossed up 3s on 53% of their shots. They lost to the Hornets in the opener, but are you more bullish on them just based on process? -Are the Blazers a six-deep team, or do we trust Simons/Little/Snell once he gets back? -are you a believer in Pokuism, the acceptance of Aleksej Pokusevski as your basketball savior? And others! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 23, 2021
NBA Opening Night! Warriors-Lakers and Nets-Bucks breakdown; Rookie Extension Breakdown on Ayton, Jaren Jackson, Bridges, Huerter with Cole Huff
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It's Opening Night in the NBA! I chatted with Cole Huff from The Athletic about Warriors-Lakers and Bucks-Nets. We saw tonight that continuity matters. But, are we worried about Russell Westbrook? Do we just stay the course with the Lakers? Why Anthony Davis looks awesome. What did we think of the Warriors tonight? Then, we chat about the Bucks. Jordan Nwora looks great, Jrue Holiday looks great, and Giannis looks like he's going to destroy worlds. On top of it, the Nets are also just going to take some time but Kevin Durant remains incredible. We finish on rookie extensions. We chat about the Deandre Ayton lack of extension, followed by some thoughts on Jaren Jackson Jr., Mikal Bridges, and Kevin Huerter. Finally, Marvin Bagley III's reps threw down the gauntlet on the Kings. Some thoughts on his career so far and where it goes from here. What is the best outcome? Why this has been a bad situation for everyone involved. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2021
2022 NBA Draft Preview: Guards, including Jaden Hardy, some upside returnees, and a lot more questions
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Matt Pennie and I preview the guards in the 2022 NBA Draft Class. Including Jaden Hardy, Jaden Ivey, JD Davison, Kennedy Chandler, TyTy Washington, Nolan Hickman, Aminu Mohammed, Jean Montero, Andre Curbelo, Jordan Hall, Kadary richmond, Iverson Molinar, Kendric Davis, Max Abmas, Adam Flagler, Jahvon Quinerly and some further. We also talk about my diving into Boston sports and culture in a way that I'm almost serious about. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2021
Ben Simmons comes to the 76ers front door unannounced; Kyrie won't play or practice until he is a full participant
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Derek Bodner is here and we chat about the two dominant NBA storylines of the preseason that came to a head on Tuesday: Ben Simmons coming to the front door of the 76ers unannounced to return to the team, and Kyrie Irving being ruled out of all basketball activities until something changes with his vaccination status or the rules allowing him to play in home games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2021
NBA Preseason Awards Preview: MVP race, DPOY takes, ROY, and fun superlatives with Dave DuFour
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Dave DuFour is here to break down all of the potential awards races this year, from Kevin Durant and the narrative race for MVP; DPOY and the push for a perimeter player to win; some ROY thoughts and a sleeper to win that award; and other stuff like most likely to be traded, most interesting trade targets, and plenty more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 09, 2021
2022 NBA Draft Preview: Wings with AJ Griffin and many question marks
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Matt Pennie and I preview the wings in the 2022 NBA Draft Class. Including AJ Griffin, Peyton Watson, Johnny Juzang, Jaime Jaquez, Benn Mathurin, Dyson Daniels, and a slew of freshmen. We also talked a bit about a big Boston sports weekend with Pennie, my Instagram account dying an oil-covered death at the hands of Nicolas Cage, and we talk a lot about The Many Saints of Newark at the end. Finally, we close with four minutes on Emoni Bates' measurements that people seem to be melting down about online. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2021
NBA Western Conference Win Total Over/Unders Preview with Robby Kalland
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For the fourth year in a row, Robby Kalland joins Sam for the only essential preview podcast: NBA Win total over/unders. This episode is on the Western Conference. We use our good friends over at BetMGM and their win total lines to dive deep into each team, and discuss what we think will happen this year for every one. The teams go in alphabetical order.  DAL: 48.5; DEN: 47.5; GSW: 48.5; HOU: 27.5; LAC: 45.5; LAL: 52.5; MEM: 41.5; MIN: 34.5; NO: 39.5; OKC: 23.5: PHX: 51.5; POR: 44.5; SAC: 36.5; SAS: 28.5; UTA: 52.5 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2021
NBA Eastern Conference Win Total Over/Unders 2021-22 with Robby Kalland
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For the fourth year in a row, Robby Kalland joins Sam for the only essential preview podcast: NBA Win total over/unders. This episode is on the Eastern Conference. We use our good friends over at BetMGM and their win total lines to dive deep into each team, and discuss what we think will happen this year for every one. The teams go in alphabetical order. The numbers we go off of can be found below: ATL 47.5; BOS 45.5; BKN 56.6; CHA 38.5; CHI 42.5; CLE 26.5; DET 24.5; IND 42.5; MIA 48.5; MIL 54.5; NYK 41.5; ORL 22.5; PHI 50.5; TOR 35.5; WAS 33.5 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2021
NBA Contenders and Pretenders: Eastern Conference outlook with Fred Katz
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Fred Katz joins the show, and we tier the Eastern Conference into four ways: Pretenders, Play-in Contenders, Playoff Contenders, and Title Contenders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2021
2022 NBA Draft Preview: Wing Forwards with Patrick Baldwin, Jabari Smith, more; Plus, J.J. Redick retires
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Matt Pennie joins Sam to run through a preseason lookahead to the 2022 NBA Draft. Who are the wing forwards that you need to know? We do deep dives on Patrick Baldwin, Jabari Smith, Caleb Houstan, Kendall Brown, Matthew Mayer, Keegan Murray, Julian Champagnie, Jabari Walker, E.J. Liddell, Michael Foster, Toumani Camara, Dawson Garcia, Moussa Diabate, then throw out some of the sleeper names we like. First though, we start on J.J. Redick's retirement, one of the most interesting careers in the last two decades of basketball Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2021
2022 NBA Draft Preview: Big men; Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero, Jalen Duren and many others with Matt Pennie
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Matt Pennie joins Sam to run through a preseason lookahead to the 2022 NBA Draft. Who are the big men that you need to know? We do deep dives on Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero and Jalen Duren. Then, we move onto Daimion Collins, Mark Williams, Trayce Jackson-Davis, Drew Timme, Walker Kessler, Azuolas Tubelis, Kofi Cockburn, Hunter Dickinson, Moussa Cisse. Armando Bacot, Liam Robbins, Trevion Williams, Zach Edey Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2021
The Ben Simmons Podcast: How good is he? What is his value? Where does he end up? with John Hollinger
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The podcast where John Hollinger and I explore the biggest swing piece still remaining this offseason: Ben Simmons. What should Philadelphia do with him? What is his value? Where do we think the best landing spots are? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2021
Emoni Bates to Memphis with Jalen Duren; Shaedon Sharpe to Kentucky; OTE and some NBA Draft CBB injuries
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Matt Pennie is back! We break down Emoni Bates and the Memphis Tigers. We talk Kentucky getting Shaedon Sharpe, a top-5 player in the 2022 recruiting class; Then, OTE and some college hoops injuries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2021
NBA Offseason Recaps! Pacific Division: Golden State, Lakers, Clippers, Phoenix, Sacramento
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Dieter Kurtenbach, the busiest man in Bay Area media, has returned to break down the Pacific Division's offseason moves. We do deep dives into all of Golden State, Lakers, Clippers, Phoenix, Sacramento, discussing whether or not they got better this offseason Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 04, 2021
NBA Offseason Recaps! Central Division: Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, Milwaukee w/ James Edwards
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James Edwards joins the show to break down the offseasons for all of Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, Milwaukee. We do deep dives on each and explain whether or not each of these teams looking to compete on some level next season got better. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2021
NBA Offseason Recaps! Northwest Division: Denver, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Portland, Utah
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Andrew Schlecht makes his long-awaited Game Theory Podcast debut, and his dulcet tones break down the offseason moves made by teams in the Northwest Division! We chat Denver, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Portland, Utah, a group of teams marked as much by what they didn't do as opposed to what they did Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 28, 2021
NBA Offseason Recaps! Southeast Division: Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando, Washington
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Danny Leroux is here to run through all of the offseason moves that occurred this past season in the Southeast Division. We hit Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando, Washington in detail, discussing how each team got better or worse this offseason Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2021
NBA Offseason Recaps! Atlantic Division: Boston, Brooklyn, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto w/ Blake Murphy
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Blake Murphy joins the show and we dive deep into the Atlantic Division, breaking down all of the offseason moves from Boston, Brooklyn, New York, Philadelphia, and Toronto. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2021
NBA Offseason Recaps! Southwest Division: Dallas, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, and San Antonio
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Danny Leroux joins the podcast, and we break down the offseasons of Dallas, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, and San Antonio. For a quick time stamp: Dallas: start Houston: 15:00 Memphis: 22:30 New Orleans: 35:00 San Antonio Spurs: 51:00 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2021
NBA Summer League Start! Cade/Jalen; Mobley/Suggs; Rookies! Surprises! The Too-Good-For-Summer-League Team! Also, STRUS
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Matt Pennie and Sam Vecenie run through the first few days of Las Vegas Summer League, breaking down all the important action which has occurred in this largely inconsequential event that creates volcanic hot takes every year.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2021
NBA Free Agency Frenzy, Days 1 and 2: Bulls, Pelicans, Heat, Lakers, Knicks, Spurs
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In this episode, Dave DuFour joins the show to talk about what we've seen from the first two days of NBA free agency. We chat about the Bulls (first 15 minutes), the Pelicans (15:00-30:00), the Heat (30-36:00), the Lakers (36:00-44:00), the Knicks (43:00-48:00), the Spurs (48:00-53:00), then kind of a grab bag of other moves. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2021
2021 NBA Draft Deep Dive with Matt Pennie! Everything that happened on Thursday night gets broken down
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Pennie and Vecenie break down the 2021 NBA Draft, doing a deep dive on all of what we saw. From Cade Cunningham going No. 1, to the fit between Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen, to the surprises throughout the lottery and the teams that succeeded, we run through everything we saw on Thursday night. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2021
2021 NBA Draft Preview: Best bets and Over/Under Draft slots
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Pennie and Vecenie do a deep dive into NBA Draft betting props, discussing every over/under prop on the board right now. It serves as a good little set discussion point as we head into draft day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 29, 2021
Mock Draft! What we would do at each of the top-30 picks in the 2021 NBA Draft w/ Matt Pennie
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Pennie and Sam run through the draft order and go back and forth, giving the top-30 picks and explaining why this is what they would do.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2021
NBA Draft Big Board: Matt Pennie shares The Pennie 20, his top-20 prospects in the 2021 NBA Draft
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It's a rankings episode! Matt Pennie shares his top-20 prospects in the 2021 NBA Draft. We also discuss how he went about making the rankings, and he gets to share some love on some of the high school standouts from Cartersville with Under Armour's first recruiting event of the season. Oh, and we discuss movies, including one of my favorite movies I've seen this entire year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2021
NBA Draft Deadline Decision Day and NIL Rights with Matt Pennie
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Pennie is here. We run through some thoughts on NIL rights, and on the NBA Draft Deadline Decision Day. We answer the important questions here, too. How much would Pennie's NIL rights have been worth at UMass? What movies have you watched more than any other in your lifetime? And what players made good decisions to turn pro? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2021
The Phoenix Suns making the NBA Finals is one of the craziest turnarounds in recent professional sports history with Sreekar Jasthi
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Sreekar Jasthi, aka SreekyShooter, joins to chat about the Suns going to the NBA Finals with the fellas. Everything you need to know about this crazy season of Phoenix basketball. The Devin Booker conversation; James Jones building the team; Monty Williams going from not-great in New Orleans to phenomenal in Phoenix; Chris Paul; and being the man to make the jokes and memes about the whole franchise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2021
NBA Draft Combine Recap; How good would Shaquille O'Neal Be in the Modern NBA?
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Matt Pennie and Sam run through some NBA Draft Combine stuff, including what is valuable to take away from the combine? How should we be evaluating it versus tape versus pro days versus every other piece of the process? First though, they start on "what would Shaquille O'Neal look like in today's NBA? Would he be just as dominant as he was in the 1990s and 2000s? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2021
Hawks-Bucks Deep Dive; Suns/Ayton; F9, and the Fast and Furious Series Ranking with Robby Kalland
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Robby Kalland joins for the only important podcast of the year: the F9 recap, along with updated Fast and Furious rankings. Oh yeah, given that this is a basketball podcast, we talked a bit about Hawks-Bucks and the Suns for the first hour. The Fast and Furious convo is absolutely spoiler-heavy, but if you're here for basketball and haven't seen F9, you are safe until around the hour mark when we give a clear EJECTO PODCAST, CUZ warning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2021
NBA Draft Lottery Recap! Mini-episode breaking down Detroit, Houston, Cleveland and Toronto Celebrating!
