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Dec 13, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about basketball this week. First, we chat about the Ball Family's decision to head over to Lithuania for LiAngelo and LaMelo. How does that situation work?

Then, we chat about the silliness of the "Is Ben Simmons a rookie?" discussion before moving into a mailbag. What should the Boston Celtics draft board look like? How do we evaluate rare skillsets? What is the value of big men in today's NBA marketplace? Who is the most exciting/boring lottery prospect? How much sense does Trae Young make for the Sixers? All that and more, including 10 minutes at the end of the show discussing Paul George, when should the the Thunder potentially start shopping him, and what could teams offer for him?

The sponsors today: DraftKings and MyBookie. You can use the promo code CLNS at DraftKings, and on MyBookie use GAMETHEORY. 

Dec 11, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune about the NBA and some of the college hoops players who have impressed us in the early season. 

First, we chat about the Jahlil Okafor trade, how we were surprised the Sixers got a piece like Trevor Booker in return, and why we think it's ultimately a good deal for both sides. How can Boooker help Philly, and how can Okafor turn it around in Brooklyn?

Then, we chat about the team Tony covers, Utah, and break down how they've been relatively impressive so far given expectations. How has the calculus changed for the Jazz due to the Donovan Mitchell selection? How great of a job has Dennis Lindsey done? Why has Ricky Rubio been so bad? What happens with Derrick Favors? 

Next, we go to Oklahoma City, and talk about the Thunder's start? Should we be worried? Is it that big a concern that they're 12-13, especially in light of their recent run? Is the Melo deal working? Why has Russell Westbrook struggled a bit this year?

Finally, we chat NBA Draft and college hoops for a while. What do our respective top-10s look like right now? Who is the third-best point guard in the draft after Collin Sexton and Trae Young? And just how awesome is Mikal Bridges? 

The sponsors today: DraftKings and MyBookie. You can use the promo code CLNS at DraftKings, and on MyBookie use GAMETHEORY. 

Dec 7, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about two topics. First, we talk about the Celtics. Why has Jayson Tatum been so successful this year? What's been the difference in his jump shot? How good is Jaylen Brown? What makes Marcus Smart such a special player despite the lack of individual efficiency?

Then, we chat NBA Draft prospects. Mikal Bridges had his big breakout last night against Gonzaga, so where is he now? What happened in the big DeAndre Ayton vs. Robert Williams matchup? How about Lonnie Walker's breakout game against Boston, and Mohamed Bamba's alien dunk against VCU? Finally, some notes on players like Landry Shamet, Bonzie Colson, Jevon Carter, Chandler Hutchison, and finally Killian Tillie. 

The sponsors today: DraftKings and MyBookie. You can use the promo code CLNS at DraftKings, and on MyBookie use GAMETHEORY. 

Dec 4, 2017

In this episode, I chat with good friend of the program Danny Leroux about the Eastern Conference. Is that side of the NBA better than anticipated? What has improved with the Cavs during their 11-game win streak? How have the Bucks improved since Eric Bledsoe arrived? Why have the Pistons been the NBA's biggest surprise? What do we think of the Knicks' start? How fun have the Pacers been? 

Also, Danny and I chat briefly about the fun teams of the East, if he agrees with my Spencer Dinwiddie love, and finally do seven or so minutes on the Warriors given Danny's work there. 

The sponsors today: DraftKings and MyBookie. You can use the promo code CLNS at DraftKings, and on MyBookie use GAMETHEORY. 

Dec 2, 2017

In this episode, I chat with The Athletic's Derek Bodner about the 76ers. Just how good has Ben Simmons been this year? Should he be in the all-star game? Has Joel Embiid lived up to lofty expectation this year? How ridiculously valuable was the Robert Covington extension? What do we make of Markelle Fultz? How impressive has Brett Brown been this year?

Finally, we chat about the draft quickly, and who the Sixers could potentially target with the Lakers' pick that may transfer? 

The sponsors today: DraftKings and MyBookie. You can use the promo code CLNS at DraftKings, and on MyBookie use GAMETHEORY. 

Nov 30, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Matt Moore from over at CBS Sports about three separate topics that are all relatively intertwined. First, we talk about the Grizzlies, their decision to fire David Fizdale to side with Marc Gasol and continue to build around their soon-to-be 33-year-old center. 

Then, we chat about the Clippers, and get creative in light of the news Blake Griffin will be out for two months. Should they blow it up? If they do, how should they do it? We get extremely creative, including Matt dropping essentially a nuclear bomb on the NBA by totally changing the power structure. That involves trading Blake Griffin instead of DeAndre. Oh, and we talk DeAndre deals, too. 

Finally, we chat about when it's time to hit the eject button and rebuild in the NBA. What are the factors that make it tenable? Also, we then get into the fickleness of how the arduous rebuilding process can go wrong. 

The sponsors today: DraftKings and MyBookie. You can use the promo code CLNS at DraftKings, and on MyBookie use GAMETHEORY. 

