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Oct 14, 2018

In this episode, Tony Jones joins the podcast to chat about Jimmy Butler coming to practice, Joakim Noah being gone, and some NBA awards predictions. 

First, Jimmy Butler came to practice (shout out MGRADS), and totally destroyed his teammates. Why is he still in Minnesota? Why are they seriously going to play him this season to start the year? What a bad idea. 

Then, we chat about why stretching Noah now is a bad idea versus later, and some of the other cuts around the NBA. Finally, we chat about Mike Muscala's dad, why the 76ers did the right thing getting out in front of it, and why there's no place for that bullshit. 

Finally, we give predictions on MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Sixth Man of the Year, Most Improved Player, first time All-NBA player, Western/Eastern Conference Finalists, NBA Finalists, and NBA Champion. 

Oct 10, 2018

In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach joins the podcast and we chat about the upcoming NBA season. Particularly, we give some takes. This is the episode where we give purposely bold predictions about the 2018-19 season. The idea is to be purposely be somewhat over the top on these. We give predictions on Jimmy Butler, on MVP, on surprise teams, on shock Rookie of the Year picks, on Donovan Mitchell, Ben Simmons, and Jayson Tatum, and more. 

Oct 4, 2018

In this episode, I chat with Sporting News's Chris Stone about the NCAA Corruption scandal and the NBA Draft. First, we discuss for 15 minutes the NCAA's first trial into the FBI investigation that has engulfed the sport over the last year. Why I'm not super excited by the way this thing will be covered, and why it's most likely outcome is a situation that just hurts teenage athletes. 

The bulk is the podcast is spent discussing NBA Draft prospects. Specifically, Chris and I jump into the weeds and break down all of the big-time lead guards who will be vying for position throughout this college basketball season. In order, here are the names, with longer breakdowns on the first 10: 

Quentin Grimes, Darius Garland, Coby White, Ashton Hagans, Carsen Edwards, Ja Morant, Lindell Wigginton, Ky Bowman, Ty Jerome, Shamorie Ponds, Jon Elmore, Jaylen Hands, Barry Brown, McKinley Wright, D’Marcus Simonds, Tremont Waters, Cassius Winston, Adam Mokoka, Devon Dotson, Tre Jones, JaVonte Smart, Immanuel Quickley, Jahvon Quinerly

Oct 2, 2018

In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach pops on to chat about Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving's conspiracy theories, our favorite conspiracy theories, Luka Doncic's debut, Markelle Fultz making 3s, Patrick McCaw's deal, and the Ryder Cup. 

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Sep 29, 2018

In this episode, Tony Jones from The Athletic joins the pod and chats with Sam about potential rookie contract extensions. They run through the two that have already been done, Karl-Anthony Towns and Devin Booker, then go through the rest and chat about which ones would make sense for both parties to explore, and which ones should wait until the offseason. Among the players discussed: 

Myles Turner, Kristaps Porzingis, D’Angelo Russell, Willie Cauley-Stein, Stanley Johnson, Justise Winslow, Kelly Oubre, Terry Rozier, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Larry Nance, Trey Lyles, Delon Wright, Bobby Portis, Tyus Jones.

Sep 26, 2018

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach. We mostly bullshit about Jimmy Butler, Tom Thibodeau, and the situation in Minnesota. But we also chat about some media day quotes, some of what wasn't said in media days. Also, about Elton Brand, and potential free agency questions, and my ridiculous theory on why it's beneficial for players to be coy with upcoming free agency. 

Sep 19, 2018

In this episode, I chat with Tony Jones about some NBA news. Jimmy Butler has requested a trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves? What teams make sense for him? Should the Nets, Knicks and Clippers -- his three preferred spots -- get involved? Where do the Timberwolves go from here? All that and more. 

Sep 17, 2018

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach and break down NBA Over/Under Win Totals. Which ones do we like? Which are we not sure about? This also acts as a great way to preview NBA teams as we head into camp later this month. 