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Matt Pennie is here to break down what happened in the 2021 NBA Draft Lottery, and discuss Cade Cunningham, Jalen Suggs, Jalen Green and Evan Mobley. Also some Combine talk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2021
Sixers-Hawks; Trae Love; Ben Simmons Gotta Go; Clips-Jazz; Bucks-Nets; Kemba Trade; Draft Lottery Preview
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James Edwards from The Athletic is here and we run through everything that happened in basketball this weekend. It was a lot. A breakdown of the 76ers and Hawks series. Some flowers for Trae Young, and real questions about the Ben Simmons era in Philly. A Clips-Jazz breakdown, and what happens when you don't have a circuit breaker for when the scheme gets broken. Bucks-Nets, the best Game 7 of the playoffs. Some quick thoughts on the Kemba Walker Trade. And a Draft Lottery Preview. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2021
NBA Draft Combine and Lottery Preview with Matt Pennie; What to Expect as the League gathers in Chicago
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Matt Pennie joins and we run through the NBA Draft Combine, G League Elite Camp, and some thoughts on the lottery heading into the week. Who are the most important names to know in terms of who could be moving around the board? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2021
NBA Madness on a Wednesday; Danny Leroux breaks the CP3, Kawhi, SVG, LaMelo news (and much more!) to Sam after he wakes, and they react on the fly
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Sam didn't wake up until 6:30 AM Melbourne time, which meant that while he was asleep, the NBA basically broke. Danny Leroux broke all the news to him live on the spot, so he reacted to all of the wild news that happened in the NBA on June 16. In order.... -Chris Paul in COVID protocols -Kawhi Leonard injured with an ACL injury -Stan Van Gundy out in New Orleans -Scott Brooks out in Washington -Donnie Nelson out in Dallas -LaMelo wins ROY -John Calipari? -Then finally, a discussion of Kevin Durant, an absolute superstar who painted his masterpiece last night against Milwaukee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2021
Jalen Duren is that dude, and Predicting the 2021 NBA Draft Risers During the Pre-Draft Process
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Pennie is here, and we run through what he saw at Pangos All-American camp, then talk about eight guys we would bet on to help themselves during the 2021 NBA Pre-Draft Process. We also break down what it's like to be savagely burned on the internet by someone calling you a pipsqueak. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2021
Clippers-Mavs Game 7; Philly-76ers Game 1; Bucks-Nets Game 1; Suns-Nuggets w/ Drake U'u
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Former NBA scout and executive Drake U'u joins the podcast to chat about Clippers-Mavs Game 7; Philly-76ers Game 1; Bucks-Nets Game 1; Suns-Nuggets; and a couple of minutes at the end about the 2021 NBA Draft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2021
Celtics did WHAT?! Coach K RETIRES?! The NBA Draft Early Entry List is HOW LONG?! Mare of Easttown is OVER?!
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Matt Pennie is here and we run through the Celtics news, Coach K news, the NBA Draft Early Entry list, and we talk more about Mare of Easttown. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2021
Overtime Elite makes a splash; Alperen Sengun takes a leap; Mare of Easttown, and Sam live-watches the Penguins lose
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Matt Pennie is here and we have a grassroots episode for Pennie to take the lead. Overtime Elite has signed four players, all of whom are very interesting long-term prospects. Sam lets Pennie explain them, while they talk through the Overtime Elite program a bit and try to figure out where it's headed. Additionally, we run through Alperen Sengun, who continues to build buzz due to his terrific Turkish League playoffs. Then, we talk Pennie recruiting stories, and he gives a beauty. Finally, Sam and Pennie go deep into Mare of Easttown, explaining why we love the show and giving our theories on what happens. That is a very spoiler-ridden conversation, and one that we give ample warning to for people to turn off if they haven't seen the show yet. It starts at around the 55:00 mark. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2021
NBA Playoffs! Early Round One Series Breakdown. All Eight Series! With Dave DuFour
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NBA Playoffs breakdown with Dave DuFour. We run through each of the eight series currently taking place.  In order: ATL-NYK, MIL-MIA, BKN-BOS, PHI-WAS. Then, UTA-MEM, LAL-PHX, LAC-DAL, and DEN-POR. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2021
NBA Awards Podcast: MVP, All-NBA, ROY, All-Defense, COY, 6MOY, MIP, plus play-in games thoughts with Tony Jones
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Tony Jones is here and we dive deep into the play-in games then go into our NBA Awards picks. Tony is an actual voter for the awards, I am a fake voter, so we run through our picks for MVP, All-NBA, ROY, All-Defense, COY, 6MOY, MIP and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2021
The NBA MVP Race; Contextualizing Nikola Jokic's season; Is Steph Curry peaking? with Ben Taylor
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Ben Taylor is here! We deep dive into the MVP race (among other tangents), discussing Nikola Jokic's historical dominance, Steph Curry's second peak, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 19, 2021
Offseason Previews for the Ten Eliminated NBA Teams: HOU, DET, OKC, CLE, ORL, MIN, TOR, CHI, NOP, SAC
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Danny Leroux is here to run through offseason previews for the 10 eliminated teams before the playoffs start on this coming week in the NBA. In order, we go: HOU, DET, OKC, CLE, ORL, MIN, TOR, CHI, NOP, SAC Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Athletic’s Small Business Story | Part 3 of 3
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Part Three of The Athletic’s Origins story for Dell Technologies ‘Small Business Podference’ series. In this episode The Athletic’s co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann continue on about the company’s expansion into the U.K., how the team got through the shutdown of sports and challenges that lay ahead. Writers, Marcus Thompson, Anthony Slater, Zach Harper and David Aldridge give their thoughts on that process as well. For the complete lineup of episodes, visit delltechnologiespodference.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Athletic’s Small Business Story | Part 2 of 3
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Part Two of The Athletic’s Origins story for Dell Technologies ‘Small Business Podference’ series. In this episode The Athletic’s co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann continue on about the company’s first steps into the marketplace. The challenges they met selling this idea to investors, and journalists they were trying to recruit, specifically with the expansion into the Bay Area. Writers, Marcus Thompson and Anthony Slater give their thoughts on that process as well. For the complete lineup of episodes, visit delltechnologiespodference.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2021
Bonus Episode: The Athletic’s Small Business Story | Part 1 of 3
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Part One of The Athletic’s Origins story for Dell Technologies ‘Small Business Podference’ series. In this episode we hear from The Athletic’s co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann about how they met, how an idea for better sports coverage materialized into a significant media player in the sports landscape and the spirit at the heart of The Athletic’s culture. For the complete lineup of episodes, visit delltechnologiespodference.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2021
2021 NBA Draft Mock Draft Podcast, Version 3.0 with Matt Pennie
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Matt Pennie joins to do another updated 2021 NBA Mock Draft. For the first time, we talk about teams and prospect fits instead of just a top-30 prospect listing. So it's a bit of a deeper dive into not just college prospects, but also some thoughts on where NBA teams sit as they enter the close of their season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2021
Why the Top Eight NBA Contenders Will or Won't Win the Championship with Mo Dakhil
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In this episode, we run through why the Lakers, Clippers, Jazz, Suns, Nuggets, 76ers, Nets, and Bucks will or will not win what has quickly morphed into the most wide open NBA title chase in years. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 08, 2021
International NBA Draft Prospects Breakdown and Emoni Bates talk with Matt Pennie
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Matt Pennie and I run through the top international prospects in the class, but first we talk Emoni Bates and what's going on with him as he starts the offseason and AAU cycle before his senior year. Longer thoughts on Alperen Sengun, Josh Giddey, Usman Garuba, Roko Prkacin, and Rokas Jokubaitis, plus others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2021
NBA Rookies Breakdown with Kyle Mann; Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, POKU, and many more
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Kyle Mann from The Ringer joins and we break down the rookies from the 2020 NBA Draft class. Deep dives on Anthony Edwards, LaMelo Ball, Immanuel Quickley, POKU, and Tyrese Haliburton, plus more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 01, 2021
The Top 12 Coaching Jobs in College Basketball w/ Matt Pennie
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Part Two of our series breaking down the 25 best coaching jobs in college basketball. Part One is in the podcast before this, where we run through the other jobs. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2021
Top 25 Coaching Jobs in College Basketball: Nos. 25 to 13, with honorable mentions
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Matt Pennie joins to chat about what the best jobs are in college basketball. Which program would be the best to coach? A deep dive into what matters in a coaching job, why there are more good jobs for coaches than ever, why you can be successful in more places than ever, and into the jobs rated No. 25 to No. 13, with discussions on all of the ones that just missed out. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2021
NBA Catch-Up w/ Nekias Duncan; NBA Title Race, MVP Race, the East, the Suns, the Knicks, and more
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NBA Catch-Up w/ Nekias Duncan. We run through the NBA Title Race, the MVP Race, the East, the Suns, the Knicks, the weird middle of the Eastern Conference and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 23, 2021
Does Winning Games Matter for NBA Draft prospects?; Giddey! Prospects We're Struggling to Evaluate
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Matt Pennie is here to chat about winning and the NBA Draft; Josh Giddey, the toughest evaluations in the class, and some segments that include Pennie Recruiting Stories, Sam Explores Australia, Movies, Two-Year-Old Children, and more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2021
Early NBA Draft Declarations, Transfer Portal thoughts, recruiting stories with Pennie, and more
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Matt Pennie is back, we break down thoughts on the transfer portal, on the NBA Draft and some of the kids who have made early decisions to stay or go -- such as DJ Steward, Trayce Jackson-Davis, Taevion Kinsey, Scottie Lewis, and plenty more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2021
Baylor wins the title; Final Four breakdown of prospects and contextualizing Gonzaga and Baylor historically
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Pennie joins the show for the first of a two-part episode. In this first part, we break down everything to do with what we saw this weekend in the Final Four. Prospects, game breakdowns, contextualizing this season and way, way more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2021
NBA Draft Sweet 16/Elite 8 Breakdown; Indiana hires Woodson; Recruiting Stories w/ Pennie
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Matt Pennie joins to break down what we saw in the NCAA Tournament, the Indiana coaching hire, and Russell Westbrook thoughts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2021
NCAA Tournament First and Second Round Recap for Draft Prospects
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Pennie is back, and we run through what draft prospects over and under performed in the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament.  We start with Cade, move through to the lottery guys still left like Suggs and Mobley. Then, we run through some of the fun stories. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2021
NCAA Tournament Gambling Preview Round of 64
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Jim Root from the Three Man Weave joins the show and we run through a bunch of games in the Round of 64 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2021
NCAA Tournament Prospect Preview w/ Matt Pennie
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Pennie joins the show, and we run through every matchup in the NCAA Tournament Round of 64 and discuss the NBA prospects in each. We also open talking about Isaiah Jackson's decision to test the waters versus straight-up declare for the draft, and additionally we talk about the Indiana men's basketball job, and why we need Brad Stevens to take it for the CONTENT. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2021
NCAA Selection Show Breakdown; What do you need to know for your bracket? with Nicole Auerbach
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Nicole Auerbach joins, and we run through the 2021 NCAA Tournament bracket, chatting about everything we saw with the Selection Show. We start with grand takeaways, then move to the bubble, then we do a region-by-region breakdown starting at the 17-minute mark. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2021
Who is the Best College Point Guard Duo of the Last 20 Years? with Matt Pennie
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Matthew Pennie joins the show to discuss whether or not Jared Butler and Davion Mitchell have a case as the best collegiate point guard duo of the last 20 years? Plus, a dive into James Bouknight and Franz Wagner. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 10, 2021
The Malachi Effect in the NBA Draft; G League update; Arizona Thoughts w/ Matt Pennie
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Matt Pennie joins, and we start with the G League Ignite, we move to potential March breakout players, then talk Arizona Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 03, 2021
The top 2021 NBA Draft Prospects, and their biggest concerns heading into March
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Matt Pennie joins the show to break down the weaknesses of the top draft prospects as their collegiate seasons wind down Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2021
Western Conference All-Star Picks w/ Dieter Kurtenbach
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A deep dive into the Western Conference All-Star picks with legend of the podcast Dieter Kurtenbach. We break down all of the incredible players up for selection in the Western Conference, and agonize over tough decisions about who to put on and who to leave off. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2021
Eastern Conference All-Star Picks w/ Dieter Kurtenbach
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A deep dive into the Eastern Conference All-Star picks with legend of the podcast Dieter Kurtenbach. We break down all of the incredible players up for selection in the Eastern Conference, and agonize over tough decisions about who to put on and who to leave off. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2021
The Jalen Johnson Media Wars and his draft stock; Sharife Cooper and Ignite Update
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Matt Pennie joins to discuss Jalen Johnson opting out, some thoughts on Sharife Cooper, and an update on our four G League Ignite Prospects Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2021
Kuminga, Green, Nix, Todd debut in the G League; Springer/Johnson Breakout
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Matt Pennie joins to break down the G League Ignite season starter, plus some thoughts on Tennessee's Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 12, 2021
Luka Garza NBA Prospects? Tennessee Basketball and Prospects; Gonzaga or Baylor?