Nov 28, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker in his weekly appearance about all of the NBA Draft action we saw over the last week with the PK80, Battle 4 Atlantis, and a billion other early season tournaments. Included: Marvin Bagley, Mohamed Bamba, Trae Young, Collin Sexton, Trevon Duval, Gonzaga's prospects, DeAndre Ayton/Arizona stuff, and more. 

Nov 22, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker in his weekly appearance about a few different topics. First, we talk about Michael Porter's injury. How does this affect his NBA stock?

Then, we talk about Lonzo Ball's shooting woes, the Celtics' young kids Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, then finally some early NBA Draft impressions on kids like Trae Young, Brandon McCoy, Tyus Battle, Grayson Allen, Allonzo Trier, Chimezie Metu, Robert Williams, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and more. 

This episode is sponsored by DraftKings and by MyBookie. Use the promo code CLNS for DraftKings, and GAMETHEORY for My Bookie. 

Nov 21, 2017

In this episode, I chat with good friend of the program Dieter Kurtenbach about potential fake trades that make sense. Now that we're about 1/5 of the way through the season, things are starting to crystallize in terms of what teams could potentially be buyers and sellers. We look through the options currently on the market and try to say where we believe those players fit best.

Included: DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan, Julius Randle, Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Robin Lopez, Nerlens Noel, Derrick Favors, and my favorite sneaky trade target who is legitimately good: Spencer Dinwiddie. 

This episode is sponsored by DraftKings and by MyBookie. Use the promo code CLNS for DraftKings, and GAMETHEORY for My Bookie. 

Nov 17, 2017

In this episode, I chat with David Nurse, a basketball trainer who has coached in the NBA, consulted for colleges, and done just about everything else in between. We chat about training NBA players, coaching NBA players, helping out college players, and creating connections with some of the best at their craft in the world. We also chat a bit about the NBA in general, and what it was like to be around Lonzo Ball last year. 

Go subscribe to his podcast, The Game of Life Podcast. Also, this episode is presented by DraftKings, where you can use the code "CLNS"

Nov 15, 2017

In this episode, I get with good friend of the program Chris Stone (who took my old job as NBA Draft guy over at Sporting News) about the Champions Classic, an event he covered on Tuesday night. We go deep on Marvin Bagley, Jaren Jackson, Grayson Allen, Miles Bridges, Trevon Duval, Wendell Carter, all of the Kentucky guys, and a few of the Kansas players. Live impressions, what to make of the way they played, the whole nine yards. 

The audio is just slightly skippy due to recording issues, but it's overall good. The episode is sponsored by DraftKings, where you can use the code CLNS. 

Nov 14, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about a few different topics. The first half of the podcast focuses on the NBA. We discuss the Eric Bledsoe trade at the top. Then, we move on to discuss some post-hype NBA Draft picks of the last few years, including Justise Winslow, Emmanuel Mudiay, Julius Randle, Thon Maker, Bobby Portis, Kris Dunn, and others. 

Then, we move on to discuss the 2018 NBA Draft big man class, including Marvin Bagley, DeAndre Ayton, Mohamed Bamba, Wendell Carter, Jaren Jackson, Robert Williams, Chimezie Metu, Mitchell Robinson, and more. 

This episode is sponsored by DraftKings and by MyBookie. Use the promo code CLNS for DraftKings, and GAMETHEORY for My Bookie. 

Nov 9, 2017

With help from our friend 50 Cent, Reags and I preview the 2017-18 College Basketball season, 21 Questions style (shout out Meghan Good).

In this episode, I ask questions about the FBI investigation, whether or not Duke is back, who the best defense in college basketball is, who the most improved player in college basketball will be, what to make of Kentucky's freshman-laden roster, and who will win the national title. 

The sponsor of this episode is GREATS.com, where you can use the promo code GAMETHEORY to get 15 percent off!

Nov 7, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker in his weekly appearance. First, we do an in-depth breakdown on Ben Simmons' first nine games, and how he's found as much success as any rookie in recent years. Then, we do something similar with Kristaps Porzingis, breaking down how he's taken the next step as an offensive creator. 

Next, we break down Luka Doncic, who is currently the No. 1 player on my 2018 NBA Draft board. What makes him so special? Is he really as good as advertised? Is he the best European prospect ever?

Finally, we chat about forwards in the 2018 NBA Draft, including Michael Porter, Miles Bridges, Kevin Knox, Kris Wilkes, Justin Jackson, Jarred Vanderbilt, Isaac Bonga, Arnoldas Kulboka, PJ Washington, Chris Smith, Bonzie Colson, Chandler Hutchison, Vince Edwards, Alize Johnson, Keita Bates-Diop and Yves Pons. 

This episode is sponsored by Greats.com, where you can enter the promo code GAMETHEORY to save 15% on some shoes. 

