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Jan 23, 2018

In this episode, Sam chats with Dan Feldman from over at NBC Sports about the various NBA news and trade rumors in the NBA. First, they chat about Jason Kidd getting fired in Milwaukee, where Milwaukee goes from here, and where Kidd goes from here. Then, they chat about the report that Kawhi Leonard is unhappy in San Antonio, a very strange situation that neither really understand how to make heads or tails of. 

Then, they chat trades. They go in detail on the Kemba Walker situation, discussing what the Hornets should try to get out of a deal and what other teams should be involved. Then they talk Cavaliers, and discuss whether George Hill, DeAndre Jordan, or Lou Williams are fits. Finally, they chat Lakers, and then discuss what young players selling teams should target in deals. 

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Jan 19, 2018

In this episode, Sam chats with Rob Dauster from over at NBC Sports and does something a little bit different. Typically, he has people on who scout college basketball solely for the purpose of breaking them down as NBA prospects. Instead, in this episode, Sam chats with Rob about NBA Draft prospects from the perspective of someone who writes full-time about college basketball and evaluates players for that purpose.

What does he think of Marvin Bagley? Then, there is a long discussion about Trae Young, the system he operates in, how great his numbers are, and what Oklahoma's scheme tells about what his best fits will be in the NBA. Next, they chat about Mohamed Bamba, and whether or not they trust him at the next level. 

Then, we move on and chat about the Kentucky prospects. What does Rob think about Kevin Knox, Shai Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, and more. We also get into a discussion on Kentucky's best lineups. Finally, we chat about some of the prospects Rob thinks are undervalued by draft people. 

Jan 16, 2018

In this episode, I have two markedly different discussions. First, I chat with former NBA scouting director and current President of TPG Sports Group Pete Philo about the Ball family over in Lithuania. Pete has been to Lithuania on over 50 scouting trips, and is as much an expert on the area as anyone in the public sphere. Pete discusses the differences in talent level, the lack of foresight by LaVar from a player development perspective, and creates a realistic development plan for LaMelo Ball to reach his ceiling as a player. 

Then I talk to Cole Zwicker, where we discuss our top five rookies in this current NBA class. My list: 1. Ben Simmons 2. Jayson Tatum 3. Donovan Mitchell 4. Lauri Markkanen 5. Lonzo Ball. Cole's: 1. Ben Simmons 2. Donovan Mitchell 3. Jayson Tatum 4. OG Anunoby 5. Kyle Kuzma.

I also ask both about Markelle Fultz, and the remarkable question about his jump shot. 

Jan 11, 2018

In this episode, I chat with good friend of the program Cole Zwicker and we finally do what we've been foreshadowing for the last two months: we argue about Marvin Bagley III. I give the case for Bagley, and why he's worthy of a top-three pick in the draft. Cole gives the case against and discusses why he thinks NBA teams will have issues fitting him into their roster due to his limitations. 

Then, we chat about my updated 2018 NBA Mock Draft over at The Athletic, talking about some of the players who have moved up or down my board over the course of the last month. 

Jan 5, 2018

In this episode, I chat with Michael Pina from over at Vice Sports about three different topics. First, we chat Cavs-Celtics from Wednesday night, and then do a deep dive on each team. What do we think of Cleveland? How did the Isaiah Thomas addition the night before against Portland affect them? Do we trust their defense? Do they need another wing? How does Kevin Love fit? Why has Jae Crowder been so bad? A lot of pretty important questions to figure out. 

Then, we chat about the Celtics? Do we think they are realistic contenders for the East? Why has Marcus Morris been so bad? Do we think the defense is stabilizing? How much does their length help them on defense? Then, we chat about Al Horford at length, and discuss why he's been a top 10 player in the NBA for me this season. 

Finally, we chat about the race for the No. 1 overall pick. With eight teams within three wins of each other, and 10 teams within five losses, what should losing teams' priorities be going forward? How do they decide on their goal? 

Jan 3, 2018

This is a pilot episode for a podcast Reags from over at Barstool and I have wanted to do for a while. It's a college basketball picks podcast! This is not a tout podcast, but rather a way into analyzing what's going on with teams around college basketball. In this episode, we chatted about Bonzie Colson's injury, UNC-Florida State, Virginia-Virginia Tech, Kentucky-LSU, and Clemson-Boston College, then at the end give two picks that we really like. 