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Matt Pennie is here to talk about if Tennessee is getting the best from its prospects, what Luka Garza's NBA prospects look like, and if Gonzaga or Baylor is the better basketball team Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2021
The Nic Batum All-Stars and a deep dive into Rudy Gobert with Tony Jones
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Tony Jones joins the show to have a long discussion about Rudy Gobert, then we chat about the Nic Batum All-Stars, guys who have been written off for one reason or another that have had great seasons through the first quarter of 2020-21. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2021
NBA Mock Draft Version 2.0 with Matt Pennie
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Matt Pennie and I run through a back-and-forth top-30 NBA mock draft, breaking down a variety of guys and where we'd have them.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 30, 2021
Duke and Louisville Draft Breakdown, Alabama is super fun to watch, Favorite Mid-Major NBA Prospects
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Matt Pennie is here, we run through Duke and Louisville, Alabama, and break down a few fun mid-major prospects. Oh, and some Donovan Mitchell-Shaq thoughts, too Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2021
NBA Rookies Breakdown Through First Quarter of Season with Mo Dakhil
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Mo Dakhil jumps on the show to break down some early impressions of NBA rookies this season. We dive deep on the top-three picks (Edwards, Wiseman, Ball) then talk a lot about Haliburton, Okoro, Pat Williams, and many, many others who have stood out in one way or another. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22, 2021
Kevin Porter Jr. Food Fight; BJ Boston and Sharife Cooper; G League Ignite Preview
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Matt Pennie joins the show to talk about Kevin Porter and then we dive deep into a few draft topics, such as BJ Boston's struggles, Sharife Cooper's burst onto the scene, Ziaire Williams, Moses Moody and evaluating blowouts, and then we dive deep into the G League Ignite team before they play. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2021
James Harden Trade Breakdown for All Four Teams from a Team Building Perspective
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Nekias Duncan joins the show to break down the James Harden deal, where we dive DEEP on how all four teams fared. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 15, 2021
Upperclass Draft Prospects and Transfers in College Basketball
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Matt Pennie joins Sam and they chat about some of the roster construction that will happen this spring and winter in the transfer market, then some upperclassmen who are interesting draft prospects Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 08, 2021
Early Season Trends and NBA Catch Up with John Hollinger
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The legend (and The Athletic's own) John Hollinger catches Sam up to speed on what's happening in the NBA after Sam has finally returned from vacation and is behind the eight-ball in terms of what he's seen. Need a refresher on what's happening league-wide? This is your best bet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2021
The 2021 NBA Draft has a LOT of uncertainty heading into the new year
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Matt Pennie joins Sam to break down how the 2021 NBA Draft has about as much uncertainty as any year we can remember as we head into the calendar draft year.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2020
NBA Western Conference Preview! NBA Vegas Win Total Over/Unders with Robby Kalland
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It's back again! Every year, Robby Kalland joins Sam Vecenie in dissecting all 30 NBA teams and breaking down whether or not they will surpass or not reach their Vegas win total over/under. We break down each one by whether or not we'd bet on it, whether we'd pass, and discuss what side we'd bet on in this two-part podcast extravaganza. Today, it's the Western Conference. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2020
NBA Eastern Conference Win Total Over/Unders Preview
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It's back again! Every year, Robby Kalland joins Sam Vecenie in dissecting all 30 NBA teams and breaking down whether or not they will surpass or not reach their Vegas win total over/under. We break down each one by whether or not we'd bet on it, whether we'd pass, and discuss what side we'd bet on in this two-part podcast extravaganza. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2020
NBA Western Conference Offseason Breakdowns with Danny Leroux
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Danny Leroux joins the show to run through all 15 teams in the Western Conference, diving deep into the offseason moves they made. Who got better? Who stagnated? We run through the teams alphabetically. Meaning we go: Dallas, Denver, Golden State, Houston, Clippers, Lakers, Memphis, Minnesota, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Utah Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 11, 2020
2021 NBA Mock Draft Podcast Version 1.1 with Matt Pennie
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Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie and we run through our top-30 prospects after we're now two weeks through the college basketball season, diving deep into some of what we've seen early.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2020
NBA Eastern Conference Offseason Breakdowns with Dave DuFour
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Dave DuFour joins Sam Vecenie, and they break down all 15 teams in the Eastern Conference, and the moves they made in the offseason. They go in alphabetical order, starting with Atlanta and ending with Washington. So the order: Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, Miami, Milwaukee, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2020
2021 NBA Draft Early Season Overreactions with Matt Pennie
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Matt Pennie joins the podcast and we break down everything we've seen through the first week of NBA Draft evaluations at the college basketball level. To do so, we give blatant overreaction takes, then discuss if those takes will turn out right or wrong. Included are thoughts on Kentucky, Duke, Gonzaga, Jalen Suggs, Cade Cunningham, Corey Kispert, Jalen Johnson, Isaiah Jackson, Kai Jones, the film Happiest Season, and much more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2020
2021 NBA Draft Lookahead -- Returning CBB Players and the start of the season with Rob Dauster
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Rob Dauster and I run through the top returning players for the 2021 NBA Draft to college basketball, then dive deep on some of the things we've seen from the early portion of the college basketball season so far.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2020
2021 NBA Draft Lookahead -- One and Dones with Matt Pennie
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Matt Pennie joins the program and we break down the incoming freshmen and potential one-and-dones in the 2021 NBA Draft Class Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2020
Post NBA Draft Breakdown: A deep dive into everything that happened in the 2020 NBA Draft
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Matt Pennie and I run through everything that happened in the 2020 NBA Draft on Wednesday night. We have fun! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2020
Harden Potential Trades, Jrue Holiday to MIL, and Covington to POR Live Reaction with Tony Jones
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Tony Jones and I got together to podcast about the NBA Draft and potential James Harden trades. Then, the NBA imploded in upon itself and Robert Covington got moved to Portland and Jrue Holiday went to Milwaukee. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2020
NBA Draft Sleepers, and Chet Holmgren Goes Beast Mode
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Matt Pennie joins the show and we break down a group of 11 NBA Draft Sleepers, and talk Chet Holmgren vs. Emoni Bates. Names we get through: Daniel Oturu, Jordan Nwora, Skylar Mays, KJ Martin, Ty-Shon Alexander, Sam Merrill, Mason Jones, Nate Hinton, Saben Lee, Markus Howard and Cassius Winston Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2020
Northwest Division Offseason Preview: Deep Dives into MIN, UTA, DEN, POR, OKC w/ Tony Jones
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Tony Jones and I dive deep into the five teams in the Northwest Division: Minnesota, Utah, Denver, Portland and Oklahoma City. The order is Minnesota, then Utah, then Portland, then Oklahoma City, then Denver. Throughout, we also talk a bit about the NBA Draft. Also, a quick note at the top about how a long conversation with Tony ended up getting split into two podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2020
2020 NBA Draft Player Comps Episode with Matt Pennie
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Matt Pennie joins the show and we run through NBA Player Comps for all of the top-30 guys in the 2020 NBA Draft. We go in order, 1-30. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2020
Southeast Division Offseason Preview: MIA, ATL, WAS, ORL, CHA; Daryl Morey hired in Philadelphia
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Nekias Duncan joins the episode, and we break down Daryl Morey getting hired in Philly, then do an offseason preview for Miami, Orlando, Atlanta, Charlotte and Washington. Time Stamps! Morey to Philly: 0:00 to 23:00 Miami: 25:00-41:00 Atlanta: 41:00-1:00:00 Charlotte: 1:00:00-1:25:00 Washington: 1:25:00-1:40:00 Orlando: 1:40:00-end Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2020
How to Rank and Tier the Top-125 Players in the NBA with Seth Partnow
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Seth Partnow joins the podcast to explain and dive deep into how he ranked the top-125 players in the NBA over the course of last week. We also talk some draft strategy at the end of the show.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2020
Stan Van Gundy Hired by NOP; Central Division Offseason Preview: MIL, CHI, CLE, DET, IND
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In this episode of the podcast, James Edwards from The Athletic joins the show to chat about Stan Van Gundy being hired in New Orleans, then about the offseason for all five Central Division teams. Time Stamps: Stan Van to NOP: 0:00-15:00 MIL: 15:00-41:00 IND: 41:00-1:09:00 DET: 1:09:00-1:38:00 CHI: 1:38:00-1:52:00 CLE: 1:52:00-end Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2020
NBA MOCK DRAFT PODCAST NO. 1; Daryl Morey resigns in Houston
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Matt Pennie joins Sam to do an NBA Mock Draft, choosing every first round pick and breaking it down going back and forth. But they open with some words on Daryl Morey's resignation in Houston.  Time Stamps: 0:00-21:00 -- Morey resigns in Houston 24:00-end: Mock Draft Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2020
Atlantic Division Offseason Preview: Boston, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, New York, Toronto
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Jared Weiss joins the episode to preview the offseason for the five teams in the Atlantic Division: Boston, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, New York, Toronto. Approximate: time stamps: 0:00-26:00: Boston 26:00-50:00: Philadelphia 55:00-1:15:00: Brooklyn 1:15:00 to end -- New York and Toronto, connected by Fred VanVleet Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2020
Lakers win Finals; Pacific Division Offseason Preview: LAL, LAC, SAC, PHX, GSW
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Danny Leroux joins to break down the Lakers winning the NBA Championship, then preview the offseason for the Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Kings and Suns. Lakers win title: 0:00-0:28:00 Lakers Offseason: 0:28:00-0:43:00 Clippers Offseason 0:46:00-0:59:00 Suns Offseason: 0:59:00-1:12:00 Kings: 1:12:00-1:28:00 Warriors: 1:28:00-end Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2020
Lakers take 3-1 lead; Why LaMelo at No. 1?; NBA Draft Wings Deep Dive with Spencer Pearlman
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NBA scouting consultant Spencer Pearlman joins to talk the Lakers taking a 3-1 lead, why LaMelo Ball sits at No. 1 on each of our boards, and we dive deep into Isaac Okoro, Devin Vassell, Patrick Williams, Saddiq Bey and Aaron Nesmith. Lakers-Heat: 0:00-20:00 LaMelo Ball at No. 1: 24:00-34:00 Nesmith: 34:00-41:30 Bey: 41:30-48:00 Williams: 48:00-57:00 Vassell: 57:00-1:07:00 Okoro: 1:07:00-end Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2020
NBA Draft Bubble Deep Dive and Combine Thoughts; Celtics Options?
