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May 31, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Fred Katz and Matthew Tynan about the Thunder and Spurs upcoming offseason.

First, Fred joins the show and we chat about what it's like to cover Russell Westbrook on a day-to-day basis. Then we discuss the upcoming offseason for the Thunder. What can they change? How much should Andre Roberson get? What should they be looking to acquire? Then, we finally bring up what could end up being the most important story of the offseason: what will Russell Westbrook do, and what should the Thunder do with him?

Then I bring on Matt, and we chat about the Spurs season and the choices they have upcoming. Should the team be looking at max free agents? How close are they to competing with Golden State? Also, I tell the story of how I found the apartment I currently live in, and Matt and I reminisce about what has been a crazy two and a half decades for San Antonio. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Fred at @FredKatz, Matt at @Matthew_Tynan, and myself at @Sam_Vecenie. Thank you all for listening!

May 29, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker in a continuation of last Monday's podcast, this time breaking down the top-five players in the 2017 NBA Draft Class: Markelle Fultz, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Lonzo Ball, and Jonathan Isaac. It's obviously an extremely deep dive given the length of the pod. We also talk at the top about my 15-hour excursion to the EYBL in Los Angeles on Saturday, including seeing Jay-Z in person and some of the best prospects in the class of 2018. Then at the end, we chat a few guys we think we're higher or lower on than general consensus -- including Jawun Evans, Jordan Bell, Ike Anigbogu, and others. 

You can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie, and you can follow Cole at @colezwicker. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. 

May 26, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Tim Cato from SB Nation and Tony Jones from the Salt Lake Tribune to chat about the upcoming offseason for the Dallas Mavericks and the Utah Jazz. 

First, I talk to Tim about the Mavericks and their upcoming questions this summer, including what happens with Dirk Nowitzki, how the Nerlens Noel free agency talk could go, and what they should look for in the draft -- among other things. 

Then, Tony and I have a long deep dive on the Jazz, chatting about the Gordon Hayward contract, the George Hill contract, the future of Derrick Favors and Rodney Hood, what the team should do with Joe Ingles, and generally if we think this team can grow into a title contender if things break right. We also break down the draft and their four upcoming selections. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Tony at @Tjonessltrib and you can follow Tim at @tim_cato. I can be found at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

May 24, 2017

In this episode, we get into NBA Draft/Offseason previews for teams. We're going to try and do -- for the most part -- one lottery and one non-lottery team per episode (and hope they don't go as long as this one did). We kick things off by starting with Denver and Atlanta.

First, we chat with Adam Mares of DenverStiffs.com/Locked on Nuggets to talk about what the Nuggets will do this offseason in what has to be one of the most interesting ones in the entire NBA as the team sits on the precipice of making a leap toward the playoffs. What will they do with Danilo Gallinari and Mason Plumlee? Is this team ripe for a trade up in the NBA Draft to target some specific players? 

Then, we talk to Brad Rowland of Uproxx Sports about the Hawks. Is this team that has stayed with the status quo seemingly for a decade ready to move on and start anew with a new front office? What will they do with Paul Millsap? Will they look to do anything in particular with their three draft picks? Also, we even saved the Dwight Howard discussion until the end!

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Adam at @Adam_Mares, you can follow Brad at @BTRowland, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie -- where I will undoubtedly be tweeting angrily about hockey. 

May 22, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker from The Step Back about six topics. First, we break down Game 3 of Cavs-Celtics, which the Celtics surprisingly won. Do the Celtics have a chance to win the series?

Then, for most of the episode, we do a deep dive into the prospects ranked No. 6 through No. 10 on my 2017 NBA Draft Big Board. First, we talk De'Aaron Fox, who Cole and I differ somewhat wildly on. Then, we chat about Dennis Smith, who Cole has at No. 2 on his board due to the immense upside of his game. Third, we chat about Malik Monk, who is volcanic in terms of scoring ability, but questionable in the rest of his game. Fourth, we chat about Frank Ntilikina, who can do a lot of interesting things with the ball but may not necessarily be enough of an athlete to play point guard yet. Finally, we chat about Lauri Markkanen, who is an incredibly divisive prospect due to his scoring prowess yet obvious deficiencies. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the Game Theory Podcast on iTunes. You can find Cole at @colezwicker on Twitter, and me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

May 19, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Reags from over at Barstool about a variety of topics. First, we chat about the official All-NBA selections. Did the voters get it right? Were there snubs? Also, what do we think about the media voting on it? I also give an explainer on an idea to reform voting to make all parties happy. 

