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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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Aug 31, 2018

It's back. The Top-25 players in the NBA, 23 and Under list makes its second annual appearance on the Game Theory Podcast. This time, Cole Zwicker and I break down the top eight players listed here. I will note: this is entirely splitting hairs, and basically an impossible set of players to rank confidently. 

As usual, a quick rundown on eligibility: Any NBA player (including rookies) who are born 1995 or later. 

From last time: 

9. Luka Doncic

10. Jaylen Brown

11. Brandon Ingram

12. Jamal Murray

13. Jaren Jackson

14. Lonzo Ball

15. Andrew Wiggins

16. Lauri Markkanen

17. Markelle Fultz

18. Marvin Bagley

19. Aaron Gordon

20. Myles Turner

21. Kyle Kuzma

22. D’Angelo Russell

23. Dennis Smith

24. Josh Jackson

25. Trae Young

Aug 27, 2018

It's back. The Top-25 players in the NBA, 23 and Under list makes its second annual appearance on the Game Theory Podcast. This time, Cole Zwicker and I break down the players listed Nos. 25 to No. 17 here, and also chat about some of the players that just barely missed the list. 

As usual, a quick rundown on eligibility: Any NBA player (including rookies) who are born 1995 or later. 

From last time: 

17. Markelle Fultz

18. Marvin Bagley

19. Aaron Gordon

20. Myles Turner

21. Kyle Kuzma

22. D’Angelo Russell

23. Dennis Smith

24. Josh Jackson

25. Trae Young

Aug 24, 2018

It's back. The Top-25 players in the NBA, 23 and Under list makes its second annual appearance on the Game Theory Podcast. This time, Cole Zwicker and I break down the players listed Nos. 25 to No. 17 here, and also chat about some of the players that just barely missed the list. 

As usual, a quick rundown on eligibility: Any NBA player (including rookies) who are born 1995 or later. Having fallen off the list from last season due to age: Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Gary Harris, and Jusuf Nurkic. 

 

Aug 20, 2018

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker, where we finish up our series breaking down every prospect in the NBA by chatting about the prospect-loaded Suns and Kings. 

Before we do that, though, we chat about Kentucky and their trip to the Bahamas. What do we think about their team, and the NBA prospects of some of the guys listed? 

Then, we get deep into the Suns and Kings rosters, breaking down the players in this vague order: 

Suns: Devin Booker, DeAndre Ayton, Josh Jackson, Mikal Bridges, Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender, Elie Okobo, Richaun Holmes, George King, Davon Reed, Shaq Harrison

Kings: Marvin Bagley, De’Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovicm Buddy Hield, Harry Giles, Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, Justin Jackson, Frank MasonDeyonta Davis, Wenyen Gabriel

Aug 17, 2018

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins the podcast to chat about Duke, the Warriors, Clippers, and Lakers. 

First, they chat about Duke's win over Ryerson in the exhibition schedule, chatting specifically about RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson's performance. Should we think about Zion differently? Is Barrett the clear No. 1? 

Then, they jump into breaking down the Warriors, Clippers, and Lakers prospects, including some story time about the run up at UCLA's practice gym. Here's the order in which we discuss prospects. 

Golden State Warriors: Jordan Bell, Kevon Looney, Patrick McCaw, Jacob Evans, Damian Jones, Kendrick Nunn

LA Clippers: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jerome Robinson, Ty Wallace, Sindarius Thornwell, Jawun Evans. Angel Delgado. Johnathan Motley

LA Lakers: Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, Svi Mykhailiuk, Ivica Zubac, Moe Wagner, Alex Caruso, Isaac Bonga, Joel Berry, Jeffrey Carroll, Johnathan Williams III

Aug 13, 2018

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins, and we chat about some of the later moves in free agency. We also chat about the Knicks stating their intention to buy out Joakim Noah, a move that makes absolutely zero sense to us. We also discuss the Pelicans signing Jahlil Okafor, and why Okafor has failed in the NBA so far. Then we talk about the Sam Dekker trade. 