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Matt Pennie joins Sam to discuss the NBA Draft, the Boston Celtics and their offseason, and Kentucky prospects. We bounce all over the place to discuss a wide variety of topics, Pennie shares some news on what the shooting workouts at the combine will look like, and we dive deep on the Bubble and what it means to the NBA Draft process this year. We also laugh hysterically at Sam's disaster fantasy football team in the college basketball media league. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2020
NBA Finals Preview; Doc Rivers Fired with Seth Partnow
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Seth Partnow joins to preview the NBA Finals, discuss how each finalist was built, and then get a surprise mid-podcast with Doc Rivers getting fired by the Clippers. Time Stamps: How each finalist was built: 0:00:00-0:35:00 Doc Rivers Fired: 0:38:00-0:49:00 NBA Finals Preview: 0:49:00 to end Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2020
Nuggets Deep Dive with Matt Moore; Donovan Hired in Chicago; Markus Howard Interview
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It's a two-parter! First episode is with Matt Moore from The Action Network, where we dive very deep on the Denver Nuggets and why they have taken a true leap during this playoffs. What has gone right? Why has Jamal Murray been so good? Why Nikola Jokic has become the best true center in the league. How has the Nuggets supporting cast helped out? Then, we chat about the Bulls' decision to hire Billy Donovan as their head coach. The second part of the episode is an interview with Markus Howard out of Marquette. Seen as a potential second round pick, Howard is a two-time All-American who averaged 28 points per game as a senior. Why is he not higher on draft boards? I ask him about that, his upbringing in basketball, and much more in this episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2020
X's and O's Deep Dive of Denver-Los Angeles and Boston-Miami with Mo Dakhil
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Mo Dakhil is a former video coordinator for multiple NBA teams and the Australian national basketball team. He's also a podcaster and writer for us at The Athletic, so I brought him on to dive deep into what's happening in the X's and O's of the Nuggets-Lakers series, followed by the Heat-Celtics series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2020
The Demise of the Clippers w/ Jovan Buha; Desmond Bane Interview
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Two-part episode! In the first episode, Jovan Buha from The Athletic. We chatted about how the Clippers fell apart against the Nuggets, and how the flaws in this team were readily apparent all season. Also, where do they go from here? In the second part, I interview TCU guard and potential first round pick Desmond Bane, chatting about his upbringing, his development in basketball, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2020
How the Nuggets pushed the Clippers to Seven; Raps/Celtics; Team-building in the playoffs
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Nuggets-Clippers: 0:00 to 33:30 Raptors-Celtics and team-building for the playoffs: 35:00-1:00:07 Rockets: 1:10:00 to end Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2020
Bucks' Demise; Billy Donovan out in OKC; NBA Draft Hot Takes with Seth Partnow
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In this episode, I chat with Seth Partnow about a few topics. We start with the Milwaukee Bucks, the organization he used to work for. We chat about how the Heat series exposed some holes, what to lay at the feet of Mike Budenholer, and what to lay at the feet of the front office. And where do they go from here?   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2020
Raptors-Celtics, Bucks-Heat, and the Dissonance of Enjoying Football
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The 400th episode of the Game Theory Podcast is super packed with three guests. First, I chat with The Athletic's Jay King about Celtics-Raptors, and where that series goes from here. Second, I talked with Basketball News' Nekias Duncan about Bucks-Heat and how that series has unfolded. Finally, I finish with Reid Forgrave, as we discuss his new book, "Love, Zac," football, and the dissonance of enjoying a sport that hurts those who participate.   Celtics-Raptors: 0:00-24:00 Bucks-Heat: 27:00-51:00 Love, Zac, and football: 51:30-end Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2020
Five Important Questions on the NBA Playoffs with Dave DuFour
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In this episode, I chat with Dave DuFour from The Athletic. I ask Dave five important questions regarding the NBA Playoffs thus far.   1. Is the Mitchell-Murray Leap for real? Is this sustainable? 2. Do the Raptors have enough offensive firepower to overcome the Celtics and make this a series at least? 3. Who is the second best player in the Eastern conference right now? 4. What is Mike Budenholzer doing? 5. Clippers and Lakers get a big rest advantage against their opponents. Does this matter, and are they still on a collision course? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2020
Mitchell-Murray Duel; Bubble Takeaways for the Draft; Luka as Draft Prospect;
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Matt Pennie joins the podcast. We open talking about Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray dueling in Orlando. What is happening? How have they gotten on such fire? Also, what has their developmental trajectory looked like from when they were prospects til now, setting the world on fire?   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2020
Bucks Protest; Jazz-Nuggets; NBA Draft with Tony Jones
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In this episode, I chat with The Athletic's own Tony Jones. We talk for 43 minutes at the top about the Bucks' walkout, and why it was so important in the construct of sports yesterday. And how despite what those making disingenuous arguments will tell you, it DID matter.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 28, 2020
The Demise of the 76ers and the Rise of Luka
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A two-part episode today. First, I chat with Derek Bodner to break down the demise of the Philadelphia 76ers over the last four years. All of the missteps that led to a 4-0 sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics.   Then, I chat with Tim Cato, and we discuss Luka Doncic, and the Mavericks-Clippers series that has quickly become the most exciting in the league.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2020
NBA Draft Lottery Reaction; Saddiq Bey Interview
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A two-parter! In the first half of the episode, I chat with John Hollinger about the 2020 NBA Draft Lottery, which took place on Thursday night. What do we think of this draft and potential trades that are on the table with the order finally set? Then in the second half, I talk to Villanova forward and potential first round pick Saddiq Bey. Bey won the Julius Erving Award this season as a small forward, and is expected to be taken in the top-20 of the NBA Draft.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 21, 2020
NBA Playoff Preview; Kings/Vlade split w/ Mo Dakhil
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In this episode, Mo Dakhil joins, we break down everything that's happening in the NBA Bubble in Orlando. First, we chat about the Kings' split with Vlade Divac as Joe Dumars seemingly takes over as the lead basketball ops guy in Sacramento. Then, we break down each playoff series and talk Blazers-Grizzlies. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2020
How can the NCAA save college basketball? Isaiah Stewart Interview
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First, Rob Dauster joins, and we break down all of the news in the NCAA regarding college football cancellations, and whether or not the college basketball season can be saved. Then, I interview Isaiah Stewart out of Washington, a likely first round pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2020
The Raptors are rolling; Bucks, Sixers, Pacers, Celtics and Heat
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In this episode, I chat with Blake Murphy about the Eastern Conference as we head down the stretch of the seeding games. We do 30 minutes on the Raptors particularly, and what makes them such a tough out heading into the playoffs. Then we chat Bucks, Celtics, Heat, 76ers and Pacers.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2020
Western Conference Title Race w/ Fred Katz
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In this episode, I chat with Fred Katz from The Athletic about the Race in the Western Conference. We chat Lakers, Clippers, Nuggets, Jazz, Rockets, Thunder, and Mavericks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2020
NBA Restart Analysis; Isaac Injury; Race For No. 8 in West; Skylar Mays Interview
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Intro and NBA trends: 0:00-9:30 Jonathan Isaac Injury: 9:30-22:15 Race for the eighth seed in the Western Conference, including thoughts on Spurs, Suns, Blazers, Grizzlies and Pelicans: 22:15-1:11:00 Philadelphia 76ers: 1:11:00-1:16:30 Skylar Mays Interview: 1:16:30-end Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2020
NBA Draft: Cole Anthony, Tre Jones and Kira Lewis; Who is the best wing?; Elijah Hughes Interview
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Intro, combine discussion, notes on Big Board: 0:00-16:30 Cole Anthony, Tre Jones, and Kira Lewis: 16:30-40:00 Who is the best wing in the draft?: 40:00-57:30 Elijah Hughes Interview: 59:30-end Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2020
NBA Scrimmage Overreactions!; Freddie Gillespie Interview
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Intro: 0:00-3:00 NBA Scrimmage Overreactions with Dave DuFour: 3:00-28:00 Interview with Freddie Gillespie: 30:00-end Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2020
NBA Draft Early Entry Deadline Breakdown; Cassius Winston Interview
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Intro and explaining the landscape within which kids have to make their early entry decision: 0:00-22:30 Xavier Tillman: 22:30-30:30 Tyrell Terry: 30:30-35:00 Robert Woodard: 35:00-38:30 Corey Kispert, Jared Butler: 38:30-43:00 Ayo Dosunmu, Kofi Cockburn, Isaiah Joe, Chris Smith, other rapid fire players: 43:00-51:00 Cassius Winston Interview: 54:00-end Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2020
The 10 Players Who Can Swing the NBA Title; Sam Merrill Interview
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In a two-part episode, first I chat with Michael Pina about 10 high-variance players who can swing the NBA title race. Then, for the final 25 minutes, I chat with Utah State guard Sam Merrill, who is a top-50 2020 NBA Draft prospect and has helped himself as much as anyone in the pre-draft process. Conversation with Michael Pina: 0:00-1:18:00. We run through Eric Gordon, Eric Bledsoe, Jamal Murray, Kemba Walker, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, OG Anunoby, Marcus Morris, Kristaps Porzingis, Shake Milton and Joel Embiid. Conversation with Sam Merrill: 1:21:00-end Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2020
NBA Draft Breakdowns with Spencer Pearlman
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Intro: 0:00-1:30 What does Spencer look for in scouting? 1:30-6:20 Isaiah Stewart: 6:20-14:00 Obi Toppin: 14:00-34:00 Tyrese Haliburton: 34:00-50:00 Killian Hayes: 50:00-1:05:00 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2020
Western Conference NBA Bubble Preview w/ Dave DuFour
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Intro: 0:00-4:30  Portland Trail Blazers: 4:30-20:00 Los Angeles Lakers: 20:00-31:00 Los Angeles Clippers: 31:00-41:00 Denver Nuggets: 41:00-52:00 Houston Rockets: 52:00-59:00 Dallas Mavericks: 59:00-1:05:00 Utah Jazz: 1:05:00-1:11:00 Oklahoma City Thunder: 1:11:00-1:18:00 (Rudy Gobert interlude: 1:18:00-1:20:00 Memphis Grizzlies: 1:20:00-1:30:00 New Orleans Pelicans: 1:30:00-1:48:00 Phoenix Suns:  1:48:00-1:52:00 Sacramento Kings: 1:52:00-1:55:00 San Antonio Spurs: 1:55:00-1:57:00 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2020
Eastern Conference NBA Bubble Preview w/ John Hollinger
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Episode Time Stamps:  General Overall Thoughts on the East: 2:00-5:40 Milwaukee Bucks: 5:40-15:30 Toronto Raptors: 15:30-23:10 Miami Heat: 23:10-30:15 Boston Celtics: 30:15-37:45 Philadelphia 76ers: 37:45-46:20 Indiana Pacers: 46:20-50:50 Orlando Magic: 50:50-54:45 Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets: 54:45-end Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 10, 2020
New Home and 2020 NBA Draft Scouting with Matt Pennie
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Timestamps:  Intro to The Athletic: 0:00 to 4:00 Matt Pennie Intro: 4:10-7:00 Overall Thoughts on 2020 Draft: 7:00-16:00  Nico Mannion: 16:30-24:00 Who would you take at No. 1?: 24:00-31:00 Anthony Edwards: 31:00-39:00 Who is Pennie's favorite prospect? 39:30-45:00 Rapid Fire Prospects: 45:00-End Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2020
The NBA Defense Episode: Evaluating who the best defenders are in the league
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In this episode, Sam is joined by Jon Krawczynski and Danny Leroux to break down NBA defensive standouts. On Wednesday, Krawczynski and Josh Robbins published their anonymous coaches poll of who should make the All-NBA defensive team. What did the coaches look for in their conversations with Jon? What were the trends? Did anything surprise them about how the coaches voted?  Then, I chat with Danny Leroux, and we chat about what we look for when evaluating defenders as public facing analysts. How do we contextualize scheme? How do we look at effort defensively throughout the regular season? Who are some of the best defenders, and what are some of the differences we'd have with the coaches from taking a league-wide view?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2020
Emoni Bates to MSU; Who are the best prospects in the NBA?
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A two-part episode. First, I chat with Brian Snow of 247Sports about Emoni Bates and his decision to commit to Michigan State. How good is Bates? Is he a superstar in waiting? What does this mean for Michigan State? And what do you need to know about when he can enter the NBA? Then, Seth Partnow from The Athletic joins and we break down my recently released 2020 NBA Rookie Scale Prospect Rankings. What is the process for something like this? Where does Seth think I missed? Did I get the top 10 guys right?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2020
What are you most looking forward to in the NBA's return?
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Dieter Kurtenbach is back in this episode of the Game Theory Podcast, where we break down a few different topics about the Bubble, about labor strife in baseball, and most importantly: what are we most looking forward to watching when the NBA returns?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 19, 2020
Bubble Talk, Kyrie's Player Meeting, and NBA Draft w/ Tony Jones
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I chatted with Tony Jones from The Athletic, and we chatted about the Kyrie meeting, the NBA Bubble and restart, and the 2020 NBA Draft.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2020
NBA Draft Guards Breakdown with Rashad Phillips
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I've wanted to get Rashad Phillips on the podcast to chat for a while, so I got on the phone with him today to chat about some of the guards in the 2020 NBA Draft. We disagree a lot! We both like LaMelo Ball, but have very different evaluations on RJ Hampton. We like Grant Riller, but disagree on Jahmi'us Ramsey. All that and more on all of the guards in the 2020 NBA Draft.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 26, 2020
NBA Draft Prospects Talk with Matt Babcock
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In this episode, I chatted with former NBA agent Matt Babcock from over at Babcock Hoops. We chatted about the top of this draft class, the point guard group, the big men, the weakness of the wing class, and some of the guys you would pound the table for in this class in the second round.  We ran through just about everyone in an hour.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 12, 2020
NBA's New G League Youth Initiative; The Last Dance; NFL Draft
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In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach. First, we discuss the G League's initiative to pay high school prospects to turn pro. Why I like the idea of it, but am a bit skeptical going forward.  Second, we chat about The Last Dance, and how great it is while also not bringing anything new to the table.  Finally, we chat about the NFL Draft for a while, and Dieter yells about SPARQ scores.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 28, 2020
NBA Draft: What do you look for in a prospect with John Hollinger?
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In this episode, current senior writer at The Athletic and former Memphis Grizzlies executive John Hollinger and I break down the 2020 NBA Draft. We run through what we look for in prospects, the pre-draft process's value, and break down a lot of the highest profile prospects in the 2020 draft.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2020
NBA Awards Votes if season ends; Tiger King; NBA Draft stuff
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In this episode, actual basketball content! We break down the NBA Awards we would vote for if the season ends today (and it looks like it might). MVP, All-NBA, DPOY, all the good stuff. But we open on a couple of things, including a hilarious scuttled Knicks-Hornets deal, and the sham that is the NCAA's agency accreditation process. Finally, we talk about Tiger King and the Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience, both of which were definitely experiences.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2020
The US coronavirus response is lacking; Basketball Mailbag and Bad Movies
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In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach joins. We went heavy on the US response to the coronavirus epidemic for the first 21 minutes. If you're not interested in listening to complaints about the federal government's response to COVID-19, then skip to the 21:00 mark.  Then, we chat about Josh Harris and the 76ers trying to convince their employees to take a pay cut. And we close out by answering mailbag questions from listeners. Some stuff on the Cavaliers' backcourt, the Warriors offseason, the NBA Draft, and then some thoughts on what the best bad movies are to watch during quarantine.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2020
NBA Draft Re-set as the coronavirus leaves us frozen in time
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In this episode, Chris Stone from The Sporting News joins us to chat about Kansas, its national title banner, and how I want them to do it.  Then, we break down the NBA Draft and Chris and I run through a lot of the prospects.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2020
Coronavirus hits the sports and basketball world
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In this episode, Dieter joins and we talk for some time about coronavirus, the bummer that is the sports world, and what you can watch in the meantime without sports. Oh, and some coaching carousel stuff.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 17, 2020
Rockets on fire; Bulls Boot Camp Part Deux; Collin Sexton!
