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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. 

Sep 21, 2017

In this episode, Fred Katz and I sought out to preview the Northwest Division. We went a bit long. Well, we spoke for about two hours. So instead of that being one episode, we broke it out into two episodes, with the first part being a breakdown of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Minnesota Timberwolves. Next episode, which will be released on Friday, we'll break down Denver, Utah, and Portland. 

Sep 19, 2017

In this episode, I chat with CJ Moore about the Big 12 to preview the season. In order, we preview Kansas, Texas, TCU, West Virginia, Baylor, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas Tech, Iowa State, Oklahoma State. 

 

Sep 13, 2017

In this episode, I'm joined by Kory Keys where we break down all 14 teams in the SEC. We obviously spend more time on Kentucky than anyone, but we chatted about them all in the order of how interesting I find each team.

In this order: Kentucky, Alabama, Texas A&M, Florida, Missouri, Auburn, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, LSU

Sep 11, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Ricky O'Donnell from over at SB Nation and other places and preview the Central Division. We chat extensively about the Cleveland Cavaliers, Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, and Detroit Pistons. 

Today's sponsor is FanDuel: Use the promo code "GAMETHEORY" to sign up and get in on the action. 

Sep 8, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Blake Murphy from over at Raptors Republic and other places and preview the Atlantic Division. We chat extensively about the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, and New York Knicks in that order. 

Today's sponsor is FanDuel: Use the promo code "GAMETHEORY" to sign up and get in on the action. 

Sep 6, 2017

In this episode, I answer you -- the readers! -- questions. Topics include five breakout candidates in the NBA, my biggest draft hits/misses over the last five years, what I think of Indiana hoops, whether or not I would trade the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 pick for certain NBA stars, whether or not Sacramento has the goods to get that pick, and whether or not I would deal it for Boogie Cousins.

In the second half, I chat about if the seniors with first round NBA Draft potential, what my thoughts on Cam Reddish heading to Duke, what Zion Williamson is, St. John's hoops, Virginia hoops, how Lauri Markkanen has played in Eurobasket, most overrated/underrated CBB players, and finally on whether or not a college hoops team can become a blue blood?

Sep 1, 2017

In this episode, good friend of the program Dieter Kurtenbach comes back on and we chat Western Conference NBA Win Total Over/Unders using the lines that Vegas has given us. 

Within the pod, here are the odds we used: 

Dallas: 35.5; Denver: 45.5; Golden State: 67.5; Houston: 55.5; Los Angeles Clippers: 43.5; Los Angeles Lakers: 33.5; Memphis: 37.5; Minnesota: 48.5; New Orleans: 39.5; Oklahoma City: 51.5; Phoenix: 28.5; Portland: 42.5; Sacramento: 28.5; San Antonio: 54.5; Utah: 40.5

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Aug 30, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Robby Kalland from over at Uproxx Sports about some good old fashioned gambling! Specifically, we chat about Eastern Conference NBA Win Total Over/Unders.

We hit every team in the East, giving our immediate, initial reactions to these Vegas lines based off of these win totals: 

Atlanta: 25.5; Boston: 56.5; Brooklyn: 28.5; Charlotte: 42.5; Chicago: 21.5; Cleveland: 53.5; Detroit: 38.5; Indiana: 31.5; Miami: 43.5; Milwaukee: 47.5; New York: 30.5; Orlando: 33.5; Philadelphia: 42.5; Toronto: 48.5; Washington: 47.5

Mostly, it's a fun talk and we have a blast talking going off of the rails on each team. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe on iTunes! You can follow Robby over at @RKalland, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie on Twitter. Thanks for listening!

Aug 29, 2017

In this episode of the podcast, I chat about both the NBA and college basketball. First, I chat with Jared Weiss of CLNS and CelticsBlog about the Kyrie Irving trade, the Nerlens Noel signing, and the Solomon Hill injury.

Then, I chat with Reags from over at Barstool about college hoops. First, we talk about the fascinating Mitchell Robinson situation, then we talk about Taurean Thompson's transfer, which was reported earlier by Reags. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Jared at @JaredWeissNBA, Reags at @BarstoolReags, and me at @Sam_Vecenie on Twitter. 

Aug 24, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about the top 25 players in the NBA still aged 23-and-under.

The criteria: any player who has been drafted into the NBA born with a 1994 birthdate or later (sorry, Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Buddy Hield, etc.). It's a mix of trade value, my opinion, the marketplace's opinion, and various other factors. We break down the top of the list from 12 to 1 here, and finish by discussing what teams are in the best place in terms of youth. 

12. Josh Jackson; 11. Jayson Tatum; 10. Devin Booker; 9. Myles Turner; 8. Ben Simmons; 7. Andrew Wiggins; 6. Markelle Fultz; 5. Nikola Jokic; 4. Kristaps Porzingis; 3. Joel Embiid; 2. Karl-Anthony Towns; 1. Giannis Antetokounmpo

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Dieter at @dkurtenbach, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

Aug 23, 2017

In this episode, I do an EMERGENCY PODCAST EDITION of the Game Theory Podcast, this time breaking down the insane Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade that was just consummated an hour ago between Boston and Cleveland. To do so, I bring on Michael Pina from over at Vice Sports. 

