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Jun 7, 2017

In this episode, I chat with SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell about the NBA Finals so far and about the Bulls NBA Draft/Offseason. 

First, we chat for half an hour about the Finals, and discuss what's going on. How good at the Warriors? Are the Warriors the best team ever? What is Ty Lue doing trying to run with the Warriors? What's going on with Tristan Thompson? How unbelievable has Kevin Durant been? Can the Cavs come back?

Then, we get really depressed and talk about the Bulls. What is this organization doing? Does it have a direction? Are they really going to bring the gang back together on the most depressing team in the NBA? Realistically, should the team be trying to trade Jimmy Butler? Also, what draft prospects should the team look at?

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

Jun 5, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Frank Madden from over at the Locked on Bucks podcast (formerly of BrewHoop fame) about the Milwaukee Bucks. 

It's a long, wide-ranging podcast that takes a deep dive into the Milwaukee Bucks season and how they can improve in 2017-18. Would you start a team with Giannis over any other player when taking the salary cap into mind? Just what is Jabari Parker's ceiling? How wrong was I about Thon Maker? What should the Bucks priorities be to get into the next tier in the East? 

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

Jun 2, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Dan Feldman from NBC Sports and Ian Levy from FanSided to break down the Pistons and Pacers NBA Draft and offseasons. 

First, I chat with Dan about the Pistons. How do we feel about Andre Drummond as the team's franchise player? What options does this team have as it's right up against the cap after it likely re-signs Kentavious Caldwell-Pope? Is the Stan Van Gundy front office experiment working? Will they actually try to shop the No. 12 overall pick? What do we think of their recent draft history under Van Gundy?

Then, I chat with Ian where we get right into the question of the hour: what will this roster look like next season? Will they keep Paul George, or decide to trade him? What could a trade for George look like? Will Jeff Teague be back? What will they do at No. 18? How does the front office change from Larry Bird to Kevin Pritchard impact things -- if at all? Lot of tough questions in Indy this year. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can find Dan at @DanFeldmanNBA, Ian at @HickoryHigh, and me at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening, everyone! 

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!

 

Apr 26, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Reags from over at Barstool about his bachelor party and reminisce deeply about college. 

Then, we get into what we really wanted to talk about, which is the hypocrisy of getting angry about NBA Draft early entry decisions. Why do people decide this is the one thing they need to get so salty about when it isn't their lives? We examine. 

Then we chat about some of the more important decisions coming up in the process, which will be ongoing through May 24, the pull-out date for NCAA prospects to retain eligibility. 

You can follow Reags on Twitter over at @BarstoolReags, follow his podcast with Ben Brust at @FundamentallySD, and you can follow me @Sam_Vecenie. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast!

Apr 24, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Ricky O'Donnell of SB Nation about the NBA playoffs. We start with the Bulls, their point guard issues, how the front office essentially gave away three rotation pieces for nothing, Fred Hoiberg hitting #PEAKCAUCASITY, and if they can win this series.

Then, we move on briefly to talk about Utah and the Clippers, and how disjointed this series has been due to injury. next, we chat about Milwaukee and Toronto, particularly spending some time on Thon Maker and how he's been able to make an impact so early in his NBA career. Then we move on to John Wall's dominant play, and how he's probably been the best player so far in the playoffs not named LeBron James. Finally, we chat about Paul George and what we think happens with him and the Pacers this offseason. Then, to cap things off, we chat about Hamidou Diallo, an elite Kentucky freshman that has declared for the draft despite never playing a game for the Wildcats. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Ricky over at @SBN_Ricky on Twitter, and follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

Apr 21, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Jared Dubin about what we've seen thus far in the NBA playoffs. The first half of the podcast is devoted to what's going on with Boston. How are the Bulls doing this? What problems do the Celtics currently have? Can they be fixed? And most importantly, did they make a mistake not pushing in at the trade deadline (I argue resoundingly that they did not)? 

Then, we chat about Russell Westbrook's performance on Wednesday night, and how to assess such a monstrous yet problematic player. Then we chat briefly about a few other series, as well as discuss the Big Bowl of Chili explanation in a Texas court of law that has taken the country by storm. 

You can follow Jared over at @JADubin5 on Twitter, as well as follow me at @Sam_Vecenie. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the show! 

