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NBA Draft prospects to watch in the NCAA Tournament

This will be the last chance to watch Trae Young before the draft — just how good is he? Marvin Bagley and Wendell Carter Jr. are going to take Duke deep into this tournament (and maybe win it all), but how will their games translate to the NBA? Does Deandre Ayton look like he deserves the No. 1 pick? NBA scouts and GMs will be out at NCAA Tournament sites from San Diego to Pittsburgh this weekend to get one last look at potential draft picks playing in competitive college games. Kurt...


What to watch in NBA season's stretch run

Are the Cleveland Cavaliers for real? And how are you going to define "for real?" Who is going to make the playoffs in the West? Is Utah going to get in? Is James Harden going to be MVP? Is it Ben Simmons or Donovan Mitchell for Rookie of the Year? Those are just some of the storylines as the NBA races down the stretch run of the season (most teams have around 25 games left). Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman of NBC Sports break down all the things to watch from the end of the season,...


NBA Trade Deadline Gone Wild, breaking down Cavaliers, others

Nobody saw this coming. The 2018 NBA trade deadline day turned into one of the most insane days in recent memory — and all because of the Cleveland Cavaliers. In an unprecedented couple of moves, the Cavaliers sent out six players they saw as part of the problem and brought in four players who are younger, more athletic, and might actually try on defense. Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman of NBC Sports break down what happened with the Cavaliers, where they go from here. They also get into Tyreke...


Author Jonathan Abrams talks "The Wire," Cavaliers, more

Author Jonathan Abrams, who has written about the NBA for years, has a new book out, an oral history of the legendary HBO series "The Wire." Abrams joins Kurt Helin of NBC Sports to discuss how the book came about, what he learned about the show writing it, and the show's cultural impact now, many years after it shut down. The two also get into what is going on in Cleveland with LeBron James — Abrams previous book was about the "preps to pros" generation of the NBA — as well as whether the...


Breaking down Blake Griffin to Detroit trade

Blake Griffin is headed to Detroit. Nobody saw this coming (not even the teams a week before). Griffin had just inked a $175 million deal with the Clippers months before, when Los Angeles told him he would be a "Clipper for life." But there is no loyalty in the NBA — Griffin was traded Monday to the Pistons for Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic, a first and a second round pick. Why did Detroit go all-in on two big men? To win? To sell tickets? And for the Clippers how fast...


Kidd firing, All-Star Game mock draft with Matt Moore

Our old friend Matt Moore of the Action Sports Network swings by to talk first about the firing of Jason Kidd in Milwaukee and what the Bucks do now. Then the topic shifts to the All-Star Game reserves, where Matt and Kurt Helin of NBC Sports conduct a mock draft of the All-Star starters and reserves, with Matt as LeBron James and Kurt as Stephen Curry. Unlike the real draft, we do ours in public.


All-Star starters mock draft, who should be reserves?

The votes are in, and LeBron James and Stephen Curry are your All-Star captains — this year that means they are picking their own teams, playground style, first from the pool of starters, then the pool of reserves. Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman of NBC Sports take on the roles of LeBron and Curry and pick their All-Star starters, from James Harden through Kyrie Irving. Then the pair gets into who should be the All-Star Game reserves — and choosing among the Western Conference guards is brutal....


MVP, Rookie of Year, NBA Midseason Awards breakdown

James Harden or LeBron James for MVP? Is Ben Simmons the runaway Rookie of the Year, or has Donovan Mitchell made a good enough case to take the award? Is anyone the frontrunner for Defensive Player of the Year? With the NBA reaching the midway of the season, Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman of NBC Sports break down their end-of-season awards ballots to this point. That includes all the big awards, plus who would make the All-NBA team if we had to decide today.


Deep dive on Toronto Raptors with Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun

The Toronto Raptors have the fourth best record in the NBA and the third best net rating — the best point per possession rating in the Eastern Conference. But are they are they for real? DeMar DeRozan is having his best season, Toronto is moving the ball and passing more, they are shooting more threes, and they are defending the best they have in years. The question is can they continue that into the playoffs, when they face Cleveland or Boston? Kurt Helin of NBC Sports and Ryan Wolstat of...