In this episode, Dieter and I chat about the first half of the Western Conference. In order, those teams are: 

Minnesota, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, and Utah

Then, we chat about movies, TV, some other random bullshit at the end for a while. 

Sep 14, 2018

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach and break down NBA Over/Under Win Totals. Which ones do we like? Which are we not sure about? This also acts as a great way to preview NBA teams as we head into camp later this month. 

In this episode, Dieter and I chat about the first half of the Western Conference. In order, those teams are: 

Dallas, Denver, Golden State, Houston, Clippers, Lakers, Grizzlies.

Then, we chat about the Raiders, about Henry Cavill and Superman, about Mission Impossible, and go on a bunch of random tangents including Dieter hating on Doc Rivers and more. 

Sep 11, 2018

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach and break down NBA Over/Under Win Totals. Which ones do we like? Which are we not sure about? This also acts as a great way to preview NBA teams as we head into camp later this month. 

In this episode, Dieter and I chat about the second half of the Eastern Conference. In order, those teams are: 

Miami, Milwaukee, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington

Sep 4, 2018

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach and break down NBA Over/Under Win Totals. Which ones do we like? Which are we not sure about? This also acts as a great way to preview NBA teams as we head into camp later this month. 

In this episode, Dieter and I chat about the first half of the Eastern Conference. In order, those teams are: 

Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and Indiana. 

Aug 31, 2018

It's back. The Top-25 players in the NBA, 23 and Under list makes its second annual appearance on the Game Theory Podcast. This time, Cole Zwicker and I break down the top eight players listed here. I will note: this is entirely splitting hairs, and basically an impossible set of players to rank confidently. 

As usual, a quick rundown on eligibility: Any NBA player (including rookies) who are born 1995 or later. 

From last time: 

9. Luka Doncic

10. Jaylen Brown

11. Brandon Ingram

12. Jamal Murray

13. Jaren Jackson

14. Lonzo Ball

15. Andrew Wiggins

16. Lauri Markkanen

17. Markelle Fultz

18. Marvin Bagley

19. Aaron Gordon

20. Myles Turner

21. Kyle Kuzma

22. D’Angelo Russell

23. Dennis Smith

24. Josh Jackson

25. Trae Young

Aug 27, 2018

It's back. The Top-25 players in the NBA, 23 and Under list makes its second annual appearance on the Game Theory Podcast. This time, Cole Zwicker and I break down the players listed Nos. 25 to No. 17 here, and also chat about some of the players that just barely missed the list. 

As usual, a quick rundown on eligibility: Any NBA player (including rookies) who are born 1995 or later. 

From last time: 

17. Markelle Fultz

18. Marvin Bagley

19. Aaron Gordon

20. Myles Turner

21. Kyle Kuzma

22. D’Angelo Russell

23. Dennis Smith

24. Josh Jackson

25. Trae Young

Aug 24, 2018

It's back. The Top-25 players in the NBA, 23 and Under list makes its second annual appearance on the Game Theory Podcast. This time, Cole Zwicker and I break down the players listed Nos. 25 to No. 17 here, and also chat about some of the players that just barely missed the list. 

As usual, a quick rundown on eligibility: Any NBA player (including rookies) who are born 1995 or later. Having fallen off the list from last season due to age: Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Gary Harris, and Jusuf Nurkic. 

 

Aug 20, 2018

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker, where we finish up our series breaking down every prospect in the NBA by chatting about the prospect-loaded Suns and Kings. 

Before we do that, though, we chat about Kentucky and their trip to the Bahamas. What do we think about their team, and the NBA prospects of some of the guys listed? 

Then, we get deep into the Suns and Kings rosters, breaking down the players in this vague order: 

Suns: Devin Booker, DeAndre Ayton, Josh Jackson, Mikal Bridges, Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender, Elie Okobo, Richaun Holmes, George King, Davon Reed, Shaq Harrison

Kings: Marvin Bagley, De’Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovicm Buddy Hield, Harry Giles, Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, Justin Jackson, Frank MasonDeyonta Davis, Wenyen Gabriel

Aug 17, 2018

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins the podcast to chat about Duke, the Warriors, Clippers, and Lakers. 

