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
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
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.
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?
In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins Sam on the show to chat about a couple of topics. First, Cole and I break down the Cavs-Celtics game from Sunday afternoon. Did the Cavaliers re-establish themselves as the favorites in the Eastern Conference? Was this, simply, a down night for the Celtics? How did the Cavs' new pieces look.
Then, Cole and I embark on a new project. We do podcast mock draft where we go back and forth making selections for each team, breaking down who we would pick if we were in each team's position. We go from Sacramento at No. 1 all the way down to the Warriors at No. 30, going in-depth on each pick and explaining why we've decided to make such a selection for that team.
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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.
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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.
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