Then, we chat about the NBA Draft lottery, which leads into a bit of a longer discussion on LaVar Ball's most recent FS1 appearance. We then also chat about the Sixers, about De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, and about the Knicks and how the draft will somehow screw them in the end. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the show on iTuners. You can follow Reags at @BarstoolReags, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

May 17, 2017

In this episode that occurred immediately after the lottery, I chat with Chris Stone from over at The Step Back where we break down the lottery's results. What is the most important thing to happen from the lottery? What do we think the Sixers will do at No. 3? What do we think of the lottery process in general? What do we think of lottery night?

Then, we go fully into a mock draft of the lottery, where we break down an initial, quick reaction to what we see on the board in the top-14. The key here is that Philadelphia holds all of the cards on draft night. What they do will shape the entire event. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the show on iTunes. You can follow Chris at @cstonehoops, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. A quick heads up: the first minute of audio gets rough, then is perfect the rest of the way. 

May 15, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Ricky O'Donnell from over at SB Nation about the NBA Draft Combine. What happened at the event? We talk at length at the top about the usefulness of the combine, and how valuable the event is for NBA teams and the public at large?

Then we get into speaking about specific players. We chat at length about Hamidou Diallo, Frank Jackson, Jordan Bell, all of the big men in the middle of the first round right now, Semi Ojeleye, Terrance Ferguson, Justin Patton, Jonathan Jeanne and ball-dominant scoring guards. All of that and far more in a wide-ranging, hour-long conversation from two people who covered the event.

As always, please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Ricky at @SBN_Ricky on Twitter, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

May 10, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Chris Stone over at FanSided about my updated 2017 NBA Draft Big Board over at Sporting News. Specifically, we go in-depth on Jonathan Isaac, Lauri Markkanen, Zach Collins, John Collins, Jawun Evans, Harry Giles, Hamidou Diallo, Ike Anigbogu, and a few of the second round prospects we like. 

Within that discussion, we also touched on some NBA Draft Combine stuff before I head there on Thursday, such as who has the most to gain/lose from the combine, who will be the best player in the five-on-five competition, how we judge combine athletic testing and what matters, and discuss some of the important players who will be testing the waters. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Chris at @cstonehoops, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

May 8, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about three different topics in the NBA/NBA Draft. First, we chat about the Cavaliers dominance. How insane has LeBron been this playoffs? How awesome has David Griffin been at building this team around him? Will they meet the Warriors? 

Second, we chat about the team they just swept, Toronto. The Raptors have what has to be the most complicated offseason upcoming in the NBA. Do they re-sign Kyle Lowry? Do they re-sign Serge Ibaka? Should they bring back Dwane Casey? Blow it up? Keep the status quo? A lot of huge decisions upcoming, and we break them down. 

Finally, we chat deep sleeper NBA Draft prospects. Who are the draft prospects that we think could go undrafted this season, but end up making a roster by the time training camp ends? We break down some names that we're fans of. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Cole at @colezwicker, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

May 5, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Reags from over at Barstool about a few different topics. First, we talk about Lonzo Ball's signature sneaker release. Do we like the shoes? How outrageous is the price point? Do we think Lavar is secretly a genius? How risky is this for Lonzo?

Then, we chat about some cross-racial NBA Draft comparisons, and how we should be better about who we compare NBA Draft prospects to. Included is Luke Kennard, Ivan Rabb, and a few others. Also, we then just compare a few of the elite NBA Draft prospects to their counterparts currently playing in the NBA. 

You can follow Reags' work over at @BarstoolReags and at BarstoolSports.com, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! 

May 3, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Derek Bodner about the 76ers and about the NBA Draft. First, we talk about the Nerlens Noel trade and how it looks for the 76ers right now. Then, we get into talking about the NBA Draft. What makes Markelle Fultz such a ridiculous prospect? What are the holes that Lonzo Ball has in his game? Does Josh Jackson fit with the 76ers? Who are some of the prospects Derek finds to be underrated? What second-round prospects should the 76ers look at? 

You can follow Derek at @DerekBodnerNBA, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast! 

May 2, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Scott Phillips from NBC Sports about some recruiting. First, we chat about Duke's recruiting classes, including the Jordan Goldwire decision. Then we talk about where Scott believes the elite recruits remaining without a commitment in the 2017 class will end up, including Trevon Duval, Kevin Knox, Mohammed Bamba, Brian Bowen and M.J. Walker. 

Then, we chat about the 2018 class. Should Jontay Porter reclassify? Is Marvin Bagley the best NBA prospect in high school basketball? What do we think of Zion Williamson and Romeo Langford? How has Bol Bol become the breakout prospect of the Spring Recruiting Period? What do we think of the point guards in the class?

Finally, we chat about some of the 2017 NBA Draft one-and-done prospects who have made the biggest leaps over the last year. 

You can follow Scott at @phillipshoops on Twitter, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the show!

 

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