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#180 - Overreacting to 2018-19 opening-night games

10/18/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) fire off their most scorching hot takes about the first two nights of the 2018-19 NBA season. Is Markelle Fultz now officially a bust? Is Jayson Tatum already the Celtics' best player? Are the Rockets title pretenders rather than contenders? Has Anthony Davis already sealed up MVP? Is Kemba Walker going to average 35 points per game? Check out the episode to hear Morten and Bryan discuss all of that...

Duration:01:22:04

#179 - 2018-19 NBA award and playoff predictions

10/13/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) run through the major awards races and make their playoff predictions for the 2018-19 season. Is Giannis Antetokounmpo poised to run away with MVP? Can anyone challenge Rudy Gobert for Defensive Player of the Year? Is Isaiah Thomas headed for Sixth Man of the Year? Who will emerge in a wide-open field for Most Improved Player? Check out the episode to hear Morten and Bryan discuss all of that and...

Duration:01:20:07

#178 - The top NBA storylines to watch in 2018-19

10/10/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the storylines they're most excited to watch throughout the 2018-19 season. How will LeBron James fare with the Lakers? Can Kawhi Leonard bring the Raptors to the Finals? Will Markelle Fultz remember how to shoot? How will DeMarcus Cousins fit in with the Warriors? Will the Timberwolves implode? Check out the episode to hear Morten and Bryan discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter:...

Duration:01:15:58

#177 - 2018-19 Southeast Division preview

10/6/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) are joined by Nekias Duncan (@NekiasNBA) of Miami Heat Beat to preview the Southeast Division ahead of the 2018-19 season. What's the most the Miami Heat should be willing to give up for Jimmy Butler? Are the Washington Wizards doomed to implode because of chemistry issues? Should the Charlotte Hornets trade Kemba Walker by February? Who's the Atlanta Hawks' best young player? WTF are the Orlando Magic...

Duration:01:26:05

#176 - 2018-19 Atlantic Division preview

10/1/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) are joined by Jared Weiss (@JaredWeissNBA) of The Athletic to preview the Atlantic Division ahead of the 2018-19 season. Is it Finals or bust for the Boston Celtics this season? With Kawhi Leonard in the fold, are the Toronto Raptors a legitimate threat to win the title this year? What constitutes a successful season for the Philadelphia 76ers? Is D'Angelo Russell a long-term keeper in Brooklyn? Should...

Duration:01:23:12

#175 - 2018-19 Central Division preview

9/24/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) are joined by Ian Levy (@HickoryHigh) of FanSided to preview the Central Division ahead of the 2018-19 season. Can Victor Oladipo build upon his breakout 2017-18 campaign, or is he headed for regression? Will Giannis Antetokounmpo have a career year under Mike Budenholzer? What should the Bulls expect from Jabari Parker? Is the Minnesota version of Kevin Love coming back this season? How can new...

Duration:00:56:26

#174 - Jimmy Butler demands a trade, the Sixers hire a GM

9/20/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss Jimmy Butler's trade request and the Philadelphia 76ers' decision to hire Elton Brand as their new general manager. Do the Minnesota Timberwolves have to trade Butler ASAP? Which teams should be trying to trade for him? What should the T-Wolves be seeking in exchange? Did the Sixers miss an opportunity to bring in a big-name GM? How will their collaborative front office approach fare? What...

Duration:01:02:48

#173 - 2018-19 Southwest Division preview

9/16/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) are joined by Mason Ginsberg (@MasonGinsberg) of Bourbon Street Shots to preview the Southwest Division ahead of the 2018-19 season. How will Julius Randle fit with the New Orleans Pelicans? Will the Houston Rockets get anything out of Brandon Knight or Marquese Chriss? Is Luka Doncic the runaway Rookie of the Year favorite? Should the Memphis Grizzlies consider trading Marc Gasol? Is DeMar DeRozan...

Duration:01:12:29

#172 - 2018-19 Northwest Division preview

9/10/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) are joined by T.J. McBride (@TJMcBrideNBA) of Mile High Sports to preview the Northwest Division ahead of the 2018-19 season. Do the Denver Nuggets already have a top-five backcourt? How will Dennis Schroder and Russell Westbrook fare together? Are the Minnesota Timberwolves at risk for an implosion? Where will the Utah Jazz get offense outside of Donovan Mitchell? Should the Portland Trail Blazers...

Duration:01:25:58

#171 - 2018-19 Pacific Division preview

9/2/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) are joined by Anthony Irwin (@AnthonyIrwinLA) of Silver Screen & Roll to preview the Pacific Division ahead of the 2018-19 season. What's the realistic ceiling and floor for the new-look Los Angeles Lakers? Do the Golden State Warriors have anything to play for during the regular season? Why are the Phoenix Suns seemingly gearing up to compete for a playoff spot? Will the Los Angeles Clippers blow up...

