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Game Theory w/ Sam Vecenie

Sam Vecenie is joined by friends to discuss the NBA, NBA Draft, college basketball, high school basketball, and everything in between. Oh, and they'll randomly talk about movies and more.
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Feb 22, 2018

In this episode, Sam is joined by Cole Zwicker where they debate the merits of Trae Young as a draft prospect. For reference: Cole has Young as a top-three prospect, and Sam has him more in the No. 6-7 range. What are his best aspects as a prospect? What makes us hesitant about him as an NBA player? We dive as deep as possible into the stats, the scouting and the context surrounding him both in high school and in college. 

At the top, we chat briefly about the Dallas Mavericks-misogyny story, then later in the show chat about Jaren Jackson and the ridiculous flashes he's shown in the recent month of play. 

Feb 19, 2018

In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Danny Leroux where they chat about everything they saw in All-Star Weekend and Basketball Without Borders. First, they break down what they saw on Rising Stars game night, where Jaylen Brown stole the show but Bogdan Bogdanovic came away with MVP. Then, they chat about All-Star Saturday, and the relative disappointing evening that was. Finally, they chat about the All-Star game itself, along with who/what stood out. 

Then, they move forward into breaking down Basketball Without Borders, a tremendous event every season involving the best youth players that the rest of the world has to offer. They chat about players like Sekou Doumbouya, Luka Samanic, A.J. Lawson, Charles Bassey, Paul Eboua, N'Faly Dante, and much more. 

Feb 15, 2018

In this episode, Sam chats with Zach Harper from Leverage the Chat and from Fan Rag Sports about a variety of topics. First, they hit on the Ben Simmons vs. Donovan Mitchell rookie of the year debate. Which one would they take and why does the other one suck?

Then, they chat about buyout candidates. They run through the list of names they're interested in, and chat briefly about some of the teams who do or do not have open spots, including the Cavaliers, Celtics, Warriors, Rockets, and more. 

Finally, they finish on the NBA Draft, where Zach has done some interesting work this year breaking down prospects. Why does he like Jaren Jackson, what do they think about Marvin Bagley, and why is Deandre Ayton awesome? Finally, they finish on Trae Young, and try to figure out if he'll be a good professional. 

This episode is sponsored by eHarmony. Go to eHarmony.com and use the code "Game Theory" for one month off on a three-month subscription. 

Feb 12, 2018

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins Sam on the show to chat about a couple of topics. First, Cole and I break down the Cavs-Celtics game from Sunday afternoon. Did the Cavaliers re-establish themselves as the favorites in the Eastern Conference? Was this, simply, a down night for the Celtics? How did the Cavs' new pieces look. 

Then, Cole and I embark on a new project. We do podcast mock draft where we go back and forth making selections for each team, breaking down who we would pick if we were in each team's position. We go from Sacramento at No. 1 all the way down to the Warriors at No. 30, going in-depth on each pick and explaining why we've decided to make such a selection for that team. 

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Feb 9, 2018

In this episode, Sam is joined by friend of the program Dieter Kurtenbach to chat about what went down on NBA Trade Deadline day, an afternoon ruled by the Cleveland Cavaliers trading half of their roster.

How much better did Cleveland get? Did they establish themselves as the favorite of the Eastern Conference? Can they compete with Golden State? Does this make any tangible difference in their long-term outlook? Also, what do their trades mean for the Lakers, Jazz, and Kings -- the other teams involved in the moves?

What did we think of the other teams involved in the deadline action and the other trades that went down? Also, what did we think about Boston, Memphis, Golden State, Toronto and Houston -- among others -- sitting out the action for the most part? All that, a quick rant on the Georgios Papagiannis pick, and more in this super-sized edition of the podcast. 

Feb 8, 2018

In this episode, Sam has his weekly podcast with Cole Zwicker, where the two of them chat about some of the news that's happened in the NBA in recent days. First, they break down the sadness that is the Kristaps Porzingis left ACL tear. Why does he keep getting left-side injuries? How good has he become? And what do the Knicks do now that he's hurt? Also, they chat about the Willy Hernangomez trade and why that happened.

