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Jun 22, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Chris Stone and recaps the NBA Draft, breaking down everything that happened over the course of the five-hour event. Who did we think did well? Who did poorly? What prospects and picks did we like? Which ones did we think made less sense? 

We basically go in chronological order, pick-wise -- occasionally breaking that to talk about trades. 

Jun 20, 2018

In this episode, I chat with Jeff Goodman from Stadium and Chris Stone from Sporting News about the NBA Draft. First, Jeff and I chat about some of the key storylines leading into the draft, from trade discussions to the recruitment, background, and development of some of the best prospects in the draft, including Deandre Ayton, Michael Porter, Mitchell Robinson, and more. 

Then, I chat with Chris Stone about the difficulty of mocking this draft just 26 hours from draft night. What do we think of all the trade talks, what do we think of the Kings, Hawks, Grizzlies, and more. 

Jun 19, 2018

In this episode, I chat with good friend of the program Cole Zwicker where we do what will likely become yet another yearly tradition on the podcast: We go through and do a mock draft with what each of us would do. We go back and forth, with me taking the No. 1 pick and all of the resulting odd picks, and Cole taking No. 2 and the even picks. We had a lot of fun and discussed each potential pick in detail. Hope you all enjoy! 

Jun 15, 2018

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins Sam Vecenie to chat about the 2018 NBA Draft, but first they talk about the 2019 NBA Draft. 

Charles Bassey committed to play at Western Kentucky for the 2018-19 college hoops season, so Sam and Cole break down Bassey, his game, what they've seen in the past, and how he projects as a prospect (2:00). They also chat a bit about the 2019 NBA Draft as a whole. 

Then, they get into the meat of the podcast, where they break down Sam's top-eight prospects in the 2018 NBA Draft Class. In order, they chat about Miles Bridges (8:30), Trae Young (19:55), Michael Porter Jr. (37:15), Mohamed Bamba (43:45), Jaren Jackson Jr. (53:20), Marvin Bagley (1:07:40), Luka Doncic (1:29:15), Deandre Ayton (1:48:45). 

Jun 12, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Cole Zwicker, where they go in-depth on Sam's current NBA Draft Board. 

They break down the structure and ideals behind the board, talk about the three players that were just slightly left off of the board, and then dive right into these prospects (in order): 

Zhaire Smith (13:20),Troy Brown (22:50), Robert Williams (29:50), Lonnie Walker (37:45), Kevin Knox (45:50), Mikal Bridges (53:00), Wendell Carter (1:02:15), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (1:10:10), Collin Sexton (1:20:15). 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jun 8, 2018

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins Sam Vecenie and chats about the Warriors' remarkable team, then what happens after the Warriors. What does the NBA look like when the Warriors' run finally ends? Are we entering an era where the league will conform back to big men based off of the talent entering the league?

Then, they chat about Bryan Colangelo's collars and the absurdity of the situation, and Deandre Ayton seeming to be the next No. 1 overall pick. 

Finally, they chat about the restricted free agency market. They break down Clint Capela, Aaron Gordon, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, Dante Exum, Zach LaVine, and many more. 

Jun 5, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Cole Zwicker where they discuss many levels of basketball. First, they break down the Cavs-Warriors series, and discuss potential defensive adjustments for Cleveland in addition to Cleveland's rotation. Can the Cavs do anything to make a comeback?

Then, they delve into the Celtics Jaylen Brown and Mohamed Bamba rumors. Why this makes no sense for Boston, and why the Mavs should take such a deal if offered (even if the venerable Tim Cato already said they would not). 

Finally, the bulk of the podcast is spent breaking down Deandre Ayton. They discuss him for an hour, going over his strengths and weaknesses, and delving deep into what makes him such a special -- if incomplete and somewhat controversial -- prospect. They discuss his production, his scoring, his jump shot, ball-handling acumen, rim protection, ability to defend the perimeter, and overall instinct level, in addition to discussing the overall upside or downside of his game. It's a legitimate discussion where we go back and forth, disagreeing on many aspects of the Arizona prospect's game. 

May 31, 2018

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins the show to chat about everything that happened in a totally bananas Game 1 in the NBA Finals. From LeBron's legendary performance, to JR's legendary gaffe, we break it down from all the angles for 45 minutes.

Then, we chat a bit about Bryan Colangelo, and how the 76ers basically have to fire him at this stage. Finally, we break down the biggest and most important decisions of the 2018 NBA Draft Deadline. Kevin Huerter, Donte DiVincenzo, Jontay Porter, Omari Spellman, and more. 

May 31, 2018

In this episode of the podcast, Sam is joined by Dieter Kurtenbach where they discuss the burners. Specifically, the (ALLEGED) burners of 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo, according to a terrific and fascinating article by The Ringer and Ben Detrick. What do we think happens? What the hell is this story? How? Why? It's the most internet story of the 2018 year!

Then, they break down the 2018 Finals in a somewhat coherent manner, mostly shouting at one another about how the Cavs could win one or two games. 