First, they chat about Duke's win over Ryerson in the exhibition schedule, chatting specifically about RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson's performance. Should we think about Zion differently? Is Barrett the clear No. 1? 

Then, they jump into breaking down the Warriors, Clippers, and Lakers prospects, including some story time about the run up at UCLA's practice gym. Here's the order in which we discuss prospects. 

Golden State Warriors: Jordan Bell, Kevon Looney, Patrick McCaw, Jacob Evans, Damian Jones, Kendrick Nunn

LA Clippers: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jerome Robinson, Ty Wallace, Sindarius Thornwell, Jawun Evans. Angel Delgado. Johnathan Motley

LA Lakers: Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, Svi Mykhailiuk, Ivica Zubac, Moe Wagner, Alex Caruso, Isaac Bonga, Joel Berry, Jeffrey Carroll, Johnathan Williams III

Aug 13, 2018

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins, and we chat about some of the later moves in free agency. We also chat about the Knicks stating their intention to buy out Joakim Noah, a move that makes absolutely zero sense to us. We also discuss the Pelicans signing Jahlil Okafor, and why Okafor has failed in the NBA so far. Then we talk about the Sam Dekker trade. 

Then we move on and get into the meat of the podcast. We break down the prospects for the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Utah Jazz. Here is the rough order we go in, including all of the prospects we break down in detail. 

Oklahoma City: Alex Abrines, Hamidou Diallo, Devon Hall, Deonte Burton, Kevin Hervey, Tim Luwawu Cabarrot, Abdel Nader, Terrance Ferguson

Portland: Zach Collins, Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr., Caleb Swanigan, Jake Layman, Wade Baldwin

Utah: Donovan Mitchell, Dante Exum, Royce O’Neale, Grayson Allen, Tony Bradley

Aug 9, 2018

A two-part podcast. First, I chat with Brian Snow from 247Sports for 25 minutes about the announced NCAA rule changes yesterday that show a pretty blatant misunderstanding of the process that elite level basketball players undertake now. On the recruiting calendar changes, the draft changes, the agency changes, and everything else. 

Then, I chat with Cole Zwicker, where the two of us drastically underestimate how long it is going to take us to get through the Northwest Division prospects in the NBA and instead decide to just chat about Denver and Minnesota's prospects. We break down Nikola Jokic in-depth, chat about Jamal Murray, Gary Harris briefly, Michael Porter, and the ceiling for Denver's offense.

Then we chat about all of Timberwolves' young players. We chat about Karl-Anthony Towns ceiling, and whether or not I still buy into him having potential MVP potential. How do we rank the young bigs in the NBA? Then, we have the great Andrew Wiggins debate of the summer of 2018. Then we break down all of the others, Tyus Jones, Josh Okogie, and more. 

Aug 6, 2018

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins Sam on the podcast and chats about the Southwest Division. First, they break down the Rockets' offseason, and chat if they're better or worse equipped to take down the Warriors next season. 

Next, they break down all of the prospects in the Southwest Division, including the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs. Here's the list of everyone we chatted about:

Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic, Dennis Smith, Jalen Brunson, Ray Spalding, Dorian Finney-Smith, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Chinanu Onuaku, Terry Larrier, Daryl Macon, DING

Houston Rockets: De’Anthony Melton, Gary Clark, Isaiah Hartenstein, Zhou Qi, Vince Edwards

Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson, Dillon Brooks, Wayne Selden, Jevon Carter, Ivan Rabb, Kobi Simmons, Yuta Watanabe

New Orleans Pelicans: Cheick Diallo, Trevon Bluiett, Frank Jackson, Kenrich Williams

San Antonio Spurs: Lonnie Walker, Dejounte Murray, Jakob Poeltl, Derrick White, Chimezie Metu

Aug 3, 2018

In this episode of the podcast, Sam is joined by Cole Zwicker where the pair discuss the Carmelo Anthony/Dennis Schroder/PHI trade. Then, they get back into breaking down all of the prospects in the NBA, finishing off the Eastern Conference by discussing those in the Southeast Division. 