Next, they chat about the Lou Williams extension. Why did Lou undersell his marketplace value? Should have have gone to the market instead of extending? Also, why can't Williams now be traded? 

Then, they do a quick run-through each of the seven best teams in the NBA as Deadline Day approaches. What should the Warriors, Rockets, Celtics, Raptors, Spurs, Timberwolves, and Cavaliers do? They also come up with an interesting Brooklyn/Boston deal that might solve some of their issues. 

Finally, they break down Jaren Jackson Jr. as an NBA Draft prospect. Why is a player averaging 11 points and six rebounds considered a potential top-five pick. Well, it has to do with versatility and skillset. 

Feb 6, 2018

In this episode, Matt Moore of The Action Network joins to chat about the upcoming NBA Trade Deadline. First, we chat about Marcus Smart, the Celtics, and if the Denver Nuggets actually make sense for him. Then, they chat a bit more about Denver, where Denver sits within the scheme of things as they try to make the playoffs. 

Then, we chat generally about the Eastern Conference. How screwed are the Cavs? What do we think about Toronto right now (a lot of love)? Can Boston make the run to the NBA Finals, and what do they need to pick up in the trade market? Then we really get into the nitty gritty, and try to fix the Cavs. Is there an answer to their ills that gives them a chance in the Finals this year? Then in that conversation, we hit a truth: the Cavs should seriously consider trading LeBron. In that vein, we come up with some fake trades with Minnesota, Milwaukee, the Clippers, and more. 

Finally: they chat about some news and notes: should the Blazers move Maurice Harkless? What do we think about Willy Hernangomez' trade demand? Finally, do we like the Tyler Zeller-Rashad Vaughn trade? 

Feb 3, 2018

In this episode, Sam has his weekly podcast with Cole Zwicker where they break down various roster movement and NBA Draft news. 

In this episode, there was a lot to hit on. They start with 10 minutes on Greg Monroe signing in Boston (both are, overall, quite positive on the choice). Then, they briefly chat about the Nikola Mirotic trade to New Orleans. Does that deal make sense for the Pelicans? Should Mirotic have exercised the option in his deal? 

Next, they move on to the Joakim Noah news that he's leaving the Knicks for the time being. What are the Knicks' options? Should they stretch his contract? Should they just ride out the final two years? In their final NBA topic, they chat about the report from The Athletic that the Magic are quietly shopping Aaron Gordon. Should the Magic seriously consider moving him? Also, why?

Then, they break down Mohamed Bamba, and how he's turned it up significantly over the last month of the season. How strongly do they believe in his game? Where do they have him on their boards? Finally, they chat quickly about Lonnie Walker, and how he has the look of a lottery pick despite a slow start. 

Feb 1, 2018

In this episode, Sam talks with Danny Leroux from over at The Athletic (and Dunc'd On, and RealGM Radio) about the NBA Trade Deadline that's coming next week. 

They start by talking about Tyreke Evans and his eventual stop. Do they trust him as an asset to acquire for the rest of the season? Does Boston make the most sense? What are some deals that make the most sense for him? 

Then, they talk about the Los Angeles teams. What deals are out there for the Lakers to pursue in order to achieve their dream of two maximum salary slots? What should the Clippers do following the Blake Griffin deal? Should Avery Bradley be one of the best commodities on their roster? What should they do with DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams? 

Then, they focus on the 76ers. What should the 76ers do? Should they try to acquire Evans? Should they try to get off the Bayless contract by using their first round pick? Also, what do they make of the Nikola Mirotic scuttled deal that would have sent him to New Orleans?

Then, they talk about how the teams with a lot of money in expiring contracts could actually look to be long-term buyers despite their lack of contention this season. Should Dallas or Atlanta try to get some interesting assets? 

Finally, they focus on Cleveland. What is the best set of moves out there for the Cavaliers to pursue? How does the buyout market affect that? 

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