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Game Theory w/ Sam Vecenie


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.




NCAA Tournament First Round Recap with Cole Zwicker

In this episode, I chat with friend of the program Cole Zwicker to break down all of the important action of the first round in the NCAA Tournament. First, we chat about what I saw out in San Diego (not much, other than Jon Elmore exploding into our minds and hearts). Then, we get into the big stories, including: VIRGINIA BECOMES THE FIRST NO. 1 SEED TO LOSE Arizona also cops a pretty bad ass-kicking to Buffalo Michael Porter and Trae Young likely play their last college games Kentucky...


NCAA Tournament Preview, NBA Draft Edition

In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Chris Stone from over at FanSided, where they break down -- in pain-staking detail -- every NBA prospect matchup in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and all of their potential favorite matchups that could happen later in the Tournament. They start in the South, where Virginia, Kentucky, and Arizona are the standout teams to watch. Then, they move to the West, which seems to be the weakest NBA Draft region. Then, they chat about the East,...


NBA MVP Race and Scouting NBA Draft Defense w/ Cole Zwicker

In this episode, Sam chats with Cole Zwicker about the NBA MVP race, which is heating up quickly. They go in detail on James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry, and Giannis Antetokounmpo, and discuss each of their cases for the top-five. Then, they deep dive on some of the players Sam has gotten a chance to see on his trip to Las Vegas for conference tournament week. Some in-depth breakdowns on Killian Tillie, Rui Hachimura, Troy Brown, Allonzo Trier, and Aaron Holiday....


Celtics-Rockets with Jared Weiss; Lakers Young Core with Trevor Lane

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Jared Weiss from over at CelticsWire about the terrific Celtics-Rockets game on Saturday night. What makes the Rockets such a tough guard night-in, night-out, particularly when they close games? How does Clint Capela make such an impact even on a night where he doesn't score? What did we think of the Celtics' play last night? How does the Celtics' lack of bad players help them? Also, how great is it that Terry Rozier is actually good now? Then,...


Sixers Asset Management; Wizards Hot Run; Gafford Up, Sexton Down?

In this episode, friend of the program Cole Zwicker joins the show to chat about a few NBA topics as well as a few Draft topics. First, they chat about the Philadelphia 76ers asset management over the last couple of years. Has Bryan Colangelo done anything to inspire 76ers fans with the way he's handled their roster since taking over for Sam Hinkie? Then, they chat about the Wizards, winners of eight of their last 11 without John Wall in the lineup? Is there anything to take away from...


The Trae Young Podcast w/ Cole Zwicker

In this episode, Sam is joined by Cole Zwicker where they debate the merits of Trae Young as a draft prospect. For reference: Cole has Young as a top-three prospect, and Sam has him more in the No. 6-7 range. What are his best aspects as a prospect? What makes us hesitant about him as an NBA player? We dive as deep as possible into the stats, the scouting and the context surrounding him both in high school and in college. At the top, we chat briefly about the Dallas Mavericks-misogyny...


All-Star Weekend Roundup; Basketball Without Borders Breakdown

In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Danny Leroux where they chat about everything they saw in All-Star Weekend and Basketball Without Borders. First, they break down what they saw on Rising Stars game night, where Jaylen Brown stole the show but Bogdan Bogdanovic came away with MVP. Then, they chat about All-Star Saturday, and the relative disappointing evening that was. Finally, they chat about the All-Star game itself, along with who/what stood out. Then, they move forward into...


Mitchell vs. Simmons; Buyout SZN; NBA Draft with Zach Harper

In this episode, Sam chats with Zach Harper from Leverage the Chat and from Fan Rag Sports about a variety of topics. First, they hit on the Ben Simmons vs. Donovan Mitchell rookie of the year debate. Which one would they take and why does the other one suck? Then, they chat about buyout candidates. They run through the list of names they're interested in, and chat briefly about some of the teams who do or do not have open spots, including the Cavaliers, Celtics, Warriors, Rockets, and...


NBA Mock Draft -- February edition; Cavs-Celtics with Cole Zwicker

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins Sam on the show to chat about a couple of topics. First, Cole and I break down the Cavs-Celtics game from Sunday afternoon. Did the Cavaliers re-establish themselves as the favorites in the Eastern Conference? Was this, simply, a down night for the Celtics? How did the Cavs' new pieces look. Then, Cole and I embark on a new project. We do podcast mock draft where we go back and forth making selections for each team, breaking down who we would pick if we...


NBA Trade Deadline Recap or What did the Cavaliers just do?

In this episode, Sam is joined by friend of the program Dieter Kurtenbach to chat about what went down on NBA Trade Deadline day, an afternoon ruled by the Cleveland Cavaliers trading half of their roster. How much better did Cleveland get? Did they establish themselves as the favorite of the Eastern Conference? Can they compete with Golden State? Does this make any tangible difference in their long-term outlook? Also, what do their trades mean for the Lakers, Jazz, and Kings -- the other...