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In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach joins to chat about the Houston Rockets being super fun and enjoyable; the Bulls being a total mess; and Collin Sexton! Collin Sexton is a legitimately good scorer! Oh, and I made Dieter talk with me about the Democratic Primary.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2020
The Bucks should be the clear, No. 1 title contender
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Because it doesn't seem like anyone is talking enough about how the Bucks are one of the literal best teams in NBA history through 58 games, I had The Athletic's Eric Nehm on to break down how exceptional this team is. Why they're so good, and why we should believe in them come title time.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 27, 2020
What is going on with the 76ers? with Derek Bodner
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The 76ers remain the most fascinating team in the league to me, so I decided to make Derek Bodner come on and chat about it. He's the most plugged-in person in the market, so if he can't figure it out, no one can, right? We leave no stone unturned, chatting about the Al Horford fit, the Ben Simmons-Joel Embiid fit, the offensive concerns, has the defense been good enough, and finally, the front office's performance. What should the team do? And what should their expectations be the rest of the way? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 24, 2020
The Clippers, the Lakers, and the Rest of the West Playoff Picture
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In this episode, I'm joined by Jovan Buha from The Athletic, and we chat about the NBA now that we've hit the proverbial "Second Half."  We start on the Brooklyn Nets with news of Kyrie Irving being out for the year. How does this affect the rest of their season? But more importantly, how does this affect their future planning with Kevin Durant coming back soon? Will they make some tough decisions this summer? Then, we move on and break down the Western Conference. We focus for about 35 minutes on the Los Angeles teams, how they match up with one another, what their strengths are, and most importantly what their biggest weaknesses are heading into the playoffs? Also, what do we think of the recent additions of Markieff Morris and Reggie Jackson?  Then we chat about the rest of the West. Which of Utah, Denver or Houston are we worried about most (sorry Denver, who we didn't talk enough about)? Which of Oklahoma City or Dallas is the team you want to play the least? Which team gets the No. 8 seed? Also, shout out to sponsors Keeps and Bet Online.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2020
College Basketball Reset! Also, All-Star Game and John Beilein
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In this episode, Jim Root from the Three Man Weave joins, and we start with All-Star weekend, breaking down what we thought of the increase competitiveness of the event this year.  Then, we move to John Beilein, chatting about why this thing didn't work, why I don't expect him to coach the Cavs again, and what could happen with him next? Then we get into the main portion of the episode, talking about the entire college basketball season. Why is the talent level down in college basketball? Are there any great teams? Which teams do we trust most? We talk about almost all of the best teams in the country. We talk about the national player of the year race and who the best players in the country are (including my spiel on Luka Garza).  Then, we close on the five players we like to watch most in college basketball this year, in addition to our favorite futures bets to win the national title.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2020
What are the Warriors doing? All-Star Weekend; Oscars!
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In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach. First, I explain where the podcast has been. Then, I chat with Dieter about the Warriors-Timberwolves trade. What are the Warriors doing? Where are they going from here? Then we chat about All-Star weekend. And finish on the Oscars, and my excitement about Parasite winning.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2020
NBA Draft Prospects from a college perspective and thoughts on Kobe
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In this episode, I get with Rob Dauster over at NBC Sports and we chat about a few different topics. We open with 15 minutes on Kobe Bryant, then we move on to discuss Coach K yelling at the Duke fans like a crazy person because it's hilarious.  Finally, we spend the majority of the podcast talking about prospects. Who has impressed Rob? What do we think of Anthony Edwards? What do we think of Memphis' guys? Of guys like Saddiq Bey, Daniel Oturu, and the players at Gonzaga? All that and a lot more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2020
Who should make the 2020 NBA All-Star game?
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In this episode, I'm joined by Dieter Kurtenbach, where we chat about who should make the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. We run through in categories and by conference. We say who the No-Doubters are, the very likely guys, and the wild cards who could crash the party. Then we chat a bit about movies, about the Oscars, and about the Baseball Hall of Fame at the end.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22, 2020
Celtics and Jazz are fun; Kyrie goes Kyrie for the first time in Brooklyn
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In this episode, I'm joined by Michael Pina from SB Nation, the Winning Plays Podcast, and the Open Floor podcast.  We chatted about a few things. First we hit quickly on the Atlanta-Minnesota deal at the top. Then, we chatted about Kyrie Irving making comments about what he thinks is or is not the future core of the Nets roster, and why naming names is never a good idea.  Then, we move to Boston, and chat about why Boston has been so good this year.  And finally, we close on Utah, who is on a fun little winning run here largely centered around Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, and moving Joe Ingles into the starting lineup.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 17, 2020
Is the NBA Media Biased? Also, Clemson-LSU, Oscars, Aaron Rodgers and more
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In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach is back, and we really run the gamut of sports. We talk Green Bay-San Francisco, then Clemson-LSU and Dabo Swinney.  Then, we move into the meat of the episode, where we discuss if the NBA Media is Biased toward big markets.  Finally, we chat about the Oscars. Or rather, I talk about the Oscars and Dieter nods along in agreement.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 15, 2020
Drummond on the move? CP3 is still awesome; 76ers and trades
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In this episode, Danny Leroux joins the podcast and we chat about Andre Drummond and Chris Paul. First, we break down Andre Drummond potentially moving on from Detroit, particularly potentially to Atlanta. Then, we chat about Drummond and Detroit and whether or not Detroit should do it?  Then, we chat about Chris Paul, and Chris Paul's start to the season. Should he be an all-star? And should he be on the trade market? And why is Philadelphia the best spot?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 03, 2020
The NBA Trade Market Reset: what potential moves are out there?
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In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I run through the NBA Trade Market. What are the biggest potential deals on the market? What are our favorite ones that could be under the radar, but could help NBA teams and contenders improve? We run through nearly every team in the league at some point in a free-flowing conversation that goes a lot of different directions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2019
Ayton Returns; Clippers Are Good; NBA Draft News
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In this episode, Cole and I break down a few different things. First, Deandre Ayton returned to action against the Clippers last night, so we stop and break down the game. Then, we chat about the Clippers and their overall play this year, particularly since Paul George has been back.  We close on NBA Draft news. We chat about LaMelo Ball's injury, Cole Anthony's injury, R.J. Hampton's injury, Myles Powell's injury, then move on to some sleeper guys we like, including Spencer Jones. Payton Pritchard, Robert Woodard, Kaleb Wesson, Mason Jones, Joel Ayayi   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 19, 2019
NBA Draft Big Board Update where Cole asks the Questions
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In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker, except the typical format of the podcast gets turned on its head. Cole gets to ask me the questions this time, about my overall opinions on this draft class, some format and philosophy questions on the draft, and more. We talk about the Race for No.1, some sleepers, and some more interesting players across the board.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2019
NBA Surprises Through The First Quarter
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Cole Zwicker and Sam discuss some of the fun early-season stories, including Davis Bertans and Washington, Devonte Graham and PJ Washington, the Spurs being bad, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 12, 2019
Knicks Fire Fizdale; Cavs' Revolt; Sleeper Draft Prospects
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In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about a variety of topics. First, the Knicks fire David Fizdale. Was it earned? What happens now? Then, the Cavaliers aren't happy with John Beilein. What happens next?  Then, we chat Vernon Carey, Paul Reed, Romeo Weems, Terrance Shannon Jr, Yves Pons, and Aaron Wiggins.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2019
The Top of the Eastern Conference is loaded; Rockets; The Irishman
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In this episode of the podcast, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about the top of the Eastern Conference. We start with the Bucks because not enough people are talking about how dominant Milwaukee has been to start the year. Then we move to Miami and its super fun group of players, we talk about the Celtics and their cohesion, the Raptors and the leaps they've gotten from young players, and the roller coaster that is watching 76ers games.  Then, we move on to the Rockets and how watching them play is a bit frustrating. We close on The Irishman and Knives Out, two movies were very wildly different experiences.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 05, 2019
NBA Draft Prospect Grab Bag: Wiseman, Haliburton, Arizona, more
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In this podcast, Cole Zwicker and Sam run through their overall thoughts on a big variety of prospects.  Somewhat in order of who we discuss:  James Wiseman, Tyrese Haliburton, Isaac Okoro, Arizona, Grant Riller, , Florida, Kira lewis, Myles Powell, Aaron Nesmith, Jahmi'us Ramsey, Tyrell Terry, Mason Jones, Franz Wagner Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2019
Anthony Edwards Explosion, Duke Loses, Maui Invitational Prospects
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In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I break down a bunch of different college prospects. We start with Anthony Edwards' massive explosion against Michigan State, where he scored 33 points in 15 minutes in the second half.  Then, we move on to the Michigan State prospects, including Cassius Winston, Aaron Henry, and Xavier Tillman.  Then, in this order, we jumped around to other teams and players: Landers Nolley, Obi Toppin, The Kansas guys, UCLA.  Finally, we close on the Duke Loss to Stephen F. Austin, and why we're seeing so many high-end upsets this season. Then, we break down Duke's prospects and how they've looked.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2019
The Yearly Bulls Crisis Podcast with Ricky O'Donnell
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In this episode, Ricky O'Donnell from SB Nation joins for our yearly "Bulls in Crisis" podcast. In this edition, we discuss Jim Boylen being a disaster, the players struggling, management, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2019
NBA Ratings are down: should the NBA be worried?
