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2019 NBA Mock Draft Podcast, Part 2

Kurt Helin was joined by the host of the College Basketball Talk podcast, Rob Dauster, for a thorough breakdown of the NBA draft. The two walk through every single pick in the first round of the draft, talking through team needs and which players fit those needs. The first ten picks are broken down over on the College Basketball Talk feed -- you can find that here -- while the final 20 picks are right here, in this podcast.


Warriors vs. Raptors NBA Finals preview

The Golden State Warriors are looking to add to their legacy as one of the most dominant teams of an era in NBA history. The Toronto Raptors are in their first Finals ever but led by a guy who already has one Finals MVP trophy. The NBA Finals are here and it's a fascinating matchup. When does Kevin Durant return and how much does he change this series if and when he does get on the court? What about DeMarcus Cousins? Can the Warriors slow Kawhi Leonard? How do the Raptors choose to cover...


What's next for Boston? Philly? Denver? Plus East playoff talk

Will Kyrie Irving stay in Boston? If not, what is Plan B? Is Jimmy Butler back in Philadelphia next season? If he is will Tobias Harris be back? What are the next steps to turn Denver into a contender. Kurt Helin of NBC Sports and Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports break down those three teams recently turned out of the playoffs. They also start off talking about teams actually in the playoffs, particularly Toronto's comeback in the Eastern Conference Finals, and how those teams can take advantage...


Breaking down Trail Blazers/Warriors, Raptors/Bucks series

Toronto controlled the tempo when it mattered and — thanks to Kawhi Leonard — ground out a 7-game win against Philadelphia, but can they do the same thing against Milwaukee? Does Portland even stand a chance against Golden State? Does Durant missing the start of this series open the door even a little? Probably not on that last question, but Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman break down both NBA Conference Finals series in this podcast, talking about the keys and what to watch for. They also talk...


How to make the NBA from outside the draft lottery, the Pro Basketball Combine

Watch the Game 7 coming up between Portland and Denver and you will see a few players — Seth Curry for the Blazers, Torrey Craig for Denver — contributing for their teams, guys who were not highly sought after lottery picks, they weren't drafted at all. How does a guy like that get noticed? How does a player not drafted in the first 45 (if at all) get the attention of a team, make a Summer League or G-League roster? Enter Jake Kelfer and his Professional Basketball Combine, an event in...


Breaking down Boston's breakdown, NBA playoffs' second round

Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks adjusted, Kyrie Irving and the Celtics can't score, and suddenly the Bucks are in charge up 3-1 and seem headed to the next round — this is the most clear cut, and still maybe the most interesting series of the second round. Then there is the back-and-forth series between Philadelphia and Toronto — where Kawhi Leonard has been otherworldly — that seems destined for seven games. Golden State still looks like the better team, but a lot of James Harden and...


Looking ahead at the NBA playoffs second round

Boston vs. Milwaukee. Philadelphia vs. Toronto. Houston vs. Golden State. The first round of the NBA playoffs had plenty of emotion — just ask Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook — but it was short, with very possibly only one series going at least six games. The second round? That's not going to be so quick, and it is filled with even matchups that present a lot of questions. Is this the Rockets' year? They have the formula, can they execute it? The Bucks were the best team in the regular...


NBA playoffs first round preview, plus NBA careers at Basketball 101

Can Indiana upset Boston? What about the Thunder as they take on the shorthanded Trail Blazers? And who comes out on top when Houston and Utah face off? Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders joins NBC Sports' Kurt Helin to talk the first round of the playoffs and the rash of fired coaches right as the season ended. They also talk about the Basketball 101 program, part of the Professional Basketball Combine, coming to Southern California, and how it can teach you about career paths in the NBA...


NBA awards breakdown: MVP, All-NBA, Rookie and more

James Harden or Giannis Antetokounmpo for MVP? Rudy Gobert or Paul George for Defensive Player of the Year? For the first time in more than a decade, is LeBron James not going to make All-NBA First Team? This year's NBA end of season awards have some challenging choices and debates, and Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman of NBC Sports get into all of them. And no, Hawks fans, Trae Young playing good for half a season does not mean Rookie of the Year is up for debate. Kurt and Dan discuss Defensive...


Is this the final playoff run for these Golden State Warriors?