May 28, 2018

In this episode, Tony Jones from the Salt Lake Tribune joins Sam Vecenie and chats about the NBA Playoffs, covering the Utah Jazz, and some NBA Draft stuff. 

First, they break down what they've seen so far in the NBA, chatting before the Game 7s of the Conference Finals. Did the Conference Finals save what has been a relatively non-compelling playoffs? Is this LeBron run the best playoff run we can remember? How underappreciated is Klay Thompson all-time, and how good has Draymond been on defense in this playoff run? 

Then, we chat about Tony's year covering the Jazz. What do we think happens with the Jazz this offseason, what with all of their contract situations and trade flexibility? We also talk about the first year covering Donovan Mitchell, and getting to banter back and forth with legendary shit-talker Joe Ingles everyday. 

Finally, we chat about the NBA Draft, where I ask Tony a barrage of questions. Who is the best player? Who is the best big man? Is he a Michael Porter fan? Who is the best point guard in this class? Who is the most underrated player? Who is the most overrated player? 

May 23, 2018

In this episode of the podcast, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker about the exceptional Game 4 Houston played against Golden State on Tuesday night. That leaves the series 2-2. We do a deep dive on how Houston weathered the storm and beat them, then chat about the Warriors and how they missed Andre Iguodala. What do we think happens going forward? 

Then, a quick discussion about the Cleveland-Boston series before Game 5 tonight. Mostly, we chat about how Boston could potentially adjust on defense, then talk about the Tristan Thompson adjustment. 

Finally, we do an in-depth breakdown on Michael Porter Jr. What makes him such an elite level prospect? Why, despite missing most of the year at Missouri, is he considered a potential top-five pick? 

May 19, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Cole Zwicker to break down everything that happened at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine. From the measurements to the five on five, they pick some winners and losers from the event, discuss the forthcoming decisions of guys like Josh Okogie, Tyus Battle, and Kevin Huerter, and chat about the measurements of some of the elite players in the class. 

Also, does Mo Bamba have longer arms than any human alive?

May 16, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker to break down everything we saw at the NBA Draft Lottery, breaking down prospects and chatting about fits and needs of every single team in the lottery. They go in the order of the draft, breaking down each team: Phoenix, Sacramento, Atlanta, Memphis, Dallas, Orlando, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, and Denver. 

Then for 20 minutes, they preview the NBA Draft Combine. What should folks be looking forward to? What players should we be paying attention to? Also, does the NBA Draft Combine actually matter, or am I just going to Chicago to eat Lou Malnati's? Or at the very least, what matters most at the NBA Draft Combine? 

May 14, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker about the NBA Playoffs Conference Finals. First, they break down Game 1 of the Celtics-Cavaliers series, which Boston ran away with by 25 points. We go into the Xs and Os, the performances, and some of the potential adjustments for Game 2. 

Then, we break down Golden State vs. Houston, a series that should be absolutely tremendous. How does each team match up with the other? Who is the key player? Who wins?

May 9, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker about the Eastern Conference semi-finals. First, the two chat about Celtics-Sixers and break down what's happening on the floor. Why are the Sixers struggling a bit, and why being able to play defense on the perimeter and in space is possibly the biggest market inefficiency in the NBA right now. Additionally, "The TJ McConnell Game," and how that could change things going forward. Then they go into the Celtics, how incredible Al Horford has been this series, and how awesome the Jayson Tatum jump has been in the playoffs so far. 

Then, they go into Raptors-Cavs. How the Cavs role players started to fill in around the LeBron James, and how the Cavs look to be back on course for the NBA Finals. Then they go into the Raptors side of things, where they break down how Dwane Casey struggled a bit to come up with adjustments, how Serge Ibaka and DeMar DeRozan really struggled, and what the future should hold for this Raptors team. Should they continue to hold the ship together and keep this core? Or should they blow things up and look to move on from this era of Raptors hoops?

May 7, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with friend of the program Cole Zwicker, where they break down the end of the Stan Van Gundy tenure in Detroit. Does this spell the end of dual coach/GM positions? Where does he leave Detroit? How do they get out of the hole they've created? 

Additionally, they chat about the Knicks hiring David Fizdale, the Suns hiring Igor Kokoskov, the Grizzlies hiring JB Bickerstaff, and the processes some other teams are undertaking to hire head coaches. Finally, they chat briefly about the NBA Draft Combine and the list that was released on Friday for the event. 

May 2, 2018

This is a two part episode. First, Sam Vecenie chats with Fred Katz to break down what happened with the Oklahoma City Thunder this season. Why did they fail and end up falling in the first round of the playoffs? What happens now, what with Paul George being a free agent and Carmelo Anthony being...well, Melo. 

Then, Sam chats with Cole Zwicker, where they break down what happened with Milwaukee, Indiana, and Washington. A brief moment of silence for Joe Prunty's NBA head coaching career, thoughts on who the Bucks should go after as their new coach, thoughts on how the Pacers actually have some flexibility now, and finally on how the Wizards are either going to have to make big changes, or stick with the status quo. 