Again, the cut-offs here are 1995 birthdates or later, or players on rookie contracts under the age of 27. Here is the list of players discussed: 

Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young, John Collins , Taurean Prince, Kevin Huerter, DeAndre Bembry, Omari Spellman, Justin Anderson, Tyler Dorsey, Daniel Hamilton

Charlotte Hornets: Miles Bridges, Malik Monk, Frank Kaminsky, Willy Hernangomez, Dwayne Bacon, Devonte Graham

Miami Heat: Bam Adebayo, Justise Winslow. Derrick Jones Jr., Yante Maten, Derrick Walton

Orlando Magic: Mohamed Bamba, Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac, Melvin Frazier, Jerian Grant, Wes Iwundu, Justin Jackson. Isaiah Briscoe, Troy Caupain

Washington Wizards: Kelly Oubre, Troy Brown, Thomas Bryant, Devin Robinson

Jul 31, 2018

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins Sam Vecenie and chats about the Kawhi Leonard trade. Do we like the risk for the Raptors now that we're a little bit of a ways out from the decision? Do we like the Spurs still just going in and competing? 

Then, they break down the prospects (23 and under and rookie scale guys) in the Atlantic Division. They are as follows: 

Boston Celtics: Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Robert Williams, Semi Ojeleye, Guerschon Yabusele, Jabari Bird

Brooklyn Nets: D’Angelo Russell, Caris LeVert, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Dzanan Musa, Rodions Kurucs

New York Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina, Mario Hezonja, Mitchell Robinson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Damyean Dotson, Allonzo Trier

Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, Markelle Fultz, Zhaire Smith, TJ McConnell, Furkan Korkmaz, Landry Shamet, Shake Milton

Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Delon Wright, Malachi Richardson

Jul 26, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie embarks on a new project with Cole Zwicker, where they break down every prospect either on rookie contracts or born after 1995 on each team. Here, they start with the Central Division. 

Before they do that, though, they break down the Kevin Love extension, a deal that Cole is understanding of but that Sam doesn't really like. Then, they go into prospects, and go in this order: 

Chicago Bulls: Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Jabari Parker, Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, Bobby Portis, Chandler Hutchison, Denzel Valentine, Antonio Blakeney, Cameron Payne

Cleveland Cavaliers: Collin Sexton, Cedi Osman, Larry Nance, Ante Zizic, Billy Preston

Detroit Pistons: Luke Kennard, Stanley Johnson, Bruce Brown, Khyri Thomas, Henry Ellenson

Indiana Pacers: Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, Aaron Holiday, TJ Leaf, Edmond Sumner, Alize Johnson, Ike Anigbogu

Milwaukee Bucks: Malcolm Brogdon, Thon Maker, Sterling Brown, Donte DiVincenzo, DJ Wilson

Jul 23, 2018

The big Summer League Breakdown podcast! Cole and I run through all of the best and worst that we saw at Summer League this year, giving in-depth breakdowns on all of the highest draft picks, the important second year players, and the third year players still stuck in Vegas. 

If you're interested in a player, the odds are we likely bounced around to him at some point. 

 

Jul 17, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker about some of the bigger moves in the NBA offseason that have happened since the recent podcast. 

Discussion centers around:

-Jabari Parker, Zach LaVine, and the Chicago Bulls

-Kyle Anderson signing and Garrett Temple trade for Memphis

-Remaining free agents Clint Capela, Marcus Smart, Rodney Hood, Montrezl Harrell, and David Nwaba

-Houston Rockets offseason

-Nemanja Bjelica staying overseas and Philadelphia

-Denver gets under the tax

-Brooklyn's smart maneuvering

-Atlanta? 

-Tony Parker to Charlotte

Jul 3, 2018

In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I run through all of free agency's Day 1 transactions outside of LeBron James, chatting about Paul George, where Oklahoma City goes from here, Chris Paul and Trevor Ariza, The Denver moves, Ersan Ilyasova and Doug McDermott, why we like what Brooklyn is doing, and can't really understand Portland. 

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