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Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber dive deep into a wide range of NBA stories and topics.

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber dive deep into a wide range of NBA stories and topics.


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Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber dive deep into a wide range of NBA stories and topics.




LeBron Hates the Play-In, Plus Thoughts on Bucks-Nets

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the state of the Western Conference playoff race and what the Bucks recent win over the Nets could tell us about how the two teams might match up in a playoff series.


Blazers Slipping, Hawks Rising, and Nets Lurking

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber assess what a rough month of April means for the future of the Trail Blazers, whether the Hawks can keep building on their strong play recently, and what to make of the Nets having not had their three stars together in over two months.


Steph's Heater, Point Zion, and the Knicks

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss Steph Curry’s scorching month of April, Zion Williamson’s growth as a playmaker, the Knicks’ sustained success, Most Improved Player candidates, and the evolution of superstars.


Jamal Murray's Devastating Injury, Jokić's Offensive Peak, and Dallas' Place in the Playoff Race

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber assess the potential short- and long-term impact of Jamal Murray's devastating ACL injury, including how Denver might account for his absence in the playoffs and what this does to the Nuggets' championship window. Then, they put Nikola Jokić's season in context among the best offensive seasons in NBA history and discuss the Mavericks' chances of sneaking into the NBA title race.


Sorting Through the NBA Title Contenders

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each NBA title contender, and how those teams match up with one another.


Forecasting the Rest of the NBA Season

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber survey the landscape of the NBA entering the final two months of the season, including the rise in offensive efficiency, the hierarchy in the Western Conference, the Chicago Bulls’ future, and much more.


Trade Deadline Reactions, Plus LeBron's Ankle Injury

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber analyze the biggest deals of the NBA trade deadline and what they portend for the rest of the season and the NBA title race. Then they look at where LeBron James’ ankle injury leaves the Lakers as they enter the home stretch.


NBA Draft Prospects In the NCAA Tournament

With the first weekend of March Madness in the books, Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss what they saw from Cade Cunningham, Jalen Suggs, and other NBA Draft prospects.


Trade Deadline Primer

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber bounce around the NBA and preview which teams and players could define this year’s trade deadline. Topics include how teams like Denver, Boston, and Philadelphia can improve, what the Kings and Magic will do with their good players, and much more.


2021 NBA Mid-Season Awards

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, All-NBA teams and more through the first half of the NBA season.


Our Favorite Role Players in the NBA

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber react to the Jazz’s complaints about officiating before Listing Some Guys and discussing their favorite role players in the NBA.


Lloyd Pierce Out in Atlanta & All Star Draft

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber react to Lloyd Pierce being fired and a few reasons for the Hawks’ disappointing season to date. Then, they draft All-Star teams and talk through a hypothetical playoff series between the two squads.


Celtics Struggling, Suns Rising, and All Star Snubs

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the state of the struggling Celtics, notable players left off the All Star team, and what Phoenix’s surprise success means for the team’s present and future.


Nets Extend Win Six Straight, Clippers Quell Jazz Streak, Wolves Fire Saunders

After a jam-packed weekend in the NBA, Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber bounce around the league and discuss the Rockets' struggles, Brooklyn's six-game win streak and unstoppable offense, the Knicks' chances of actually making the playoffs, the Clippers' win over Utah, and much more.


AD's Injury, The State of the MVP Race, and How to Feel About the Bucks

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the potential immediate and long-term effects of Anthony Davis' leg injury, the changing dynamics of a fascinating MVP race, and where the Milwaukee Bucks stand after losing five in a row.


Picking All-Star Rosters

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber pick their 12-man All-Star rosters for each conference.


Utah's Makes Its Case as a Contender, and The Hornets Are Fun!

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss Utah’s surge to the top of the Western Conference, the Hornets’ playoff hopes, the problems with the charge, and much more. Plus, Jon takes an military-grade flamethrower to all hope for the New York Knicks.


Panic Meter For the Heat and Mavs

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber break down Dallas and Miami’s slow starts to the season and whether we should panic about either team. Then, they discuss possible J.J. Redick trade suitors and which destinations would make the most sense on the court.


2021 NBA Quarter-Season Awards

With more than a quarter of the NBA season gone by, Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber hand out some (hypothetical) awards to acknowledge the best players in the league to this point in the season.


First-Place Sixers, Kyrie's Impact, & Spurs Appreciation

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss whether Kyrie Irving’s scoring efficiency is sustainable, what the Sixers showed in their win over the Lakers, appropriate concern over the Mavericks, and much more.