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In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach joins me to talk about the NBA ratings stuff. Does it matter that the NBA ratings are down? Should the alarm bells be going for the league? Is this an actual issue of viewership? Or is it a monetization problem where the NBA needs to figure out how to sell advertising in regard to internet viewers? Is it a surprise? What matters here?  We chatted about movies, too. What are the best movies I've seen this year? What did Dieter think of The Irishman?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 20, 2019
Are these NBA Draft Prospects for real? With Cole Zwicker
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In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I break down NBA Draft prospects. Particularly, we start with James Wiseman, move onto the rest of Memphis-Oregon.  Then, we have our typical "LaMelo Ball's Australian Journey" segment.  Then, we move to Stock Up/Stock Down, where we break down Isaac Okoro, Devin Vassell, Paul Reed, Isaiah Stewart, Jaden McDaniels, Kentucky, Onyeka Okongwu, Zeke Nnaji, Wendell Moore Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2019
Is this start for real? NBA teams edition
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In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I break down the starts for seven teams across the NBA and decide whether or not these starts or real or if they're fool's gold in one way or another.  The New York Knicks, the Phoenix Suns, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics, and the Philadelphia 76ers.  This episode is brought to you by Manscaped.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2019
NBA Draft Preview: Bigs and Forwards
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Cole joins the pod, and we break down the bigs and forwards in this draft class for like 90 minutes. It's a lot. James Wiseman, Isaiah Stewart, Jaden McDaniels, Precious Achiuwa, Matthew Hurt, Patrick Williams, and many, many, many more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2019
The Only, Supersized College Basketball Preview with the Three Man Weave
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In this episode, I'm joined by the Three Man Weave guys (Jim, Matt, and Ky) to preview college basketball. We use and explain Season Long Pool to discuss and jump into each conference and team. We go through the Big Ten, ACC, Big East, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC. Plus, we chat about the other leagues and some of our most interesting teams to watch.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2019
Early NBA season thoughts; Rookie Extension Deadline Breakdown
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In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I run through a lot of different topics!  -Ayton suspended and Bagley hurt -Early season thoughts on: Karl-Anthony Towns, Cleveland and the grand point guard experiment, Markelle Fultz, the Miami Heat are crazy athletic, Ja Morant, Luka Doncic, and Trae Young. Then, we did our typical Melo Ball segment. Finally, we jumped into Rookie Extensions. Pascal Siakam max with All-NBA. Jaylen Brown 4/103 with incentives. Buddy Hield: 4/86 4/94 achievable, 4/106 higher end. Domantas Sabonis 4/77. Cedi Osman 4/31 with last year non guarantee. Dejounte Murray 4/64. Taurean Prince: 2/29 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2019
BOLD predictions for the 2019-20 NBA Season
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Back again for what I think is the third straight year, Dieter Kurtenbach joins to give bold predictions on the NBA season. We run through the best fiery takes on the 76ers, the Lakers, the Heat, the Kings, the Warriors, the Pacers, the Rockets, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2019
Beal Extension,; Zion Injury; Preseason Thoughts; NBA Draft Wings Preview
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In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins and we run through some news, some NBA preseason thoughts, and then preview NBA Draft wings.  First, we discuss Bradley Beal extension and its effects on both the Wizards and Beal. Then, we chat the Warriors keeping Marquese Chriss over Alfonzo McKinnie. We move then to Zion Williamson's injury, and some preseason thoughts on guys like Michael Porter Jr., the Bulls, the Mavericks, and Tyler Herro.  Then, we chat about NBA Draft wing prospects in this class. Oh, and we chatted about Joker. Don't @ me.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2019
2019 NBA Western Conference Win Total Over/Under Betting Predictions
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In this episode, friend of the program Robby Kalland from UPRoxx Sports joins the podcast, and we chat about Eastern Conference Over/Under Win totals in the NBA.  The order we go in: Golden State, LA Clippers, LA Lakers, Phoenix, Sacramento Then, Denver, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Portland, Utah Then, Dallas, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, San Antonio Finally, we finish with NBA title odds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2019
2019 NBA Eastern Conference Win Total Over/Under Betting Predictions
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In this episode, friend of the program Robby Kalland from UPRoxx Sports joins the podcast, and we chat about Eastern Conference Over/Under Win totals in the NBA.  The order we go in: Boston, Brooklyn, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto Then, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, Milwaukee Then, Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando, Washington Finally, we finish with MVP odds.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2019
2020 NBA Draft: LaMelo Ball's NBL start; preseason Lead Guard Breakdown
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In this episode, Cole Zwicker is here and we break down some early thoughts on the 2020 NBA Draft. Why this draft is still totally wide open. Then, we jump into breaking down LaMelo Ball's start in the NBL and the hype that it's generated already. Where are we on this? What do we think of Melo as a prospect? Then, we move on to Cole Anthony, and why we're super, super high on him. We then jump into Anthony Edwards and James Wiseman, and why they're both upper-echelon prospects.  Then, the rest of the podcast is breaking down the other point guards who will be eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft. Who are the names you need to know? Also: why this is a particularly strong lead guard group.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 25, 2019
Why the US didn't care about the World Cup, and why Tim Tebow is wrong
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In this episode, it's the first one with me as a married podcaster. Dieter joins, discusses the wedding, then we move onto a few different topics. First, we discuss the FIBA World Cup from the US perspective. Why it really doesn't matter, and why I just couldn't really get myself to care about any of it.  Then, we move to the California bill. Tim Tebow went on TV and showed his ass to everyone, which we discuss in detail. Then, we go into the California bill, discuss why it matters, why it might not really actually change anything for the NCAA, but why it's overall good.  Finally, we talk about Caris LeVert's extension, Eric Gordon's extension, and the audacity of hope within trainer workout videos of NBA players. Oh, and we talk about a bunch of movies.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2019
Top Eight NBA Players, 23 and Under
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In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker, where we run through our yearly tradition, where we break down our top-25 players who are 23 or younger in the NBA. As usual, the rules are simple: any player born in 1996 or later in eligible that is currently in the NBA. We break them down based off of what their future value to the NBA is, not necessarily what their current standing league-wide is.  In this one, we run through the nine players ranked in the top-eight.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2019
Top 25 NBA Players, 23 and Under: Nos. 16 to 9
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In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker, where we run through our yearly tradition, where we break down our top-25 players who are 23 or younger in the NBA. As usual, the rules are simple: any player born in 1996 or later in eligible that is currently in the NBA. We break them down based off of what their future value to the NBA is, not necessarily what their current standing league-wide is.  In this one, we run through the nine players ranked 16th through 9th, as well as discuss some of the honorable mentions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2019
Top 25 NBA Players, 23 and Under: Nos. 25 to 17
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In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker, where we run through our yearly tradition, where we break down our top-25 players who are 23 or younger in the NBA. As usual, the rules are simple: any player born in 1996 or later in eligible that is currently in the NBA. We break them down based off of what their future value to the NBA is, not necessarily what their current standing league-wide is.  In this one, we run through the nine players ranked 25th through 17th, as well as discuss some of the honorable mentions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2019
Magic Johnson's Movie List and NBA Draft Nike Academy Recap
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In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker where we break down Magic Johnson's movie list, as well as all of the players who participated in the Nike Academy event this weekend, including Cole Anthony, Kahlil Whitney, Scottie Lewis, Udoka Azubuike, Obi Toppin, Charles Bassey, and many, many more. Oh yeah, and Michael Porter made a oopsy.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 14, 2019
The Rich Paul Rule, Durant Speaks, and The Warriors Will Be Good
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In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach joins and we chat about a variety of things. First, we chat about the Rich Paul Rule, and why it's total bullshit on behalf of the NCAA. Then, we chat about Kevin Durant's interview with Chris Haynes, then about Kemba Walker, the Hornets, and the Celtics. We finish on mental health in the NBA and a new initiative by the league.  Oh, and we chat feral hogs and people getting angry on the internet.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2019
Draymond Green Extension, McCollum Extension, 2020 Free Agents
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In this episode, it's a two-parter! First, Dieter Kurtenbach joins and we break down the Draymond Green four-year, $100 million extension -- as well as his role in the historical context of the NBA.  Then, we chat with Cole Zwicker about a variety of topics. We break down CJ McCollum's three-year, $100 million extension, followed by breaking down the weak 2020 free agency class. It gets dire in a hurry, but there are at least some interesting names worth bringing up including Andre Drummond, DeMar DeRozan, Mike Conley, Derrick Favors, Fred VanVleet, and more.  Finally, we jump into some draft prospects. First we talk Game Theory Podcast favorite Isaiah Joe. Then we run through some of the interesting returning prospects in the NCAA. This part jumps around.  Oh, and we read an absolutely legendary podcast review. I think it's the greatest in Game Theory Podcast history.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2019
Analytics and the NBA with Seth Partnow
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Seth is back! My new colleague at The Athletic, Seth Partnow, joins the show and we chat about a variety of topics surrounding analytics in the NBA, including shot distribution, over/underrated players, what is different about the team side versus the public side, and more. As former Director of Research for the Bucks, Seth has a wide number of areas of expertise.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 31, 2019
Beal Extension/Trades/; 2019 Rookie Extensions w/ Cole Zwicker
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In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about three topics. First, we chat about Bradley Beal, and the Wizards options for him. What should they do if he doesn't sign the extension? Should they trade him? If they decide to move him, which team has the best package of assets?  Then, we chat briefly about Dragan Bender. What are his odds of resurrecting his career in Milwaukee?  Finally, we break down the potential 2019 Rookie extension candidates. First, we talk about the deals Ben Simmons and Jamal Murray have already signed. Then, we move to Pascal Siakam, Jaylen Brown, Buddy Hield, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Brandon Ingram, Dario Saric, Caris LeVert, Jakob Poeltl, Domantas Sabonis, Taurean Prince, Juan Hernangomez, Malik Beasley, Dejounte Murray. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2019
The Tampering Pod; the Clippers; Wizards front office
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In this episode, Dieter and I talk about the the Clippers, then we take a brief tangent onto baseball and the trade deadline, then we chat about Tampering and its effect on the league. How do we fix it, does it matter, and more? Then we chat about the weird Wizards front office stuff, followed by some thoughts on the World Cup and whether or not we care.  Oh, and we chatted about some movies.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 24, 2019
Westbrook-CP3 Trade; NBA Summer League Recap
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In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about two subjects: the Russell Westbrook-Chris Paul trade, and NBA Summer League. First, we talk for half an hour about why the Westbrook-Paul deal might be the most interesting in the NBA. Then, we break down what we think each team looks like going forward.  Then, we run deep into Summer League, where Cole makes me talk about like 25 more players than I actually wanted to.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2019
Kawhi Leonard Trade from All Angles with Cole Zwicker
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In this episode, Cole joins and we break down what happened with the Kawhi Leonard deal. How does it shift the balance of power in the NBA? How does it change the stakes across the league? What will the Clippers look like? Are they title favorites? Where does Oklahoma City go from here? Should they trade Russell Westbrook? Can Masai Ujiri turn Toronto around? Finally, what do the Lakers do now? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2019
NBA FREE AGENCY MADNESS EMERGENCY PODCAST with Cole Zwicker
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In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins and we break down what ended up being a completely bonkers opening day of free agency. We break down Kevin Durant and Kyrie to the Nets, D'Angelo Russell to the Warriors, Al Horford, Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson to the 76ers, Jimmy Butler heading to Miami, Kemba to the Celtics, Terry Rozier to the Hornets, Orlando running it back, Milwaukee mostly running it back without Brogdon, Indiana and Utah doing really well, and the Knicks. Oh, the Knicks. The Knicks went full Knicks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2019
NBA Free Agency Preview, Lakers stuff with Dieter Kurtenbach
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In this episode, I chat with Dieter about a bunch of free agency stuff, including Harrison Barnes, the Lakers, Kemba Walker, Al Horford, a quick Kevin Durant update, and the rest of free agency. Oh yeah, and we chat about a couple of movies we've seen recently.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2019
2019 NBA Draft Top-10 Prospects Breakdown; Conley Trade; Horford Opt-Out
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On the pod I'm joined by Cole Zwicker. We start by breaking down the Mike Conley trade, then move into the Al Horford opt-out.  Then, we do the top-10 prospects on my big board:  10. Sekou Doumbouya 9. Cam Reddish 8. Goga Bitadze 7. Coby White 6. Darius Garland 5. Jarrett Culver 4. De'Andre Hunter 3. R.J. Barrett 2. Ja Morant 1. Zion Williamson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2019
2019 NBA Mock Draft; Anthony Davis Trade Thoughts with Cole Zwicker
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In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker. We break down the Anthony Davis deal and run through all of the pieces of the trade. We actually kind of like this deal for both sides! Then, we do a 2019 NBA Mock Draft through the first round, where we go back and forth and take our picks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2019
NBA Draft Big Board Nos. 20 through 11; Kevin Durant injury
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In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker where we break down the wild Game 5 between the Raptors and Warriors, including Kevin Durant's injury. We try and look at it from all angles, and look at why it's an incredible bummer on all accounts.  Then, we break down the prospects ranked 20th through 11th on my big board. Here's the order.  20. PJ Washington 19. Romeo Langford 18. Tyler Herro 17. Rui Hachimura 16. Nickeil Alexander-Walker 15. Grant Williams 14. Kevin Porter Jr.  13. Jaxson Hayes 12. Brandon Clarke 11. Nassir Little Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 12, 2019
Raptors take 3-1 series lead and dominate Warriors at home
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In this episode, I get with Dieter Kurtenbach and we chat about the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant, the Warriors dynasty, the Raptors unbelievable play, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2019
NBA Draft Big Board, Nos. 30-21; Warriors take Game 2 in NBA Finals
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In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I break down Game 2 of the NBA Finals and where the series stands heading the rest of the way.  Then, we start our NBA Draft Big Board series, where we have conversations about all of the top-30 prospects in the class. We break down Nos. 30 through 21 on my board. Here's the rundown:  30. Eric Paschall 29. Chuma Okeke 28. Luguentz Dort 27. Carsen Edwards 26. Cam Johnson 25. Luka Samanic 24. KZ Okpala 23. Mfiondu Kabengele 22. Keldon Johnson 21. Nic Claxton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 05, 2019
NBA Finals Game One Review, Raptors beat Warriors
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In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach joins to break down Game One of the NBA Finals. lot of fun talk here breaking down a big game one win for the Raptors.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2019
NBA Finals Preview, RJ Hampton Discussion, NBA Draft Decisions
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In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins the podcast and we jump around to every level of basketball within the course of an hour and a half. First, we discuss the NBA Finals, previewing what figures to be a fascinating series from an Xs and Os standpoint and giving our prediction on who comes away with the win.  Then, we talk about the R.J. Hampton decision. What does the decision say about college basketball and its role in the ecosystem? How does this affect Hampton? We try to run through all of the nuances, particularly surrounding development.   Finally, we chat about some NBA Draft decisions, and give some in-depth Ja Morant takes at the end of the podcast.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 29, 2019
All-Defense and All-Rookie teams; NBA Draft Combine Thoughts
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In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker. We break down the All-Rookie and All-Defense teams, noting what our teams would look like in each situation and what our mindsets are on how to vote for these teams.  Then, we chatted about the NBA Draft Combine. Who stood out? Who were some of the interesting players in attendance?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2019
NBA Draft Lottery Madness: What happens now?
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In this episode of the podcast, I chat with good friend of the program Cole Zwicker, where we break down all the madness that unfolded as the New Orleans Pelicans ended up winning the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, with Memphis moving up to 2, the Knicks to No. 3, and the Lakers up to NO. 4.  Then, we chat about my experiences here at the G League Combine. Finally, we give some hot takes on Game of Thrones.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2019
NBA Playoffs, do NBA TV Ratings matter?, Jokic/Kawhi/Giannis/KD w/ Dieter Kurtenbach
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Dieter Kurtenbach jumps on to chat with me about like 100 different things in a very scattered podcast. We start with Liverpool (because of course), then go into Dieter deciding to throw fire on the Rockets with a joke tweet about how Adam Silver should fix the Finals for the Warriors in order to help the TV ratings. But then we actually decide to chat seriously about the topic of why the discussion about TV ratings within sports (particularly as it refers to NBA TV ratings) is flawed.  Then we chat about the Warriors-Rockets series, then Denver-Portland (Jokic!), Raptors-Sixers (Kawhi!), and Celtics-Bucks (Giannis!). Finally, we finish on Game of Thrones for 10 minutes.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 08, 2019
Breaking Down Each Conference Semifinal Series; NBA Draft talk w/ Cole Zwicker
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In this podcast, Cole Zwicker and I break down, in order: Golden State-Houston Boston-Milwaukee Toronto-Philadelphia Denver-Portland,  Then, we chat about a bunch of different NBA Draft-related topics, including the great Grant Williams-Rui Hachimura debate of 2019.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 01, 2019
DAME Appreciation Podcast; What have we learned from the NBA playoffs?