Porzingis Injury/Knicks Direction; Trade Deadline Plans; Jaren Jackson Breakdown

In this episode, Sam has his weekly podcast with Cole Zwicker, where the two of them chat about some of the news that's happened in the NBA in recent days. First, they break down the sadness that is the Kristaps Porzingis left ACL tear. Why does he keep getting left-side injuries? How good has he become? And what do the Knicks do now that he's hurt? Also, they chat about the Willy Hernangomez trade and why that happened. Next, they chat about the Lou Williams extension. Why did Lou...


NBA Trade Deadline Primer; Smart, Denver, Cleveland, and Fake LeBron Trades

In this episode, Matt Moore of The Action Network joins to chat about the upcoming NBA Trade Deadline. First, we chat about Marcus Smart, the Celtics, and if the Denver Nuggets actually make sense for him. Then, they chat a bit more about Denver, where Denver sits within the scheme of things as they try to make the playoffs. Then, we chat generally about the Eastern Conference. How screwed are the Cavs? What do we think about Toronto right now (a lot of love)? Can Boston make the run to...


Monroe to Celtics; Noah Options for Knicks; Mohamed Bamba Breakdown; Mirotic to NOP

In this episode, Sam has his weekly podcast with Cole Zwicker where they break down various roster movement and NBA Draft news. In this episode, there was a lot to hit on. They start with 10 minutes on Greg Monroe signing in Boston (both are, overall, quite positive on the choice). Then, they briefly chat about the Nikola Mirotic trade to New Orleans. Does that deal make sense for the Pelicans? Should Mirotic have exercised the option in his deal? Next, they move on to the Joakim Noah...


NBA Trade Deadline Week Lookahead w/ Danny Leroux

In this episode, Sam talks with Danny Leroux from over at The Athletic (and Dunc'd On, and RealGM Radio) about the NBA Trade Deadline that's coming next week. They start by talking about Tyreke Evans and his eventual stop. Do they trust him as an asset to acquire for the rest of the season? Does Boston make the most sense? What are some deals that make the most sense for him? Then, they talk about the Los Angeles teams. What deals are out there for the Lakers to pursue in order to...


Emergency Blake Griffin Trade Podcast; DeMarcus Cousins/Pelicans with Seerat Sohi

In this episode, Seerat Sohi joins Sam to talk about the shocking, surprising Blake Griffin trade that occurred on Monday evening. The deal is Blake Griffin, Willie Reed and Brice Johnson for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, a first round pick and a second round pick. What do they think about the Clippers telling Blake he'd be a lifelong Clipper only to trade him six months later? What is Blake's game like now? What is the fit between Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond?...


Zion Williamson to Duke/NBA Future; Top-100 NBA Draft Board

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins Sam and talks about a couple of topics. First, they discuss Zion Williamson and his commitment to Duke. What kind of prospect is Williamson? Is he as elite as his reputation purports him to be? Also, what could his NBA future look like, and what does his fit with Duke look like? Then, they discuss Sam's updated 2018 NBA Draft Big Board. First, they discuss Sam's move of Deandre Ayton to No. 1 over Luka Doncic. Then, they discuss Mohamed Bamba, and why...


Bucks Fire Kidd; Kawhi Upset?; NBA Trade Rumors w/ Kemba, DeAndre, Lakers and more

In this episode, Sam chats with Dan Feldman from over at NBC Sports about the various NBA news and trade rumors in the NBA. First, they chat about Jason Kidd getting fired in Milwaukee, where Milwaukee goes from here, and where Kidd goes from here. Then, they chat about the report that Kawhi Leonard is unhappy in San Antonio, a very strange situation that neither really understand how to make heads or tails of. Then, they chat trades. They go in detail on the Kemba Walker situation,...


NBA Draft Prospects from a College Basketball Writer's Perspective w/ Rob Dauster

In this episode, Sam chats with Rob Dauster from over at NBC Sports and does something a little bit different. Typically, he has people on who scout college basketball solely for the purpose of breaking them down as NBA prospects. Instead, in this episode, Sam chats with Rob about NBA Draft prospects from the perspective of someone who writes full-time about college basketball and evaluates players for that purpose. What does he think of Marvin Bagley? Then, there is a long discussion...


A Realistic Look at the Balls in Lithania w/ Expert Pete Philo; Top-5 NBA Rookies with Cole Zwicker

In this episode, I have two markedly different discussions. First, I chat with former NBA scouting director and current President of TPG Sports Group Pete Philo about the Ball family over in Lithuania. Pete has been to Lithuania on over 50 scouting trips, and is as much an expert on the area as anyone in the public sphere. Pete discusses the differences in talent level, the lack of foresight by LaVar from a player development perspective, and creates a realistic development plan for LaMelo...


The Bagley Breakdown Pod; 2018 NBA Mock Draft Update

In this episode, I chat with good friend of the program Cole Zwicker and we finally do what we've been foreshadowing for the last two months: we argue about Marvin Bagley III. I give the case for Bagley, and why he's worthy of a top-three pick in the draft. Cole gives the case against and discusses why he thinks NBA teams will have issues fitting him into their roster due to his limitations. Then, we chat about my updated 2018 NBA Mock Draft over at The Athletic, talking about some of the...


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