Nov 4, 2017

In this episode, I chat with friend of the program Jared Weiss from over at USA Today/CLNS to talk about the top-four teams in Eastern Conference: Cleveland, Boston, Washington, and Toronto. 

Is it time to panic in Cleveland? What do we think of Boston's defensive start, and how Kyrie Irving has played so far? Is Washington a threat to finish atop the East, still? What do we think of Toronto's new offense? It's all here, and it's all fun discussion. 

This episode is sponsored by GREATS. Use the promo code GAMETHEORY at check out to get 15% off shoes at Greats.com. 

Nov 2, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about two topics. First, we break down the rookie option exercise/decline process, and some of the more notable choices including Jahlil Okafor, Mario Hezonja, Brice Johnson, Cameron Payne, Bobby Portis, Rashad Vaughn and more. 

Then, we chat about 2018 NBA Draft wings, including Lonnie Walker, Hamidou Diallo, Troy Brown, Dzanan Musa, Allonzo Trier, Tyus Battle, Mikal Bridges, Rawle Alkins, and more.

This episode is sponsored by GREATS over at Greats.com, where you can use our promo code GAMETHEORY FOR 15% off. 

Oct 27, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Dave DuFour of the On The NBA Podcast with Dave DuFour to break down the NBA's early season surprises, including the Spurs, Magic, Raptors, Cavs, Warriors, Nuggets, Timberwolves, Pistons, Grizzlies, Blazers, Lakers, Nets, and more.

Oct 25, 2017

In this week's appearance, Cole Zwicker and I spend far too much time breaking down basketball. Really, this probably should have been two podcasts. 

The first half is dedicated to talking about early season NBA performances from young players, including Ben Simmons, Markelle Fultz, Andrew Wiggins, D'Angelo Russell, Dejounte Murray, and others. 

The second half is a breakdown of some potential 2018 NBA Draft combo guards, including Bruce Brown, Shake Milton, DeAnthony Melton, Devonte Graham, Grayson Allen, and brief thoughts on many more. 

Oct 19, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Ben Brust about the league he used to play in, the Big Ten. We break down all of the teams, and he tells stories about playing against Marshall Henderson, going to the casino four nights in a row, and some of the funny stories from traveling around the league. 

Oct 17, 2017

In this episode, I'm joined by Cole Zwicker in the first of many upcoming appearances. First, we break down the Joel Embiid contract and discuss if we're fans of it, including of the structure and timing. Then, we break down the Memphis roster conundrum, including the Wade Baldwin decision. What is going on with the Grizzlies?

Next, we break down the top lead guards in the 2018 NBA Draft. Particularly, a lot of time is given to Collin Sexton and Trevon Duval, Then we discuss if there's currently anyone else worth tracking coming into the season as a potential early pick. 

Oct 6, 2017

In this episode, I'm joined by Dieter Kurtenbach who came up with the idea to do fake NBA Over/Unders on fun storylines throughout the NBA season. We go back and forth on subjects that we didn't know ahead of time, including over/under 1.5 Rick Carlisle/Dennis Smith public discussions, over/under 45.5 games in New Orleans for DeMarcus Cousins, over/under 1.5 Bulls players that Dieter can't even come close to naming by March 15, and over/under 90.5 LaVar Ball headlines. 

Oh, and Dieter starts a dialogue all over the place. 

Oct 4, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Rob Dauster from over at NBC Sports about two topics. First, we chat briefly about his overall opinions on the NCAA coaching scandal currently engulfing the sport. But then we get into the meat of the podcast, breaking down each team in the Big East. That includes an in-depth breakdown on Villanova, followed by Seton Hall, Xavier, St. John's, Butler, Creighton, Providence, Marquette, DePaul, and Georgetown. 

Oct 2, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Reags from over at Barstool about the NCAA cheating levee breaking loose. Where do we go from here? Why didn't journalists break this (a lot of reasons). Where does Louisville go? What happens with Rick Pitino? Does Sean Miller survive at Arizona? There are a million questions. Then, we chat about the Carmelo Anthony deal and how it works for both the Knicks and Thunder. 

Sep 28, 2017

In this episode, I finish breaking down the Northwest Division with Fred Katz of the Norman Transcript. We chat about the Nuggets, Jazz and Blazers, breaking down all of their offseason moves and why I'm relatively bullish on all of them. 

 

Sep 25, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Pete Philo. Pete is a former NBA Scouting Director for the Timberwolves and Pacers, as well as a scout for the Mavericks. Currently, he runs TPG Sports Group, which runs Virtual Scout School, Pro Scout School, and Sports Tank.

We chat about how he got into the scouting industry, then get into some scouting stories. What is the most important part of scouting? How does one go about gathering scouting information overseas? What does he remember about the time he spent with Michael Beasley? What was it like to work for David Kahn? What does he consider to be his biggest hits and misses? How did the Mavericks end up taking Pavel Podkolzine? Then, we delve into what Pete's doing now, and what he does with Scout School. 

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