Any feedback on the concept would be terrific. We're looking to see if this is something we should continue on its own feed, something we should tweak and change, or something that is worthwhile. One note: the sound quality in this episode is not perfect, as Reags was in a McDonald's parking lot. We've adjusted and it'll get better heading into the future. 

Thanks for listening, and we hope to hear from you. -Sam and Reags

Jan 3, 2018

In this start of the year podcast, Cole Zwicker and I look back. We talk about what things we learned about the NBA Draft evaluation process in 2017, and how we're improving our process for the 2018 draft. We then talk about what we screwed up and why (in other words, how did we miss on Kyle Kuzma and some others?). 

Then, we chat some about the forwards in the 2018 NBA Draft class, including some risers that have been interesting so far in Chandler Hutchison, Keita Bates-Diop, and others. 

Dec 29, 2017

In this episode, I chat about the Lakers' organizational situation, the Kentucky-Louisville game, and Luka Doncic. 

First, Trevor Lane of Lakers Nation comes on to chat about the Lakers. Particularly, we chat about Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson, and the strange situations involving both of them. Are the Lakers doing the best job they can at creating a positive organizational culture in Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka's first full year? What do we make of the way the organization has messed with Randle's minutes this year despite his strong play? What are he and/or Jordan Clarkson worth in a trade? 

Then I chat with Cole Zwicker about the Kentucky's domination over Louisville? How great was Shai Alexander? What do we make of Hamidou Diallo's dominance on the break versus his struggles in the halfcourt? Do we like P.J. Washington? Finally, we finish on Luka Doncic's unbelievable season. What makes him so good? Is he an underrated scorer? What teams are his best fits in the NBA? 

The sponsors today: DraftKings and MyBookie. You can use the promo code CLNS at DraftKings, and on MyBookie use GAMETHEORY. 

Dec 24, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Jared Weiss of CelticsWire and CLNS about the Christmas Day NBA games, and each team involved. We talk about them in the order they'll be played: Sixers-Knicks, Warriors-Cavs, Wizards-Celtics, Rockets-Thunder, and Wolves-Lakers. A nice, extended breakdown on each of those teams, plus a bit of fun stuff at the end figuring out what we're most excited for. 

The sponsors today: DraftKings and MyBookie. You can use the promo code CLNS at DraftKings, and on MyBookie use GAMETHEORY. 

Dec 22, 2017

In this episode, I chat with good friend of the program Dieter Kurtenbach about the Anthony Davis headlines this week, and try to craft fake trades around the Pelicans star if things go south this year (hint: BOSTON).

Then, we chat about some of the other potentially available stars around the league, including Marc Gasol, DeAndre Jordan, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, and others. It's solely a fun, speculative podcast, and it includes my favorite Warriors fake trade idea involving Spencer Dinwiddie. 

The sponsors today: DraftKings and MyBookie. You can use the promo code CLNS at DraftKings, and on MyBookie use GAMETHEORY. 

Dec 19, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about the Rockets, Trae Young, and more NBA Draft discussion. 

First, we chat about Houston, and how the Rockets are out to the best start in the NBA. Is this sustainable? Are they the Warriors chief competition for the title this year? What makes them so good? How much does Clint Capela get this offseason? 

Then, we chat Trae Young, and discuss how hard it is to find five better NBA prospects than him right now. What has turned him into such a high level prospect? Beyond him, what do we make of Landry Shamet? Do we like Jalen Brunson? Is there anything particularly interesting about Mississippi State or Cincinnati (no and yes). Also, is Trevon Bluiett turning into a legit prospect? 

The sponsors today: DraftKings and MyBookie. You can use the promo code CLNS at DraftKings, and on MyBookie use GAMETHEORY. 

Dec 13, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about basketball this week. First, we chat about the Ball Family's decision to head over to Lithuania for LiAngelo and LaMelo. How does that situation work?

Then, we chat about the silliness of the "Is Ben Simmons a rookie?" discussion before moving into a mailbag. What should the Boston Celtics draft board look like? How do we evaluate rare skillsets? What is the value of big men in today's NBA marketplace? Who is the most exciting/boring lottery prospect? How much sense does Trae Young make for the Sixers? All that and more, including 10 minutes at the end of the show discussing Paul George, when should the the Thunder potentially start shopping him, and what could teams offer for him?

