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Read and React is a podcast focused on the philosophy, strategy, tactics, trends, and minutiae of the NBA. Hosted by Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber.

Read and React is a podcast focused on the philosophy, strategy, tactics, trends, and minutiae of the NBA. Hosted by Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber.


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Read and React is a podcast focused on the philosophy, strategy, tactics, trends, and minutiae of the NBA. Hosted by Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber.




What's Behind Wizards & Cavs' Success? Plus Tyrese Maxey's Improvement & Atlanta's Struggles

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber bounce around the NBA and discuss Tyrese Maxey’s recent play, how good the Wizards really are, the best passing big men of all time, and more.


The Warriors Are Surging While the Lakers & Nets Struggle

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss their concern levels for struggling teams like the Nets and Lakers, plus what’s behind the Warriors’ strong start and Ja Morant’s step forward.


Rookie Impressions, Harden's Struggles & Other Early-Season Observations

Two weeks into the NBA season, Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the early observations and trends they’ve noticed, including the rookies that have stood out, James Harden’s early struggles, what’s going on with the Lakers, and more.


2021-22 NBA Season Preview

The NBA season is finally here! Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss their expectations for the season, what they expect from each team, how awards races might shake out, and much more. Plus: analysis of the rookie extensions that were and weren't signed this week.


2021-22 League Pass Rankings

With the start of the NBA season fast approaching, Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the teams they’re most (and least) looking forward to watching this year.


Raptors, Blazers & Warriors Season Previews

Read & React's 2021-22 NBA team preview series wraps up with three of the most fascinating teams heading into the 2021-22 NBA season: the Toronto Raptors, Portland Trail Blazers, and Golden State Warriors.


76ers, Kings & Spurs Season Previews

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber react to the Nets' statement on Kyrie Irving's availability, then dive into what they expect from the 76ers, Kings and Spurs in the 2022 NBA season.


Lakers, Wolves & Pelicans Season Previews

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss their concerns over the Lakers’ revamped roster around LeBron & AD, how the Pelicans and Wolves can build high-end offenses around their stars, and much more.


Mavericks, Celtics & Rockets Season Previews

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber go in-depth on what to expect from the Mavericks, Celtics, and Rockets in the 2021-22 NBA season.


Ben Taylor on Scoring Blindness, Brooklyn's Offense, Leaguewide Trends & More

Ben Taylor of Thinking Basketball and joins Read & React to discuss how bias toward scoring inflates our perception of NBA player value, whether defense has become more important in a more offensively-powered league, expectations for the Nets’ offense in 2022, and much more. Follow & support Ben's work: Thinking Basketball podcast: Thinking Basketball YouTube:...


NBA Media Day News; Nuggets, Jazz, and Clippers Season Previews

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber break down the biggest news from the NBA’s Media Days, including Zion Williamson’s surprise foot injury, Michael Porter Jr.’s rookie extension, and more troubling comments from NBA players about the COVID vaccine. Then they preview the 2021-22 season for the Nuggets, Jazz, and Clippers.


Pistons, Hornets & Thunder Previews, Plus A Chaotic NBA News Week

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss *yet another* mini-development in the unending Ben Simmons Saga before reacting to Gersson Rosas' dismissal from the Timberwolves and vaccine hesitancy from two prominent NBA players. Then they dive into 2021-22 season previews for the Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Hornets, and Oklahoma City Thunder.


Pacers, Cavaliers & Knicks Season Previews

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the Pacers, Cavs, and Knicks' outlooks for the 2021-22 season, including what the Cavs should pay Collin Sexton, whether Julius Randle will regress after a career year, and more.


Grizzlies, Magic & Wizards Season Previews

Read & React’s offseason preview series continues with the Grizzlies, Magic, and Wizards. Plus, Ben and Jon discuss the impact of Paul Millsap signing with the Nets.


Hawks, Heat & Bulls Season Previews, Plus More Ben Simmons Drama

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber touch on yet another development in the Ben Simmons Trade Saga before sharing their expectations for the Hawks, Heat, and Bulls' upcoming seasons.


Markkanen to Cleveland, Plus Bucks, Nets & Suns Season Previews!

The Summer of the Sign-and-Trade continues as the Cavaliers acquire Lauri Markkanen in a three-team deal with the Bulls and Blazers. Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the move, then look at what to expect from the Bucks, Nets, and Suns next season.


Embiid Extension, Beverley Movement, and the NBA's Christmas Schedule

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss what Joel Embiid's four-year extension means for the Sixers and how it fits into a trend of the offseason. Then they discuss the NBA's 2021 Christmas Day schedule and which games have the most allure before dissecting the activity involving the Grizzlies, Clippers, and Timberwolves this week.


Summer League Observations, Simmons Posturing & Schröder to Boston

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber share their thoughts and observations on how Cade Cunningham, Alperen Şengün, and other 2021 draftees have played in the Las Vegas Summer League so far. Then they touch on the state of the Ben Simmons trade market and Dennis Schröder’s deal with the Celtics.


Top 30 Players in the NBA

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber rank and discuss the 30 best players in the NBA right now, including the philosophical considerations that went into making the list, the differences between primary and complementary stars, the relative value of scoring and playmaking, and where stars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, and others fall in the top 10.


The Biggest Deals of Free Agency So Far

Almost 48 hours into free agency, Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber react to some of the biggest deals of the offseason so far, including the Heat's big swings, the Bulls' bold moves, the Lakers' veteran acquisitions, and more.