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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!

Jul 21, 2017

In this episode, I answer all of your questions from earlier on Thursday. But before we get into that, I chat with Reags from over at Barstool about two important topics. The first: say you are a head coach of a Division I program and have access to any three coaches in the country to be your assistants. Who would you pick and why?

Then, Reags and I share our five favorite basketball movies ever (non-documentary edition), and discuss how basketball has really gotten the short end of the stick over the years in Hollywood by breaking down our favorite movies from other sports. 

Finally, we answer your questions. Lot of talk about the Big East. Do we think Derrick Rose is a fit in Cleveland (or anywhere)? How does Markelle Fultz rank within the last decade of prospects? Who is the most underrated college basketball player at the low/mid/high-major levels? All that and more in this episode. 

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

Jul 19, 2017

This week on the podcast, we'll be discussing NBA offseason winners and losers with Dieter Kurtenbach. In this episode, we talk about the losers, including the Clippers, Jazz, Cavaliers, Heat, Bulls, Pacers, Pistons, Pelicans, and of course, the New York Knicks.  

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

Jul 17, 2017

This week on the podcast, we'll be discussing NBA offseason winners and losers with Dieter Kurtenbach. In this episode, we talk about the winners, including the Rockets, Warriors, Thunder, Celtics, Timberwolves, Nets, 76ers, and Nuggets. We also discuss at the top a couple of overarching themes from the offseason, including the importance of draft picks and cap space going forward. 

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

Jul 14, 2017

In this episode, I'm joined by Cole Zwicker who helps me break down all of the action at Summer League in Las Vegas. What players stood out in Vegas? What players have struggled? We break down Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith, Donovan Mitchell, John Collins, and more.

Then, we delve deep into the 2016 NBA Draftees, and discuss Brandon Ingram, Kris Dunn, Marquese Chriss, and others. We also chat about some of the undrafted players who are interesting, and some of the older guys in attendance. Finally, we give out some awards, including best rookie, best second year player, and some of the more disappointing guys in attendance. 

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

Jul 7, 2017

In this episode, I chat all things Gordon Hayward with both the Utah and Boston sides of the spectrum. First, I chat with Jay King from over at MassLive.com about how the Hayward decision went down from the Boston side. How does Hayward fit on the team? How will they get the cap space to sign him? 

Then, I chat with Tony Jones about reporting on the Hayward choice. What did his day look like on Tuesday? Does he believe that Hayward wavered throughout the day Tuesday? Where does this leave Utah? Can they still make a playoff run next year?

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the show on iTunes. You can follow Jay at @ByJayKing, follow Tony at @tribjazz or @tjonessltrib, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

Jul 6, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about more free agency moves. First, we chat quickly about Gordon Hayward (before my Friday mega pod on him alone), then talk Paul Millsap, Kyle Lowry/Toronto, George Hill/Sacramento, Danilo Gallinari, Dion Waiters, how Kevin Durant can't win in free agency, and some of the other low-level deals that have occurred in the previous three days. 

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

Jul 1, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about all of the happenings of free agency on Day One. First though, we chat about the Paul George trade (did the Celtics mess up? Is this a Pacers misevaluation?). Then, we chat about the big deals in free agency. What do we make of the Blake Griffin max? How is Jrue Holiday's deal going to play out? Is the J.J. Redick signing our favorite? What do we make of some of the lower level signings?

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. Follow Dieter over at @dkurtenbach on Twitter, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

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