Duration:01:27:46

#170 - Our 2018-19 League Pass rankings

8/25/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) are joined by original co-host Sarah Cilea (@wildhorses65) to discuss which teams will be the most fun to watch in 2018-19. Could the San Antonio Spurs be sneaky fun this year? Is there any reason to watch the Portland Trail Blazers aside from Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum? Does Luka Doncic make the Dallas Mavericks a must-watch? Who will be the top League Pass teams this season? Check out the...

Duration:01:26:34

#169 - Picking every Eastern Conference over/under

8/20/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) make their picks for every Eastern Conference team's over/under. Which teams did Las Vegas miss the mark on? Are the Boston Celtics headed for 60-plus wins? Will the Milwaukee Bucks or Indiana Pacers be legitimate contenders in the East? Can the Philadelphia 76ers top 55 wins? Check out the episode to hear Morten and Bryan discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod Learn more...

Duration:01:09:50

#168 - Picking every Western Conference over/under

8/15/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) make their picks for every Western Conference team's over/under. Which teams did Las Vegas miss the mark on? Are the Los Angeles Lakers headed for 50-plus wins? Why are expectations so low for the Portland Trail Blazers and San Antonio Spurs? Check out the episode to hear Morten and Bryan discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:01:02:45

#167 - Opening Week and Christmas Day schedule reaction

8/8/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) go through the highlights and lowlights of the 2018-19 NBA opening week and Christmas Day schedules. Which opening-week games should already have you excited? How did we rank each of the Christmas Day matchups? Which teams should have been featured that weren't? Check out the episode to hear Morten and Bryan discuss all of that and more. Follow us on Twitter: @TheNBAPod Learn more about your ad...

Duration:01:13:32

#166 - Clint Capela, Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony and more

7/31/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss all of the latest free-agent signings, including Clint Capela re-signing with the Rockets, Kevin Love's new extension and much more. How much of a steal is Capela's deal for the Rockets? Why did the Cavaliers sign Love to such a huge extension? How will Carmelo Anthony fit in Houston? Did the Celtics overpay Marcus Smart? Check out the episode to hear Morten and Bryan discuss all of that and...

Duration:01:15:07

#165 - Kawhi Leonard and Carmelo Anthony trade reaction

7/24/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the winners and losers from the recent Kawhi Leonard and Carmelo Anthony trades. Did the San Antonio Spurs get enough for Leonard? How will DeMar DeRozan fit in San Antonio? Are the Raptors now the favorites in the East with Kawhi? How will Dennis Schroder fare with the Oklahoma City Thunder? Why were the Hawks so desperate to dump him? Why did the Philadelphia 76ers give up on two young wing...

Duration:01:07:22

#164 - Rich Cho on how NBA teams prepare for the offseason

7/21/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) are joined by former Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho (@bigtimebites) for a behind-the-scenes look at how NBA teams prepare for the offseason. How early do NBA teams begin homing in on particular draft prospects? How much do off-court factors such as work ethic and attitude matter? How do teams balance the short- and long-term consequences of any given free-agent signing? How much influence...

Duration:01:11:12

#163 - 2018 NBA Summer League standouts

7/18/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss which first- and second-year players stood out at Las Vegas Summer League. Are Jaren Jackson Jr. and Wendell Carter Jr. the two best big men from the 2018 draft class? Did the New York Knicks hit a home run with Kevin Knox and Mitchell Robinson? Is De'Anthony Melton the steal of this year's draft? How much should we read into John Collins, Josh Hart and Jordan Bell dominating at summer...

Duration:01:08:32

#162 - Did the Bulls screw up by signing Jabari Parker?

7/15/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the Chicago Bulls' decision to sign Jabari Parker to a two-year, $40 million deal, including whether they overpaid for him and how he'll fit with their young core. Seeing as the Milwaukee Bucks were hard-capped, why did the Bulls offer Parker so much money annually? Could they have spent their cap space better elsewhere? How will Parker fit alongside Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr.? Why...

Duration:00:59:43

#161 - Isaiah Thomas to the Nuggets, the Nets stay winning and more

7/13/2018
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In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the latest free-agent happenings, including Isaiah Thomas signing with the Nuggets and the Brooklyn Nets' savvy salary dumps. Is Thomas a front-runner for Sixth Man of the Year in Denver? Why did the Hawks trade for Jeremy Lin rather than take on Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur from the Nuggets? Did the Nets get enough in that salary dump? Will Devin Booker live up to his new max deal? Check...

Duration:01:20:53