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In this episode, Cole Zwicker returns! We chat about what's been going on with Cole the last year. Then, we move on to Damian Lillard, and his place in the NBA right now after his series winner against Oklahoma City. Then, we chat about takeaways from the playoffs from the perspective of team-building? How has what we've seen affected the way we go about trying to most effectively create a champion?  After that, we start to preview second round playoff series. The Bucks-Celtics, then the potential Warriors-Rockets, and finally the Raptors-Sixers. Who do we think wins those series?  Finally, we chat about some draft takes, including who Cole would have at No. 2 on his board right now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 24, 2019
NBA Playoffs with Michael Pina, including Simmons, 76ers, Celtics, Lillard and more
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In this episode, I chat with Michael Pina from over at SB Nation about a lot of different NBA playoffs stuff. We spend the first 25 minutes on the Ben Simmons explosion, Embiid being out, and the 76ers general strategy of team building. Then we talk about the Celtics and Pacers series, and then bounce around a bunch around the rest of the NBA playoffs. This includes a fire take from Pina on who will win the title.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2019
Panic Meter for NBA Playoff Series after Game 1
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In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about every Game 1 in the NBA Playoffs series. We frame each series with a Panic Meter: a 0 to 5 rating of how panicked each team should be after Game 1 of the series, and then discuss what we saw in each game. We start with Utah-Houston, then go to Indiana-Boston, then Orlando-Toronto, then San Antonio-Denver, then Oklahoma City-Portland, then Milwaukee-Detroit, Clippers-Golden State, and finish on Brooklyn-Philadelphia.  The podcast is sponsored by Robinhood. Go to gametheory.robinhood.com.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2019
The Magic Johnson Just Quit/Playoff Preview Podcast
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In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about the BANANAS last few days of the regular season. We start with Magic Johnson's hilarious, impromptu, WTF-level resignation.  Then, we talk about the last couple of days of the regular season. Jamal Crawford goes for a 50-piece, Dirk and Wade are done, and more, including the most absurd Trail Blazers box score in the history of box scores.  Then, we talk about playoff series, and preview the ones we're most looking forward to.  Finally, we talked about Us, the Jordan Peele movie and the last film I've seen in theatres before my absurd trips took me away from the podcast.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2019
Previewing the NBA Draft Prospects in the NCAA Tournament
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In this episode, I hop on with Chris Stone from Sporting News, and we preview every matchup in the NCAA Tournament from an NBA Draft perspective. What games and prospects do you need to watch? What should you be watching for? What are the fun games to look out for? When should you be glued to your TV?  We go in order of the bracket, starting with the entire left side then moving to the right side.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 20, 2019
Who will Impact the NBA the most in 2019?
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In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach, where we break down the people across the NBA that will shape the league most in the calendar 2019 year. Obviously it includes both on and off the floor personalities that will play a critical part in creating the future of the league, including Kevin Durant, Rich Paul, Kyrie Irving, Magic Johnson, and more, then additionally guys like Bradley Beal, Mike Budenholzer, Zion Williamson and Kemba Walker.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2019
Celtics and Warriors; Lakers mess; The West teams chasing the Dubs
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In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about the Celtics-Warriors game last night, the ultimate narrative game of this NBA season thus far. We chat about Kyrie Irving's weird media stuff, the effect that the off-court stuff has had on the Celtics, and where there's still time for the season to turn around. Then, we chat about DeMarcus Cousins struggling a bit for the Warriors.  Then we move to the Lakers, and the mess that is their season. We chat about Jeanie Buss' comments, then we also chat about the idea that teams are out to get the Lakers.  Finally, we chat about some Western Conference teams who have impressed, including the Trail Blazers and the Nuggets, even if the Nuggets have scuffled a bit recently against good teams.  Then we talk about the Oscars, because of course I needed to talk about the Oscars.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 06, 2019
The Betting on College Basketball in March Preview Podcast with Rob Dauster
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In this episode, I chat with friend of the program Rob Dauster about college basketball. At the Game Theory Podcast, we understand that conference tournament season starts this week, presenting ample opportunity for you guys to gamble on college hoops. So to help you figure out exactly what you want to put your hard-earned dollars on, Rob and I basically re-set where we are in college basketball. We gave out our favorite picks for futures on who will win the NCAA title, then discussed the top-10 teams in-depth.  Then, we moved onto some of the more interesting teams like Kansas, Indiana, and others. Then, we played a game that Rob and I have been playing over text message for the last couple of weeks, where I read a quote from an assistant coach from my NBA Draft College Coaches Poll survey, and he tries to guess who the player is.  Sponsors: BetOnline.ag, promo code CLNS50 Harry's: Harrys.com/theory Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2019
The Should Zion Sit? and NCAA amateurism debate with Doug Gottlieb
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In this episode, I get with Doug Gottlieb from Fox Sports, where we chat about a lot of different topics centering around one all-encompassing force of takes, basketball, and fun: Zion Williamson. We talk about the should he sit the rest of the year take, the amateurism takes inherent to his situation, and whether the NCAA should upend the system. Doug and I disagree on a lot of this, which makes the talk fun.  Then, we chat about some of the prospects he's seen around the country this season that he likes more than others, and finish on RJ Barrett.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2019
Is Zion the No. 1 NBA Asset right now? Dell Demps fired, NBA Draft
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In this episode, Sam and Cole chat about Dell Demps being fired by the New Orleans Pelicans, and why the time was right. The Demps era will be known for its missed opportunities as much as anything else.  Then, they talk about what they're most looking forward to on All-Star weekend.  Next, we discuss this question: is Zion Williamson the No. 1 asset in the NBA if he was thrown into a NBA 2k Fantasy Draft style setting? I discuss why I don't think he is. Cole thinks it's a little bit more of a question.  Finally, they get into their bread and butter and discuss the draft. Why are we both so high on De'Andre Hunter? Why do they both like Brandon Clarke as much as they do? They then talk about the worst award list I've ever seen in my life, the Kareem Abdul Jabbar award top-10. Then, they bounce around to a lot of random prospects.    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2019
The Pelicans should sit Anthony Davis; the Thunder and the rest of the West
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In this episode, I talk to Dieter Kurtenbach about some NBA topics heading into the All-Star break. First, we talk about the Thunder, which leads into a conversation about the rest of the Western Conference. Do we believe in the Thunder? What are the other teams in the West we have faith in? Has Russell Westbrook been a top-12 player in the league this season?  Then, we move on and talk about Anthony Davis, whose situation in New Orleans is quickly becoming untenable. I give my idea on how to end this entire farce.  Then, Dieter talks about the Kevin Durant situation from up in the Bay Area. Kevin liked a lot of tweets calling something Dieter wrote trash after not liking any tweets since October. So we talk about that dynamic, and how weird the situation is in Golden State.  Finally, we talk about some buyout candidates briefly, and if they can help NBA teams.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 13, 2019
LIVE NBA Trade Deadline Reactions -- Fultz, Gasol, and more w/ Cole Zwicker
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In this podcast, Cole Zwicker and I break down a variety of trades. We chat about all of the deals in the order below. Then, we chat about Anthony Davis not getting dealt, and about Kevin Durant vs. the Media:  TOR: Marc Gasol for MEM: Jonas, Wright, Miles, 2024 2nd LAC: Temple, Green for MEM: Bradley — Clippers waive Gortat MIL: Nikola Mirotic, NOP: Jason Smith, Stanley Johnson, Four future seconds, DET: Thon Maker ORL: Markelle Fultz for PHI: Jonathon Simmons, OKC 1st, PHI 2nd CHI: Otto Porter Jr. for WAS: Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis, and a 2nd.  — Portis wants 16M, got offered a 40-50M extension NOP: Markieff Morris for WAS: Wes Johnson SAC: Harrison Barnes for DAL: Justin Jackson and Z-Bo PHX: Tyler Johnson, Wayne Ellington for MIA: Ryan Anderson HOU: Shumpert, Stauskas, Baldwin, CLE: Knight, Chriss, 2019 HOU 1st, SAC: Burks LAC: Zubac and Beasley for LAL: Muscala ATL: Shelvin Mack for MEM: Tyler Dorsey PHI: James Ennis for HOU: 2021 2nd POR: Skal for SAC: Swanigan HOU: 2nd for IND: Stauskas, Baldwin PHI: Malachi Richardson, a 2nd, Emir Preldzic for TOR: Cash Anthony Davis Not Dealt Kevin Durant vs. the Media Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2019
Is the Harris deal the right move for Philly? Memphis talks, more with Dave DuFour
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In this episode, Dave DuFour joins and we chat about all the trades that have gone done 24 hours out from NBA Trade Deadline. First, we break down the Tobias Harris trade to Philadelphia. Why is that a deal that makes sense for them? Is there a reason that this deal might not work? Is there an opportunity cost?  Next, we talk about the Memphis talks. What do we think of the potential Marc Gasol deal to Charlotte? What do we think of the offers for Mike Conley? Then, we chat about the Detroit-Milwaukee deal, the Detroit-Lakers deal, and the Rodney Hood trade to Portland.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 06, 2019
Why the Pelicans should wait on an Anthony Davis deal with Tony Jones
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In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Tony Jones, where they discuss the latest in As The Anthony Davis Rumors Turn, with Rich Paul leaks and information galore. Also, we play some game theory and play out some scenarios on why the Pelicans should wait to deal Anthony Davis. Also, we break down what the Lakers package is.  Next, we move to Lonzo Ball. Why it's funny Lonzo thinks he has sway in where he ends up, why Lonzo is a great fit in Phoenix, and why we still buy him overall. Then, we move on to talking about the Kristaps Porinzigs deal. Re-visiting five days after the deal, why I still don't love if for the Knicks.  Then, we move on to Mike Conley. Tony provides a bit of reporting on where the Conley talks stand, why Conley would be a great fit in Utah, why he'd make sense in a lot of places, and why the Pistons should go and try to get him, too. We also chat about Marc Gasol.  Finally, we finish on NBA Prospects talk. Some Ja Morant, some Zion, and some sleepers to watch over the next year.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2019
LIVE Reaction: Kristaps Porzingis Trade to Dallas; More Anthony Davis trades
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In this episode of the Game Theory Podcast, Cole Zwicker joins and we break down what the hell just happened. Why did the Knicks dump Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks essentially in a salary move? Do they feel this confident on Kevin Durant? What is Kristaps actual trade value? Why is this a good deal for the Mavericks? We also talk trading Anthony Davis and what such a deal could look like before we were rudely interrupted by the WojBombs. Finally, we finish on the NBA Draft, and discuss some of the prospects we've seen and been fans of recently, including the three prospects at Kentucky, Dylan Windler, Kevin Porter Jr., Matisse Thybulle, Aaron Nesmith, Aaron Wiggins, Neemias Queta, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2019
Emergency Anthony Davis Trade Speculation Podcast
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In this podcast, Dieter Kurtenbach joins to discuss everything Anthony Davis. First, we chat about the Pelicans in general, and their direction. Then, we talk about Boston, the Knicks, the Lakers, and all of the other potential deals. What is the best asset in a potential deal? Then, we continue to discuss why the Pelicans should tear the whole thing down and trade Julius Randle, Nikola Mirotic, and look into Jrue Holiday offers.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2019
NBA Trade Deadline Preview; Duke-Virginia; DPOY in College Basketball
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In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins the podcast and we preview the NBA's trade deadline. Who should be on the move? What teams could act as sellers, as a large portion of the NBA gears up to be buyers? What teams could realistically act as buyers? What names should be on the market? What are the Grizzlies going to do, and what is the market for their stars?  Then, we move on to college. We break down what we liked in Virginia-Duke on Saturday, then move on to discuss Nassir Little's breakout week. Finally, we chat about Defensive Player of the Year in the NCAA, after the Naismith Award released its 15-person watch list for its award (an immensely frustrating list missing two of the top-10 defenders in the country) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 23, 2019
James Harden's run; Luka Doncic coverage; Best NBA Fighters w/ MGrads
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In this episode, MGrads comes on the podcast and chats about James Harden's insane scoring run, on the media coverage surrounding rookies and Luka Doncic, on the new AAU and recruiting calendar changes, on the NBA's best fighters, and on Tre Jones and Duke.  Yeah, MGrads and I really jumped around a lot.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2019
Capela hurt; Reddish goes off; Robin Lopez trades?; random prospects