Apr 30, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker about the second round of the NBA Playoffs, diving deep on each of the series. First, they run through a post-mortem of the Boston-Milwaukee series where Milwaukee was an abject mess in terms of lineups and Boston saw Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart really make key differences. Then they dive into the Xs and Os of Philadelphia-Boston in the second round, and start to wonder about just how Boston matches up with the Sixers. 

Next, the two break down what happened in Game 7 on Saturday with the Cavaliers beating Indiana, and then move forward into chatting about Toronto-Cleveland. Can the Raptors finally beat Cleveland, and if they can't, can they ever? Why their depth of players could actually cause Cleveland some problems, too. 

Then they move to the West, where each of the two Game 1s went according to plan there, with Golden State and Houston largely wrecking New Orleans and Utah, respectively. Why each of those things happen, and why neither of is particularly bullish on those series going a long way. 

Apr 26, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker, where they breakdown all of the remaining playoff series, in this order: Thunder-Jazz, Cavs-Pacers, Wizards-Raptors, and Bucks-Celtics. 

Then, the two of them do postmortems and offseason look-aheads for the Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, and the Miami Heat. 

Apr 23, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker about the weekend that was in the playoffs. They open with about 20 minutes on the Bucks pulling even with Boston following Joe Prunty stumbling backwards into the Thon Maker adjustment, which changed the complexion of the series. 

Then, the two move on to Wizards-Raptors, Pacers-Cavaliers, and then Philadelphia taking a big lead over Miami. Are the 76ers now the favorite in the Eastern Conference? 

Following the East, they chat about the West. First, they do a post-mortem on Portland, and the mess that Neil Olshey has created in terms of getting more out of this particular group of players. What are the Blazers' options going into the offseason? Then, they chat Jazz-Thunder and Rockets-Wolves, and how those two series are going. Finally, they briefly mentioned Warriors-Spurs, shout out to Manu. 

Apr 19, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with friend of the program Cole Zwicker about all of the Game 2s in the First Round of the NBA Playoffs, breaking them down much in the same way they did Game 1. They went in this order: Pacers-Cavs, Philadelphia-Miami, Utah-OKC, Milwaukee-Boston, Pelicans-Blazers, Wizards-Raptors, Wolves-Rockets, Spurs-Warriors. 

 

Apr 16, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker and talks goes in-depth on the first weekend of the NBA Playoffs, breaking down the first game of each series. Here's the order: Utah-OKC, Milwaukee-Boston, New Orleans-Blazers, Pacers-Cavs, Philly-Miami, Wizards-Raptors, Minnesota-Houston, Golden State-San Antonio. 

Then, they chat about lessons teams can learn from the playoffs in terms of the NBA Draft. Should boards be altered based on the fact that big men are being played off the court regularly in these playoffs, given that five of most people's top-10 are true bigs? What can you learn about drafting wings from these playoffs? Is that now the premium NBA position? 

Finally, Cole checks in from Nike Hoop Summit, where he got a chance to scout some of the best high school players in the country, including R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish, Bol Bol, Quentin Grimes, and more. 

Apr 13, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Zach Harper of Fan Rag Sports and the Count the Dings podcast network to preview the 2018 NBA Playoffs. They run through each series, chatting about their overall thoughts on the series, the matchup within the series they're looking forward to, and the fake over/under they're most looking forward to tracking. 

They chat in order of seeding and by conference, meaning the first series they talk about is Toronto-Washington, followed by Boston-Milwaukee, Miami-Philadelphia, then Cleveland-Indiana. Then they move to the West, where it's Houston-Minnesota, Golden State-San Antonio, Portland-New Orleans, Utah-OKC. Also at the top, they chat about movies and the LeBron series that Zach wrote over 30,000 words on at Fan Rag. Go check that out, and go check out Hurricane Heist.

This episode is sponsored by eHarmony, where you can use the promo code GAMETHEORY to get one month off of a three-month subscription to the dating service. every 

Apr 11, 2018

This episode of the podcast is dedicated to handing out the NBA Awards and All-NBA teams. As is tradition, Dieter Kurtenbach joins the show and he and Sam Vecenie run through each of their teams. 

We hand out and break down: MVP; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Team All-NBA; Defensive Player of the Year; 1st and 2nd Team All-Defense; Rookie of the Year; 1st and 2nd Team All-Rookie; Sixth Man of the Year; Most Improved Player; Coach of the Year. 

This episode is sponsored by eHarmony, where you can use the promo code GAMETHEORY to get one month off of a three-month subscription to the dating service. 

Apr 9, 2018

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins Sam for his weekly appearance on the podcast, where the two chat about the 2017 NBA Draft Class. In detail, they break down the entire class's performance in their rookie seasons, discussing whether or not each player exceeded expectations, lived up to them, or has work to do as a sophomore to get to the level they need. They particularly spend a lot of time on Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, De'Aaron Fox, Dennis Smith, Lauri Markkanen, and Donovan Mitchell. Still, every player selected is mentioned, with every first round pick getting a few words. 

This episode is sponsored by eHarmony, where you can use the promo code GAMETHEORY to get one month off of a three-month subscription to the dating service. 

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