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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.




2021-22 All Star Picks

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber select and discuss who they would vote to this year's All Star teams (if they had actual votes, which they regrettably do not).


Klay Is Back, the Grizz Are Surging, and Jon Is Back In on the Sixers

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber assess how Klay Thompson looked in his return and what his presence means for the Warriors moving forward. Then they discuss the red-hot Grizzlies, the Celtics’ offensive struggles, and Joel Embiid’s stellar play recently.


What Should Each Contender Look For On the Trade Market?

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the awesome matchup between the Cavs and Grizzlies on Tuesday night before identifying which players each NBA title contender could target ahead of the trade deadline. Then, they react live to the news that Zion Williamson is rehabbing his knee in Portland.


Are the Jazz the Best Team in the NBA? Plus a Lakers Check-In and Potential Trade Candidates

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber check in on the Lakers' progress over the last month and discuss the Grizzlies' success in Ja Morant's absence. Then they debate whether the Jazz are on the same level as the Warriors and Suns and potential trade candidates over the next few months.


2021-22 Third-Season NBA Awards

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss recent tumult in Portland, then dive into their MVP, all-NBA, and other awards ballots through the first third of the NBA season. All stats courtesy of Cleaning the Glass and


Buy or Sell: Suns' Title Chances, Wolves' Defense & the Bulls

Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber share their observations from Tuesday’s high-profile matchup between the Suns and Warriors, then discuss the Suns’ place in the NBA championship race, the Timberwolves’ improved defense, the Chicago Bulls, and more.


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.