Game Theory with Sam Vecenie: College Basketball | NBA Draft | NCAA Podcast

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Dec 15, 2016
In this episode, Jeff Eisenberg and I talk about what is currently the biggest story in college basketball, the UCLA Bruins. Then, Jeff tells me about his story on the origins behind West Virginia's press, and we chat about transfers in the first semester of college hoops. Finally, we chatted about how few mid-majors have a chance at an at-large bid already at this early stage of the season. Follow Jeff on Twitter @JeffEisenberg, and follow his work over at Yahoo! Sports.
Dec 14, 2016
In this edition, Reags from Barstool Sports and I chat about the Sean Woods incident; rule changes like six fouls, quarters vs. halves, and banning the charge; Josh Hart as national player of the year so far; and unpopular non-political opinions. Follow Reags over at Barstool, and over on Twitter at @BarstoolReags.
Dec 13, 2016
In this episode -- the first one back in a somewhat college basketball capacity -- NBC Sports' Rob Dauster comes on to discuss the early season excellence of the freshman class in college basketball, Duke's potential as the season progresses, the struggles of St. John's, and what would happen in a 351-coach battle royale featuring all of them in college basketball.
Jun 30, 2016
In this edition of the Game Theory Podcast, I chat with Cole Zwicker about the NBA's impending free agency period, how we're going to see a robust market for restricted free agency, the push and pull of short term deals versus long-term deals, and run through all of the potential outcomes for NBA free agents. I also give a quick note at the top about my employment situation -- or lack thereof -- at CBS.
Jun 21, 2016
In this edition, Ricky O'Donnell from SB Nation comes on to chat about his hometown Chicago Bulls. What should the team do this summer after its disappointing season? Why haven't they shot down every Jimmy Butler trade rumor immediately? What call do you make with Derrick Rose? Who else do you build around? What do they look for in the draft? It's a tough offseason.
Jun 20, 2016
In this edition of the podcast, I chat with Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune about the Utah Jazz's upcoming offseason and NBA Draft. It's a big summer for the Jazz, who will obviously have a lot of big decisions around Gordon Hayward, Rudy Gobert, and Dante Exum, plus have a choice at No. 12 that could become a contributor to their roster. That and more on the team this time around.
Jun 17, 2016
In this edition, Jonathan Tjarks comes on to discuss the Orlando Magic's roster briefly, followed by some of the more interesting prospects in the 2016 NBA Draft. We hit on long-term injury concerns, Deyonta Davis, Marquese Chriss, Skal Labissiere, and how the difference of the college game can affect the perception of some specific prospects.
Jun 16, 2016
In this edition, we dive deep into the Milwaukee Bucks with Frank Madden, managing editor over at Will the Bucks be able to get Giannis to agree to an extension this offseason? Who should they look at in the draft? What kind of players should they look to bring in during the free agency? How have the Michael Carter-Williams and Greg Monroe things failed and why?
Jun 15, 2016
In this edition, I chat with Blake Murphy of Raptors Republic, who discusses with me his thoughts on what the Raptors should do with DeMar DeRozan, whether or not Bismack Biyombo will be back with the team next season, and how close they are to contending. Also, we chat about the draft and what the team should do at No. 9 and later in the first round.
Jun 14, 2016
In this edition, I talk about the Sacramento Kings offseason and draft with Greg Wissinger of Sactown Royalty. We talked about the never-ending DeMarcus Cousins rumors, whether or not they hold any water, how the Kings should undergo an overhaul this season on the roster, and what the team should look for at No. 8 in the 2016 NBA Draft. Plus, we note how well the Dave Joerger hire really might work out here.
Jun 13, 2016
In this edition of the Game Theory Podcast, Nate Timmons comes on to discuss the Denver Nuggets and what they should do this offseason and NBA Draft. The Nuggets are the sole team with three top 20 selections, and could really shape the direction of the entire draft with their decisions. Also, the team has tough decisions with which core pieces to build around, and which veterans to consider moving in the offseason. A lot of tough choices for Tim Connelly and company upcoming.
Jun 10, 2016
In this edition, we talk to Brett Dawson of the New Orleans Advocate to discuss what exactly the Pelicans should do in the draft and how they should go from here as an organization building around Anthony Davis. Do they do anything in free agency? What do they do in the backcourt? How did this thing get so off the rails so quickly? Lot of questions, and a lot of answers here.
Jun 9, 2016
In this edition, I chat with Steve McPherson, writer for Rolling Stone and Vice and former contributor to Grantland, about the Minnesota Timberwolves. Steve has been covering the team for a few years now, and has some pretty strong insight into how the team performed this season, how the coaching change to Tom Thibodeau could affect the team, and the growth of the young players and what the team needs moving forward to become a contender.