The sponsors today: DraftKings and MyBookie. You can use the promo code CLNS at DraftKings, and on MyBookie use GAMETHEORY. 

Dec 11, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune about the NBA and some of the college hoops players who have impressed us in the early season. 

First, we chat about the Jahlil Okafor trade, how we were surprised the Sixers got a piece like Trevor Booker in return, and why we think it's ultimately a good deal for both sides. How can Boooker help Philly, and how can Okafor turn it around in Brooklyn?

Then, we chat about the team Tony covers, Utah, and break down how they've been relatively impressive so far given expectations. How has the calculus changed for the Jazz due to the Donovan Mitchell selection? How great of a job has Dennis Lindsey done? Why has Ricky Rubio been so bad? What happens with Derrick Favors? 

Next, we go to Oklahoma City, and talk about the Thunder's start? Should we be worried? Is it that big a concern that they're 12-13, especially in light of their recent run? Is the Melo deal working? Why has Russell Westbrook struggled a bit this year?

Finally, we chat NBA Draft and college hoops for a while. What do our respective top-10s look like right now? Who is the third-best point guard in the draft after Collin Sexton and Trae Young? And just how awesome is Mikal Bridges? 

The sponsors today: DraftKings and MyBookie. You can use the promo code CLNS at DraftKings, and on MyBookie use GAMETHEORY. 

Dec 7, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about two topics. First, we talk about the Celtics. Why has Jayson Tatum been so successful this year? What's been the difference in his jump shot? How good is Jaylen Brown? What makes Marcus Smart such a special player despite the lack of individual efficiency?

Then, we chat NBA Draft prospects. Mikal Bridges had his big breakout last night against Gonzaga, so where is he now? What happened in the big DeAndre Ayton vs. Robert Williams matchup? How about Lonnie Walker's breakout game against Boston, and Mohamed Bamba's alien dunk against VCU? Finally, some notes on players like Landry Shamet, Bonzie Colson, Jevon Carter, Chandler Hutchison, and finally Killian Tillie. 

The sponsors today: DraftKings and MyBookie. You can use the promo code CLNS at DraftKings, and on MyBookie use GAMETHEORY. 

Dec 4, 2017

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. 

The sponsors today: DraftKings and MyBookie. You can use the promo code CLNS at DraftKings, and on MyBookie use GAMETHEORY. 

Dec 2, 2017

In this episode, I chat with The Athletic's Derek Bodner about the 76ers. Just how good has Ben Simmons been this year? Should he be in the all-star game? Has Joel Embiid lived up to lofty expectation this year? How ridiculously valuable was the Robert Covington extension? What do we make of Markelle Fultz? How impressive has Brett Brown been this year?

Finally, we chat about the draft quickly, and who the Sixers could potentially target with the Lakers' pick that may transfer? 

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Nov 30, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Matt Moore from over at CBS Sports about three separate topics that are all relatively intertwined. First, we talk about the Grizzlies, their decision to fire David Fizdale to side with Marc Gasol and continue to build around their soon-to-be 33-year-old center. 

Then, we chat about the Clippers, and get creative in light of the news Blake Griffin will be out for two months. Should they blow it up? If they do, how should they do it? We get extremely creative, including Matt dropping essentially a nuclear bomb on the NBA by totally changing the power structure. That involves trading Blake Griffin instead of DeAndre. Oh, and we talk DeAndre deals, too. 

Finally, we chat about when it's time to hit the eject button and rebuild in the NBA. What are the factors that make it tenable? Also, we then get into the fickleness of how the arduous rebuilding process can go wrong. 

The sponsors today: DraftKings and MyBookie. You can use the promo code CLNS at DraftKings, and on MyBookie use GAMETHEORY. 

Nov 28, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker in his weekly appearance about all of the NBA Draft action we saw over the last week with the PK80, Battle 4 Atlantis, and a billion other early season tournaments. Included: Marvin Bagley, Mohamed Bamba, Trae Young, Collin Sexton, Trevon Duval, Gonzaga's prospects, DeAndre Ayton/Arizona stuff, and more. 

Nov 22, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker in his weekly appearance about a few different topics. First, we talk about Michael Porter's injury. How does this affect his NBA stock?