It's being treated as a foregone conclusion: The Golden State Warriors will be the NBA champions. Again. A three-peat and four-in-five years. It probably should be, but is there any team in the Western Conference that puts some fear in the hearts of the Warriors? What about Milwaukee or Boston out of the East? Mark Medina, Warriors beat writer for the San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group joins Kurt Helin of NBC Sports to talk about that — and then the thing everyone actually cares...


What's next for the Portland Trail Blazers?

CJ McCollum was already out (maybe for the rest of the regular season) when Portland center and third-best player Jusuf Nurkic went down with a horrific leg injury. Where does that leave Damian Lillard and Portland heading into these playoffs? Have they become the team everyone else wants to face in the first round now? Beyond that, what happens this summer in Portland? Do they keep the core together, try to add role players and make another run at it, or is it time to see what the trade...


Zion Williamson, Ja Morant, future NBA players to watch in NCAA Tournament

Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, and Cam Reddish of Duke are the big names, the top five pick stars we've watched all season. But what can they show us in the ACC and NCAA Tournament that will translate to the NBA? Just how good is Ja Morant? When watching Virginia, should I be focused on De'Andre Hunter? What can Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech bring to the NBA? Rob Dauster,'s college basketball expert, joins Kurt Helin of NBC to talk about that and more, players that NBA fans need...


MVP talk, listener questions answered with NBC's Dan Feldman

James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, or Paul George for MVP? What team is going to come out of the East? When Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, and the rest of the league's free agents are making their decisions next summer, will the Clippers dark past hurt their chances? Listeners asked those questions and more, and Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman of NBC Sports answer and discuss them and more in the latest NBC Sports PBT Podcast. Other topics include the surging Pistons and the Suns beating the...


Former Cavs/Suns GM David Griffin; breaking down East playoff chase

David Griffin is a hot commodity — any time a general manager opening comes up in the NBA, so does his name (most recently New Orleans). What does Griffin want in a job if he returns to an NBA front office? He discusses what he learned from his experiences at the helm of a LeBron James team, as well as how that applies to what the Lakers went through at the trade deadline. We also discuss his new show on NBA TV, “GM School,” which debuts on tonight (Feb. 20) at 8pm ET. After that we bring in...


Breaking down NBA trade deadline moves, starting with Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis is still a New Orleans Pelican, for now. However, while that shoe didn't drop at the trade deadline (wait for this summer) a lot of other ones did that have changed the landscape of the NBA. Philadelphia added Tobias Harris, Milwaukee added Nikola Mirotic, and Toronto traded for Marc Gasol — there is an arms race at the top of the East. Kristaps Porzingis is in Dallas, setting the Knicks up for a big summer. The Clippers and the Mavericks (even with KP) are poised for big moves...


Kristaps Porzingis trade breakdown; All-Star Game draft

Kristaps Porzingis is a member of the Dallas Mavericks in a blockbuster trade that has sent ripples from Boston to Los Angeles. The Mavericks have gambled that Porzingis can return from his ACL to full Unicorn status and form a contender with Luka Doncic. The Knicks cleared out cap space for two max deals and are betting there are stars that want to fill those slots. Dennis Smith Jr. gets to shoot all he wants now. There's a lot for Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman of NBC Sports to break down....


Anthony Davis requests trade from Pelicans. Now what?

Now things get crazy. Anthony Davis' agent has informed the Pelicans he will not re-sign with the team and wants to be traded. It has opened up a floodgate of rumors and led to a lot of questions: What are the Pelicans looking for in a trade? Who has the hammer and gets to make the call on the trade? Do the Pelicans feel pressure to act fast or do they have the patience to wait until this summer, when Boston can get in the mix and there may be more options. Or, will a contender come in over...


All-Star Game starters named, who should fill out rosters?

LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the captains — they were voted in by the fans and they will be picking their teams for next month's All-Star Game in Charlotte. Nobody should have a problem with those two as starters, but the fans didn't everyone they wanted in the 10 to open the game — Derrick Rose was out and James Harden was in, and Luka Doncic was out Paul George was in. Kurt Helin of NBC Sports welcomes in Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports to break down the All-Star Game starters...


NBA Mid-Season awards: MVP, Coach of the Year, more

The NBA has no chill — we were talking MVP race the first week of the season. Which is way too early. However, now teams are more than halfway through the season and we have seen enough games, we have enough data to start discussing who is the frontrunner for the NBA's end-of-season awards. Is it James Harden or Giannis Antetokounmpo for MVP? Can anyone challenge Luka Doncic for Rookie of the Year? It's a deep field for Coach of the Year, but is Mike Budenholzer the front runner and can Doc...