Then we move on and get into the meat of the podcast. We break down the prospects for the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Utah Jazz. Here is the rough order we go in, including all of the prospects we break down in detail. 

Oklahoma City: Alex Abrines, Hamidou Diallo, Devon Hall, Deonte Burton, Kevin Hervey, Tim Luwawu Cabarrot, Abdel Nader, Terrance Ferguson

Portland: Zach Collins, Anfernee Simons, Gary Trent Jr., Caleb Swanigan, Jake Layman, Wade Baldwin

Utah: Donovan Mitchell, Dante Exum, Royce O’Neale, Grayson Allen, Tony Bradley

Aug 9, 2018

A two-part podcast. First, I chat with Brian Snow from 247Sports for 25 minutes about the announced NCAA rule changes yesterday that show a pretty blatant misunderstanding of the process that elite level basketball players undertake now. On the recruiting calendar changes, the draft changes, the agency changes, and everything else. 

Then, I chat with Cole Zwicker, where the two of us drastically underestimate how long it is going to take us to get through the Northwest Division prospects in the NBA and instead decide to just chat about Denver and Minnesota's prospects. We break down Nikola Jokic in-depth, chat about Jamal Murray, Gary Harris briefly, Michael Porter, and the ceiling for Denver's offense.

Then we chat about all of Timberwolves' young players. We chat about Karl-Anthony Towns ceiling, and whether or not I still buy into him having potential MVP potential. How do we rank the young bigs in the NBA? Then, we have the great Andrew Wiggins debate of the summer of 2018. Then we break down all of the others, Tyus Jones, Josh Okogie, and more. 

Aug 6, 2018

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins Sam on the podcast and chats about the Southwest Division. First, they break down the Rockets' offseason, and chat if they're better or worse equipped to take down the Warriors next season. 

Next, they break down all of the prospects in the Southwest Division, including the Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans, San Antonio Spurs. Here's the list of everyone we chatted about:

Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic, Dennis Smith, Jalen Brunson, Ray Spalding, Dorian Finney-Smith, Kostas Antetokounmpo, Chinanu Onuaku, Terry Larrier, Daryl Macon, DING

Houston Rockets: De’Anthony Melton, Gary Clark, Isaiah Hartenstein, Zhou Qi, Vince Edwards

Memphis Grizzlies: Jaren Jackson, Dillon Brooks, Wayne Selden, Jevon Carter, Ivan Rabb, Kobi Simmons, Yuta Watanabe

New Orleans Pelicans: Cheick Diallo, Trevon Bluiett, Frank Jackson, Kenrich Williams

San Antonio Spurs: Lonnie Walker, Dejounte Murray, Jakob Poeltl, Derrick White, Chimezie Metu

Aug 3, 2018

In this episode of the podcast, Sam is joined by Cole Zwicker where the pair discuss the Carmelo Anthony/Dennis Schroder/PHI trade. Then, they get back into breaking down all of the prospects in the NBA, finishing off the Eastern Conference by discussing those in the Southeast Division. 

Again, the cut-offs here are 1995 birthdates or later, or players on rookie contracts under the age of 27. Here is the list of players discussed: 

Atlanta Hawks: Trae Young, John Collins , Taurean Prince, Kevin Huerter, DeAndre Bembry, Omari Spellman, Justin Anderson, Tyler Dorsey, Daniel Hamilton

Charlotte Hornets: Miles Bridges, Malik Monk, Frank Kaminsky, Willy Hernangomez, Dwayne Bacon, Devonte Graham

Miami Heat: Bam Adebayo, Justise Winslow. Derrick Jones Jr., Yante Maten, Derrick Walton

Orlando Magic: Mohamed Bamba, Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac, Melvin Frazier, Jerian Grant, Wes Iwundu, Justin Jackson. Isaiah Briscoe, Troy Caupain

Washington Wizards: Kelly Oubre, Troy Brown, Thomas Bryant, Devin Robinson

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