Kincks' Frank Ntilikina talks adjusting to NBA; Xmas day game previews

For the start of the podcast, Frank Ntilikina joins NBC's Kurt Helin to talk about his adjustment to the NBA, how Jarrett Jack and Jeff Hornacek help him out, and how he's getting used to peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in the locker room (Ntilikina is helping The Boys & Girls Clubs of America because every time anyone uses #PBJLikeAPro on social media, Jif and Smuckers will donate $1 to the Club). After that, Dan Feldman from NBC Sports joins Kurt to break down the Christmas Day games...


Early Trade Deadline Breakdown, is DeAndre Jordan on the move?

The trade deadline is less than two months away, and DeAndre Jordan could well be on the move from the Clippers (and Lou Williams, too). But what is Memphis going to do about Mark Gasol? New Orleans with DeMarcus Cousins? Oklahoma City with Paul George? And if any of those guys are available, who is a buyer? Cleveland? Milwaukee? Portland? Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman of NBC Sports break down the high end of the trade market, plus talk about other guys who could be on the move — maybe Nikola...


Jahlil Okafor trade, plus "is it real" look at surprising NBA starts

The "Free Jahlil Okafor" crowd got their wish — the former No. 3 pick has been traded to the Brooklyn Nets, where he will get the chance to prove he can impact the NBA (and the Sixers do well in the trade getting Trevor Booker back). Kurt Helin of NBC Sports brings in the well-connected Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders to break down that trade. Then the two get into a discussion of what is real and what isn't at the start of the NBA season: Are the Boston Celtics really the best team in...


Talking 2018 draft, potential changes to 1-and-done rule

Momentum is building to end the one-and-done rule that nobody likes — not NBA teams, college coaches, universities, or fans — but there is concern about what replaces it. Will that really be better for the players, or do we need a more radical system change? Kurt Helin and Rob Dauster of NBC Sports discuss that, then get into the 2018 draft. How far does Michael Porter Jr. fall? Is or Luca Doncic or Marvin Bagley III the No. 1 pick? What about Deandre Ayton? They cover all that and more in...


Breaking down rookie class's start to NBA season

Markelle Fultz has barely seen the court. Lonzo Ball has had a couple triple-doubles but his shot is a train wreck (and he can't finish around the rim). Right now, Danny Ainge looks like the smartest guy in the room trading down and walking away with Jayson Tatum. Some of the best players out of this draft early — Kyle Kuzma, Donovan Mitchell — were drafted well down the board. It's been a draft class with wild highs, some ugly lows, some polarizing figures — and Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman...


Celtics win over Warriors and all things Boston with A. Sherrod Blakely

Boston is the best team in the NBA — 14 wins in a row, including coming from 17 down to beat the Golden State Warriors. Kurt Helin welcomes in A. Sherrod Blakely of NBC Sports Boston to talk about what this win means to the Celtics, why their defense is so good, how Kyrie Irving is fitting in, how young stars such as Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum are rising up, and what is the deal with Marcus Smart. Also there is a lot of Brad Stevens love.


Breaking down the Eric Bledsoe trade

Eric Bledsoe finally has been traded from the Phoenix Suns, landing in Milwaukee for Greg Monroe and an oddly protected first-round pick. Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman from NBC Sports break down why this is a good gamble for the Bucks, and why it's about as well as the Suns could do considering the situation. There is also some Jahlil Okafor trade talk thrown in.


All things Sixers with Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia

Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers are off to a rough start this season, but the future is still very bright and the process is still working. Jessica Camerato of NBC Sports Philadelphia joins Kurt Helin to talk Markelle Fultz's shoulder issues and shot, the tough schedule for the Sixers the first couple months of the season, and a team adjusting to having expectations. Also, there is some Suns/Eric Bledsoe talk.


Gordon Hayward injury, what's next for Boston

Gordon Hayward's gruesome ankle injury is a brutal way for the Celtics to start the season. But the big questions now are what is next in Boston, both short term (more small ball) and long term. Kurt Helin and Dan Feldman of NBC Sports break down what this means for the Celtics. They also get into Cleveland's opening night win over Boston, Houston upsetting Golden State, the LaMarcus Aldridge contract extension, and whether Joel Embiid should be pissed he has a minutes restriction.


NBA MVP, Awards predictions

With the NBA season about to tip off, we start to wonder who could win the MVP this season? Rookie of the Year? Sixth Man of the Year? All those races are far more interesting than the NBA title chase this coming season. Sean Deveney of The Sporting News joins Kurt Helin of NBC Sports to make predictions on who will win all the awards — there is a lot of love for LeBron James for MVP — plus discuss the leading candidates heading into the season. They also get into if anyone has a chance at...


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