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Game Theory w/ Sam Vecenie

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NBA Draft and College Basketball Expert Sam Vecenie talks all levels of Pro & NCAA hoops.

NBA Draft and College Basketball Expert Sam Vecenie talks all levels of Pro & NCAA hoops.
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NBA Draft and College Basketball Expert Sam Vecenie talks all levels of Pro & NCAA hoops.




Magic Johnson's Movie List and NBA Draft Nike Academy Recap

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.


The Rich Paul Rule, Durant Speaks, and The Warriors Will Be Good

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.


Draymond Green Extension, McCollum Extension, 2020 Free Agents

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...


Analytics and the NBA with Seth Partnow

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.


Beal Extension/Trades/; 2019 Rookie Extensions w/ Cole Zwicker

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...


The Tampering Pod; the Clippers; Wizards front office

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.


Westbrook-CP3 Trade; NBA Summer League Recap

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.


Kawhi Leonard Trade from All Angles with Cole Zwicker

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?



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....


NBA Free Agency Preview, Lakers stuff with Dieter Kurtenbach

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.


2019 NBA Draft Top-10 Prospects Breakdown; Conley Trade; Horford Opt-Out

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


2019 NBA Mock Draft; Anthony Davis Trade Thoughts with Cole Zwicker

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.


NBA Draft Big Board Nos. 20 through 11; Kevin Durant injury

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....


Raptors take 3-1 series lead and dominate Warriors at home

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.


NBA Draft Big Board, Nos. 30-21; Warriors take Game 2 in NBA Finals

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....


NBA Finals Game One Review, Raptors beat Warriors

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.


NBA Finals Preview, RJ Hampton Discussion, NBA Draft Decisions

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...


All-Defense and All-Rookie teams; NBA Draft Combine Thoughts

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?


NBA Draft Lottery Madness: What happens now?

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.


NBA Playoffs, do NBA TV Ratings matter?, Jokic/Kawhi/Giannis/KD w/ Dieter Kurtenbach

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...