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In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins and we do a split podcast. The first half is on the NBA, with us discussing the Clint Capela injury to start. Can James Harden possibly keep up this pace? Then we move to Robin Lopez. Should the Bulls hang on to him for a trade, or buy him out? We make the case that a trade between the Bulls and the Rockets could make a lot of sense, and also run through the other potential options for the Rockets to replace Capela over this stretch.  Then, we move on to Chicago in full, where Jim Boylen got more money, including more guaranteed money next season. We, uh....riff on that.  Finally, we move on and chat about the NBA Draft and some college prospect. Cam Reddish finally broke out again for Duke. Why that's important. Then, we run the gamut on Aric Holman, Terrence Davis, Tyrese Haliburton, Chuma Okeke, Rayshaun ammonds, Nic Claxton, Isaiah Roby, Jalen Pickett, and the weird Kevin Porter suspension.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 15, 2019
Midseason NBA Awards: MVP, DPOY, All-NBA, ROY, more
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In this episode, Sam is joined by Dieter Kurtenbach, where the two of them break down their midseason picks for MVP, All-NBA, DPOY, 6MOY, ROY, Most Improved and COY.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2019
Thibs out in Minnesota; Ben Simmons Debate; Parsons out; NBA Draft
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In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about the Tom Thibodeau era ending in Minnesota, the Fred Hoiberg/Ryan Saunders of it all, and what we think of the Timberbulls being no more. Next, we chat about Ben Simmons, and whether or not Ben needs to shoot to be a success in Philadelphia.  Then, we move onto some news-y stuff, like Patrick McCaw's contract being waived in Cleveland and Chandler Parsons being waived in Memphis.  Finally, we move on to draft stuff. Jordan Poole has broken out in a big way. What do we think of the Brandon Clarke archetype of player? Then, we talk about Jaxson Hayes, someone who we both like, but that Cole likes a considerable amount more than I do.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 08, 2019
Who replaces Alford at UCLA? NBA Draft Risers; Dennis Smith and Pat McCaw
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This is a two-part year-end episode. In the first 40 minutes of the episode, Rob Dauster and I talk about UCLA and Steve Alford being fired. It's a realistic assessment of what he accomplished, didn't accomplish, where the job sits in the hierarchy of college jobs, and who are the realistic candidates to replace Alford as the UCLA head coach?  Then, I spend an hour and 20 minutes with Cole Zwicker, where we jump around. First, a realistic assessment of where UCLA's prospects are from an NBA Draft perspective (hint: not good). Then, a discussion of the Patrick McCaw contract. Then, we discuss Dennis Smith Jr., and his role on the Dallas Mavericks. Why we're both a bit higher on Smith than most seem to be, and an interesting assessment of his trade value if the team decides to go that direction. Then, we have a theoretical discussion about big men in the NBA Draft. Finally, we talk about NBA Draft Risers for the last hour of the podcast. Who are the guys who have really helped themselves in the 2018 calendar year as it refers to the 2019 Draft? It includes Jarrett Culver, Ja Morant, Ty Jerome, Admiral Schofield, Grant Williams, Jaxson Hayes, and many more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2018
Anthony Davis Trade Season kicks off in earnest; Warriors problems; Celtics-Sixers
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In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach joins the show and we break down all angles of the Pelicans-Anthony Davis situation. Given that Davis is making public comments about it, LeBron and Giannis are publicly courting him, and the Pelicans have fallen to 15-20, the time is right to start looking at this seriously. What should the Pelicans do to try to keep him? What should they be looking for in a trade? Who matches up best with what the Pelicans need when this potentially comes to fruition in the summer?  Then, we move on and talk about the Warriors. Specifically, this is a two-star team right now that needs its other two stars to step up. Do we believe in Klay Thompson and Draymond Green right now?  Then, we move on to the Celtics and Sixers, and proceed to freak out a bit about both.  Finally, in the things we like section, Dieter talks about D.J. Wilson hours before the Bucks' sophomore went off for his first career double-double, and I talk about the unique path the Pacers have taken to building a team.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2018
The Suns; The Rookie Class; The 2019 Draft with Cole Zwicker
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Making a triumphant return to the podcast, Cole Zwicker joins to chat about a few interesting player development and evaluation topics.  First, we chat about the Suns. The Suns had won four straight games at the time of this recording, and seemed tailor made for a long-form breakdown to start by Cole and I given the sheer number of young players on the roster.  Then, we move into The Rookie Class. How insane has Luka been? What do we think of Jaren Jackson, Wendell Carter, Trae Young, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Miles Bridges, Marvin Bagley, and more.  Then, we chat about the draft class. Where are we on the draft class? Is it as bad as everyone says? What do we think of Romeo Langford, Quentin Grimes, Cam Reddish and R.J. Barrett, and some of the elite players?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2018
Skip vs. LeBron in a race?; Ariza trade, Dinwiddie Extension, Nuggets great, Sixers depth?
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In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about the NBA and life and technology apparently.  1:30-11:00: Could Skip Bayless beat Tom Brady or LeBron in an eight-mile race? 11:00-24:10: LOL Trevor Ariza, what happened? Breakdown of the madness of Friday's non-trade, in addition to the trade that eventually happened sending him to the Wizards for Kelly Oubre and Austin Rivers' contract.  24:10-30:15: Spencer Dinwiddie Extension makes sense for everyone 30:15: 32:10: Intro to the Nuggets section 32:10-33:10: POLICY GENIUS AD 33:10-42:20: Nuggets section in full. Just how good are they? Are they legit the No. 2 team in the West? Do we buy the defense now? 42:20-44:15: ROBINHOOD AD 44:15-57:35: The 76ers have depth issues. What can they do to fix the depth issues? Also, why the Markelle Fultz situation just continues to be a bummer all around. 57:35-59:05: HIMS AD 59:05-1:11:20: Dieter goes on a rant about technology in today's day and age, spawned by Malika Andrews' piece on the Bucks and Bulls teaching their players spacing and the gamification of practice. I think that's about the best way to describe it.  1:11:20-1:16:50: I like Emmanuel Mudiay! He's good, and why the developmental system in the NBA is kind of a little fucked right now. 1:16:50 to end: we chat about Little Drummer Girl and Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 19, 2018
Curry lands on the moon; the Bulls; the Lakers are good!; the Thunder are good!
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In this episode of the podcast, Dieter Kurtenbach makes his triumphant return from his sojourn to South America.  1:30-7:20 -- STEPHEN CURRY MOON LANDING 7:20-12:00 -- Dieter goes to Uruguay and Argentina, and likely avoids needing to be subpoenaed.  12:00-26:05 -- THE BULLS ARE A TRAIN WRECK AND DIETER GREW UP A BULLS FAN. DISCUSS THE MESS 26:05-34:00 -- THE CELTICS HAVE WON SEVEN IN A ROW AND KIND OF FIGURED THINGS OUT DESPITE INJURY 34:00-36:15 -- RXBar ad read 36:15-50:30 -- The Lakers! They're good! The defense is good now. Kyle Kuzma has taken a leap. SHould they trade Brandon Ingram?  50:30-52:45 -- Simple Contacts ad read 52:45-1:04:00 -- The Thunder are who we thought they were! They're super good! 1:04:00-1:12:40 -- The Top-12 Rookies in the 2018 Rookie Class have all been pretty good! That's weird.  1:12:40-End -- Allonzo Trier signs deal, end of podcast. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2018
The Raptors Rule; Spurs struggle; Wolves rebound; Pacers are quiet fun
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In this episode, Michael Pina from over at Vice Sports joins the show to talk about a lot of different teams. First, we chat about the Raptors, the best team in the NBA currently. Kawhi's adjustment to Toronto, Lowry's adjustment to the DeMar trade and having Kawhi, and some of the other incredible players we've seen step up, including Pascal Siakam.  Then we chat about the Spurs, and their problems. What should the Spurs do? Why is their defense so bad? Why is their shot distribution so bad? Where do they go from here this season? Should they consider tacitly losing some games and moving off some spare pieces? Then we talk Wolves. Why has the Wolves defense been so good since the Jimmy Butler trade? Should Robert Covington be the defensive player of the year in the league so far? What is happening with Karl Towns? Have I finally given up a bit on Andrew Wiggins? Finally, we move to the Pacers. Despite the Victor Oladipo injury, the Pacers are holding steady and stable. Why? How good has Domantas Sabonis been? What's going on with Myles Turner? Finally, how depth has really helped them this season.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2018
Bulls Fire Hoiberg; The Raptors are super fun; NBA Draft w/ Ricky O'Donnell
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In this episode, Ricky O'Donnell joins the podcast to chat about Fred Hoiberg getting fired by the Chicago Bulls. What do we make of the Hoiberg era? How did the Bulls front office undercut the scheme? Do we have faith in the Bulls getting out of this long-term bad run with John Paxson and Gar Forman involved? Was this really their fault and not Hoiberg's?  Then, we move on to something positive and chat about the Raptors, who we're super excited about! How did the Spurs not get any of their good young players in the Kawhi trade? Finally, we chat about Ricky's takes on the NBA Draft.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2018
NBA Draft: Ja Morant vs Darius Garland? Duke's offense; Early season sleepers
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In this episode, Chris Stone of Sporting News joins the podcast and we chat about some NBA Draft matters. Ja Morant played one of this two most critical games of his season this week, and dropped 38/9/5. What does that mean for him? Is he a potential top-10 pick? We then chat about Darius Garland's injury, and whether or not it hurts him and his stock (it doesn't). We throw Coby White and Tre Jones into the mix as well and compare and contrast the group of top point guards.  Next, we talk about Romeo Langford and Quentin Grimes' early season performances. Both have been up and down. Where are scouts and evaluators on them?  Next, we chat about how Duke's offense has developed over the first seven games. How has RJ Barrett changed his approach? How has Zion Williamson's leap changed things for them?  Then we chat about Bol Bol, who I wrote about at The Athletic this week. Finally, we finish with some early season standouts who seem to have helped themselves, including Brandon Clarke, Alpha Diallo, Jaxson Hayes, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2018
Bucks are the best team of the NBA's first quarter; Magic! West Playoff Picture
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In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about a variety of NBA topics. Intro: Start to 2:20.  Bucks: 2:20.... Bucks Offense is best in NBA: 2:20-10:45 Bucks Defense is good too (and overall): 10:45-14:55 Eric Bledsoe/Bucks Supporting Cast/Depth have been great: 14:55-20:00 Giannis is MVP at the quarter-mark of the season: 20:00-24:25.  AD FOR HIMS: 24:50-27:25 ------ The Magic... The Magic are fun! -- 27:25-30:20 What is JOnathan Isaac? -- 30:20-34:50 What do the Magic do at center, and how good as Nikola Vucevic been? -- 35:20-43:35 Aaron Gordon is good, too! -- 43:35-48:45 ----- The Celtics... The Celtics don't really have an identity yet. It's 50:00-1:06:00. Not really sure where to cut, though.  ----- The West has been really good and deep. Dieter and I pick the eight playoff teams in the Western Conference through the quarter mark of the season.  1:06:30-1:14:00ish ----- Dieter likes the fact that Kawhi Leonard has signed with New Balance. Why does he like that? It's the perfect blend of function over style. I also make a lot of semi-offensive jokes about white basketball players. 1:15:50-1:21:45   I like Allonzo Trier balling out for the Knicks: 1:21:45-1:28:00 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2018
Jazz Problems; Lakers figure things out; Draft Thoughts and more with Tony Jones
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In this episode, Tony Jones chats about the team he covers, the Utah Jazz. We break down some of the issues that currently exist on both sides of the floor, and why we think the defense is a bit more concerning than the offense right now. Then we move to some weird potential shake-up trades, including why we think the Jazz and Wizards line up really well for a big deal in January if things keep going this same way.  Then, we chat about some of the terrific rookies who have played this season, including Luka Doncic, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Next, we move to the Lakers, who are quickly figuring some things out. LeBron has been ridiculous, lineups with Lonzo have been working, and why Brandon Ingram's numbers seem a bit deceiving on the surface.  Finally, we chat about some college players. Why Tony is super high on Bol Bol, why Zion Williamson is the favorite to go No. 1, and some of the other guys who are exciting us so far.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2018
Hayward out of the starting lineup; Fultz shoulder specialist; Luka is balling
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In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about a variety of topics. First, we hit on Gordon Hayward moving out of the Celtics' starting lineup in favor of Aron Baynes. Then we talk about the Terry Rozier tweets. Then, we move to Kemba Walker, who is a legit MVP candidate right now. Can the Hornets get him some help? Then, we chat about the Warriors, and where they're going from here. Also, Dieter tells us about the time he wrote about Klay Thompson making 14 3s in a game was unimpressive, and about Klay's response.  Then, we spent a bunch of time on Markelle Fultz, and the weird situation surrounding his shoulder and its potential injury. Having said that, the Fultz situation and experiment probably needed to end for the team in its rotation.  Then, Dieter says why he likes the Clippers, and I explain why I love Luka Doncic beyond even having him at 25-1 to win Rookie of the Year. But more than that, I give my take on why I think the Trae-Luka trade made sense for both parties even with all of the information we have.  Finally, we chat about Thanksgiving and the Crimes of Grindelwald being a disappointment.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2018