Apr 19, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker from over at The Step Back on FanSided about a variety of topics, including some of the standouts over at Nike Hoop Summit in Portland this season. Then, we move into this year's draft topics, including Grayson Allen's decision to stay at Duke (IS DUKE BACK?), what we think of Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, and Lonzo Ball, and then talk about Miles Bridges and what we thought of where he'd end up in this draft. Finally, we chat about some of the players we think are overrated or underrated by what we see as the consensus opinion right now. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the show on iTunes. You can follow Cole's work over at @colezwicker, and you can follow me over at @Sam_Vecenie on Twitter. 

Apr 18, 2017

In this episode of the podcast, I chat with Reags from over at Barstool about some of the important offseason moves of the last week in college basketball, including Miles Bridges and Allonzo Trier deciding to return to school, and how we hope that it doesn't adversely affect their earning potential in the future. We also chat about Michigan State particularly in-depth, talking about what we think will be their best lineups in the 2017-18 season. 

Then we chat about Sean Miller and Arizona setting up for a big year, and where exactly he ranks in comparison to other elite coaches. We also chat about Patrick Ewing and Georgetown, and how we don't know how that entire thing is going to go down. Finally, we chat about who we think the five best players returning to college basketball are right now. 

You can follow me @Sam_Vecenie, and Reags over at @BarstoolReags. Follow his podcast by searching Fundamentally Sound on iTunes, and follow it at @FundamentallySD on Twitter. Finally, remember to rate, review and subscribe to this podcast! 

Apr 14, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach from over at Fox Sports about NBA Awards. Who should win MVP between Kawhi Leonard, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, and LeBron James? Is Draymond Green Defensive Player of the year, or is it Rudy Gobert? What should we do with Joel Embiid and the NBA Rookie of the Year race? 

We also chat about All-NBA, All-Rookie, and All-Defense in this episode, as well as the intensity of playoff hockey and my dog's tendency to decide to poop inside. Finally, Dieter gives us an upset to look out for in the NBA Playoffs' first round. 

You can follow me over at @Sam_Vecenie, and Dieter over at @dkurtenbach on Twitter. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the show if you enjoy it! 

Apr 12, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Chris Stone from over at FanSided to chat about my updated 2017 NBA Draft Big Board. Particularly, we chat about the way we go about looking at each prospect as something of an expected value equation, and how we believe people often minimize the potential low-end outcomes of prospects.

Then, we chat about how that affects Josh Jackson and Lonzo Ball particularly. Further, we talk about why I'm higher on Miles Bridges than most people are, and then discuss two prospects who officially entered the NBA Draft for good on Tuesday evening: Zach Collins and Jarrett Allen. Finally, we talk about some of the senior points guards of the class, particularly why I'm high on Monte Morris and Frank Mason. 

Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the show if you enjoy it, and please give Chris a follow over at @cstonehoops. He does a great job scouting and rating prospects over at FanSided. 

Apr 10, 2017

In this episode I chat with Raphielle Johnson of FanRag Sports about the so-called "transfer epidemic," the most infuriating topic in college sports. 

First though, we chat about the national title game briefly, and how I struggle to connect at all with this North Carolina championship team. Then, we get into transfers, and how ridiculous it is to call out the idea of student-athlete transfers as a bad thing. Then, we chat about the best transfers on the market, including Dedric and K.J. Lawson, Cam Johnson, Carlton Bragg, Chase Jeter, Marcus Evans, and others. Within that, we talk about some of the more problematic program situations in the country, including Pittsburgh, Memphis, and potentially Connecticut. 

Finally, we bring it full circle and chat a bit more about how people are really getting enraged about like 25 significant difference-makers changing teams. 

Mar 29, 2017

In this episode, I chat with CJ Moore from over at Bleacher Report about a couple of different topics. First, we chat about some of the more interesting NBA Draft decisions over the last few days, including Harry Giles, Edmond Sumner, Jarrett Allen, Semi Ojeleye, John Collins, Donovan Mitchell, Ivan Rabb, Dwayne Bacon, and Jawun Evans. 

Then, we break down the Final Four matchups, including some of the advantages North Carolina and Oregon will look to employ against each other, as well as some of the matchups South Carolina will have to utilize in order to slow down Gonzaga's attack (and vice versa). 

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