We chat about what our overarching thoughts are, if we believe one team did better than the other, and what we believe to be the long-term ramifications of this deal. Also, we talk about opportunity costs in regard to Boston Celtics, and the road not travelled this offseason. Also, how well did Koby Altman do in his first trade as Cavaliers' general manager?

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Michael over at @MichaelVPina on Twitter, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks!

Aug 22, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about the top 25 players in the NBA still aged 23-and-under. First though, we chat about the Lakers tampering charges from the Pacers. Is there any chance something comes of this? Is it silly? Should tampering matter?

Then the meat of the podcast, where Dieter and I chat about the top-25 players in the NBA 23-and-under. The criteria: any player who has been drafted into the NBA born with a 1994 birthdate or later (sorry, Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Buddy Hield, etc.). It's a mix of trade value, my opinion, the marketplace's opinion, and various other factors. We break down the list from 25 to 13 here, including some of the omissions and some of the tougher choices. Here are the players broken down: 

25. Jaylen Brown; 24. Malik Monk; 23. Jusuf Nurkic; 22. Aaron Gordon; 21. Gary Harris; 20. Jonathan Isaac; 19. Jamal Murray; 18. De'Aaron Fox; 17. Dennis Smith Jr.; 16. Brandon Ingram; 15. Jabari Parker; 14. D'Angelo Russell; 13. Lonzo Ball

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Dieter at @dkurtenbach, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

Aug 17, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Evan Daniels from over at Scout and Fox Sports. First, we chat about Evan's recent 22-day scouting trip that included the U18s and U16s, and whether or not the talent gap in Europe is getting closer or farther away from its US counterpart. 

Then we delve deep into the 2018 recruiting class. How much better is RJ Barrett than the rest of this group? Who does Evan have ranked No. 2 in this class? How much do we love the point guards? Is there anyone we think is a bit underrated?

You can subscribe to the Game Theory Podcast on iTunes. Please remember to leave ratings and reviews. You can follow Evan at @EvanDaniels, and you can subscribe to his podcast, The Sidelines, on iTunes. Thanks for listening!

Aug 15, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Scott Phillips from over at NBC Sports about the Marvin Bagley commitment. We go in-depth on Bagley's game and what makes him so special. What makes him a better prospect than Michael Porter Jr.? What effect does he have on Duke? What should Duke fans be worried about? Should they be the No. 1 in the preseason top-25? 

Then we chat about other competitors for the No. 1 spot. Should Arizona and DeAndre Ayton be considered? Should Michigan State be considered? What about Kansas and Villanova? Finally, we chat about the fallout for the Class of 2018. Is R.J. Barrett clearly the No. 1 player? Who is No. 2? The rest of the top-five? Tough calls all around. 

My preemptive apologies on the sound quality on my end after my microphone decided to break on me. Thank you for listening, please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Scott at @phillipshoops, and me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

Aug 3, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho. First, we talk about Rich's new food blog, bigtimebites.com. What got Rich into food culture? What made him start a website? What makes his website different? What is the best meal he's had in his 20 years on the road in the NBA? What is his favorite type of food? 

Then, we chat about his team. What does he attribute last season's regression to 36 wins to? What was his main goal going into the 2017 offseason? Did he actually expect Malik Monk to be on the board on draft night? Did they have any concerns on the Dwight Howard trade? Also, I ask him if the Celtics really offered four first round picks in the 2015 NBA Draft. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Rich at @bigtimebites, follow his food blogging at bigtimebites.com, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

Aug 1, 2017

In this episode, I chat about a few different things. I announced my new work destination last Friday, so in the first half of the episode, I chat with Seth Davis, my new boss over at The Fieldhouse. We talk about what led him to The Athletic, why we believe in The Athletic's model, and why we both wanted to work together. Then, we chat about politics online, and how the paradigm has shifted for sports reporters wanting to talk about issues online. Seth also goes into his past and his backstory growing up in Washington D.C. in political circles. 

Then in the second half of the show, I chat with good friend of the program Reid Forgrave from over at CBS Sports. Reid and I spent a lot of time together out in Las Vegas, so we chatted about the biggest story out of the circuit out there: LaVar Ball. What do we think of the situation that happened out there with the female referee? How should the media cover LaVar Ball? Should they cover him at all this year? All that, as well as some small amount of actual basketball talk. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Seth at @SethDavisHoops, you can follow Reid at @ReidForgrave, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

Jul 26, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Michael Pina from Vice Sports about two different things. First, we talk about the Allen Crabbe trade to Brooklyn, a match over a year in the making. Then we play a game discussing which player we would rather have. As in, would you rather start a team with Giannis Antetokounmpo or Kawhi Leonard? With Damian Lillard or Kyrie Irving? Would you rather have Chris Paul or John Wall this year? Kristaps Porzingis or Nikola Jokic? All those and more. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Michael at @MichaelVPina on Twitter, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie.

Jul 25, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Adi Joseph of USA Today about the Kyrie Irving trade request that shocked the basketball world? We talk about the ramifications of this trade request, then go through what the Cavaliers should do. Finally, we run through every team and decide if we think that team makes sense for the Cavaliers to consider a deal with. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Adi over at @AdiJoseph on Twitter, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

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