Then, we talk about Lonzo Ball's shooting woes, the Celtics' young kids Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum, then finally some early NBA Draft impressions on kids like Trae Young, Brandon McCoy, Tyus Battle, Grayson Allen, Allonzo Trier, Chimezie Metu, Robert Williams, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, and more. 

This episode is sponsored by DraftKings and by MyBookie. Use the promo code CLNS for DraftKings, and GAMETHEORY for My Bookie. 

Nov 21, 2017

In this episode, I chat with good friend of the program Dieter Kurtenbach about potential fake trades that make sense. Now that we're about 1/5 of the way through the season, things are starting to crystallize in terms of what teams could potentially be buyers and sellers. We look through the options currently on the market and try to say where we believe those players fit best.

Included: DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan, Julius Randle, Lou Williams, Patrick Beverley, Robin Lopez, Nerlens Noel, Derrick Favors, and my favorite sneaky trade target who is legitimately good: Spencer Dinwiddie. 

This episode is sponsored by DraftKings and by MyBookie. Use the promo code CLNS for DraftKings, and GAMETHEORY for My Bookie. 

Nov 17, 2017

In this episode, I chat with David Nurse, a basketball trainer who has coached in the NBA, consulted for colleges, and done just about everything else in between. We chat about training NBA players, coaching NBA players, helping out college players, and creating connections with some of the best at their craft in the world. We also chat a bit about the NBA in general, and what it was like to be around Lonzo Ball last year. 

Go subscribe to his podcast, The Game of Life Podcast. Also, this episode is presented by DraftKings, where you can use the code "CLNS"

Nov 15, 2017

In this episode, I get with good friend of the program Chris Stone (who took my old job as NBA Draft guy over at Sporting News) about the Champions Classic, an event he covered on Tuesday night. We go deep on Marvin Bagley, Jaren Jackson, Grayson Allen, Miles Bridges, Trevon Duval, Wendell Carter, all of the Kentucky guys, and a few of the Kansas players. Live impressions, what to make of the way they played, the whole nine yards. 

The audio is just slightly skippy due to recording issues, but it's overall good. The episode is sponsored by DraftKings, where you can use the code CLNS. 

Nov 14, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about a few different topics. The first half of the podcast focuses on the NBA. We discuss the Eric Bledsoe trade at the top. Then, we move on to discuss some post-hype NBA Draft picks of the last few years, including Justise Winslow, Emmanuel Mudiay, Julius Randle, Thon Maker, Bobby Portis, Kris Dunn, and others. 

Then, we move on to discuss the 2018 NBA Draft big man class, including Marvin Bagley, DeAndre Ayton, Mohamed Bamba, Wendell Carter, Jaren Jackson, Robert Williams, Chimezie Metu, Mitchell Robinson, and more. 

This episode is sponsored by DraftKings and by MyBookie. Use the promo code CLNS for DraftKings, and GAMETHEORY for My Bookie. 

Nov 9, 2017

With help from our friend 50 Cent, Reags and I preview the 2017-18 College Basketball season, 21 Questions style (shout out Meghan Good).

In this episode, I ask questions about the FBI investigation, whether or not Duke is back, who the best defense in college basketball is, who the most improved player in college basketball will be, what to make of Kentucky's freshman-laden roster, and who will win the national title. 

The sponsor of this episode is GREATS.com, where you can use the promo code GAMETHEORY to get 15 percent off!

Nov 7, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker in his weekly appearance. First, we do an in-depth breakdown on Ben Simmons' first nine games, and how he's found as much success as any rookie in recent years. Then, we do something similar with Kristaps Porzingis, breaking down how he's taken the next step as an offensive creator. 

Next, we break down Luka Doncic, who is currently the No. 1 player on my 2018 NBA Draft board. What makes him so special? Is he really as good as advertised? Is he the best European prospect ever?

Finally, we chat about forwards in the 2018 NBA Draft, including Michael Porter, Miles Bridges, Kevin Knox, Kris Wilkes, Justin Jackson, Jarred Vanderbilt, Isaac Bonga, Arnoldas Kulboka, PJ Washington, Chris Smith, Bonzie Colson, Chandler Hutchison, Vince Edwards, Alize Johnson, Keita Bates-Diop and Yves Pons. 

This episode is sponsored by Greats.com, where you can enter the promo code GAMETHEORY to save 15% on some shoes. 

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