Jun 8, 2016
I chat with old pal Bryan Gibberman, who writes for a few different places on the internet from down in Arizona, about the Suns, who have an interesting draft and offseason coming up. The team has three first round picks, clear holes on the roster, and a glut in the backcourt. How does he propose that be fixed? Find out here.
Jun 7, 2016
In this NBA Draft/Offseason preview, we talk to Kevin O'Connor of SB Nation, Sporting News, and CelticsBlog about what direction the Boston Celtics should go with their insane number of selections in the 2016 draft. They have eight selections, which comprise about 13 percent of the draft, so there is no team that will shape the course of the draft quite like the Celtics this season, as they could go with a variety of different directions in order to fill those picks -- including making trades.
Jun 6, 2016
The Los Angeles Lakers have an interesting draft ahead of them in that a lot of it seems like a foregone conclusion. However, the team still has already had an interesting offseason and should have a fascinating one after the draft. So I got with Darius Soriano of Forum Blue and Gold fame to talk about all of the movement that could happen with the team this offseason.
Jun 6, 2016
In the Game Theory Podcast's well overdue return, we get with Derek Bodner to talk about the Philadelphia 76ers, the No. 1 overall pick, the later first round picks they have, and all of the rumors and speculation that have engulfed the franchise over the course of the last few weeks. Obivously, there's a lot to discuss in there.
Feb 24, 2016
In this edition of the Game Theory Podcast, I have Fred Katz on to talk about the New York Knicks. Particularly, we talk about Jimmer Fredette, why the Knicks have fallen off a cliff, then briefly about continued expectations for Kristaps Porzingis. We then answered a few Twitter questions, including a discussion on why Fred enjoys Capriotti's subs in Las Vegas so much, and whether or not the Hawks should make Dennis Schroder the point guard of the future.
Feb 22, 2016
In this edition of the Game Theory Podcast, Seth Partnow comes on and talks about player development cycles, particularly in regard to Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor, the two most productive rookies in the NBA so far this season according to box scores. Why box scores aren't necessarily the be all, end all, why Towns is not the best center in the NBA, and why we have plenty of reason to be excited about young players in the league.
Feb 12, 2016
In this edition of the Game Theory Podcast, Jordan White of Vice Sports, Uproxx, Hardwood Paroxysm, just about everywhere on the internet, comes on and talks about the All-Star game and All-Star weekend. Topics include why we love the Rising Stars game, why we're excited about big men in the Skill Competition, if Zach LaVine is the best dunker ever, and if we think the NBA All-Star game is worth getting excited over. At the end, we also had a 10-minute digression about comic book movies, including Deadpool, X-Men, and Superman if you're into that thing.
Feb 12, 2016
In this edition of the Game Theory Podcast, I had Danny Leroux on to talk about what went down at the NBA Trade Deadline. I also explained at the top why there was no show earlier in the week. To make up for it, we went super long and talked about a variety of things, including Houston and Dwight Howard, what the Pelicans' direction is, what Orlando was thinking, and whether or not the Clippers are real contenders. At the end, we also chatted about Danny's new project called Blind Spot Removal, which seeks to help provide incentive for those who have a pop culture blind spot that is particularly egregious.
Feb 10, 2016
In this edition of the podcast, my colleague over at CBS Sports Robby Kalland hops on to chat about the trade rumors that are engulfing the Atlanta Hawks right now. Will they move Al Horford? Jeff Teague? What is the situation down there like? Also, Robby gives an interesting trade proposal involving Blake Griffin, Carmelo Anthony, Al Horford and Jeff Teague. Oh, and he also gives a funny story about what happened when he saw Lucas Nogueira for the first time at Summer League after the Hawks traded him back in 2014.
Feb 9, 2016
In this edition of the Game Theory Podcast, I have regular guest Danny Leroux hop on and discuss why the Knicks might have fired Derek Fisher, and what the heck the Kings are doing with George Karl. Both decisions are pretty surprising.
Feb 4, 2016
In this edition of the Game Theory Podcast, I talk with Derek Bodner of Philly Mag, Draft Express, and USA Today. We chat about the situation with the Philadelphia 76ers, including stuff about the Jerry Colangelo/Sam Hinkie front office question, the development of Jahlil Okafor, and how they're going to have a lot of decisions upcoming about who to build around. After that, we discuss the NBA Draft for a majority of the podcast, including Ben Simmons vs. Brandon Ingram, Buddy Hield's rising draft stock, and who some of the players are that we like more than the general consensus, and like a bit less than the general consensus.
Feb 1, 2016
In this edition of the Game Theory Podcast, I have on Danny Leroux to discuss the Phoenix Suns firing Jeff Hornacek finally, and what direction the organization should look to go at this point. How does the roster shake out? How desirable is the job? Who could be traded come deadline time? All of that stuff and more. Plus, at the end, Danny and I also discuss the high school event he went to this weekend, and his first impressions of likely future NBA players like Josh Jackson and Thon Maker, among others.
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