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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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Oct 19, 2019

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins and we run through some news, some NBA preseason thoughts, and then preview NBA Draft wings. 

First, we discuss Bradley Beal extension and its effects on both the Wizards and Beal. Then, we chat the Warriors keeping Marquese Chriss over Alfonzo McKinnie. We move then to Zion Williamson's injury, and some preseason thoughts on guys like Michael Porter Jr., the Bulls, the Mavericks, and Tyler Herro. 

Then, we chat about NBA Draft wing prospects in this class. Oh, and we chatted about Joker. Don't @ me. 

Oct 7, 2019

In this episode, friend of the program Robby Kalland from UPRoxx Sports joins the podcast, and we chat about Eastern Conference Over/Under Win totals in the NBA. 

The order we go in: Golden State, LA Clippers, LA Lakers, Phoenix, Sacramento

Then, Denver, Minnesota, Oklahoma City, Portland, Utah

Then, Dallas, Houston, Memphis, New Orleans, San Antonio

Finally, we finish with NBA title odds.

Oct 3, 2019

In this episode, friend of the program Robby Kalland from UPRoxx Sports joins the podcast, and we chat about Eastern Conference Over/Under Win totals in the NBA. 

The order we go in: Boston, Brooklyn, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto

Then, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, Milwaukee

Then, Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando, Washington

Finally, we finish with MVP odds. 

Sep 25, 2019

In this episode, Cole Zwicker is here and we break down some early thoughts on the 2020 NBA Draft. Why this draft is still totally wide open. Then, we jump into breaking down LaMelo Ball's start in the NBL and the hype that it's generated already. Where are we on this? What do we think of Melo as a prospect?

Then, we move on to Cole Anthony, and why we're super, super high on him. We then jump into Anthony Edwards and James Wiseman, and why they're both upper-echelon prospects. 

Then, the rest of the podcast is breaking down the other point guards who will be eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft. Who are the names you need to know? Also: why this is a particularly strong lead guard group. 

Sep 18, 2019

In this episode, it's the first one with me as a married podcaster. Dieter joins, discusses the wedding, then we move onto a few different topics. First, we discuss the FIBA World Cup from the US perspective. Why it really doesn't matter, and why I just couldn't really get myself to care about any of it. 

Then, we move to the California bill. Tim Tebow went on TV and showed his ass to everyone, which we discuss in detail. Then, we go into the California bill, discuss why it matters, why it might not really actually change anything for the NCAA, but why it's overall good. 

Finally, we talk about Caris LeVert's extension, Eric Gordon's extension, and the audacity of hope within trainer workout videos of NBA players. Oh, and we talk about a bunch of movies. 

Sep 3, 2019

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker, where we run through our yearly tradition, where we break down our top-25 players who are 23 or younger in the NBA. As usual, the rules are simple: any player born in 1996 or later in eligible that is currently in the NBA. We break them down based off of what their future value to the NBA is, not necessarily what their current standing league-wide is. 

In this one, we run through the nine players ranked in the top-eight. 

Aug 29, 2019

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker, where we run through our yearly tradition, where we break down our top-25 players who are 23 or younger in the NBA. As usual, the rules are simple: any player born in 1996 or later in eligible that is currently in the NBA. We break them down based off of what their future value to the NBA is, not necessarily what their current standing league-wide is. 

In this one, we run through the nine players ranked 16th through 9th, as well as discuss some of the honorable mentions. 

Aug 27, 2019

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker, where we run through our yearly tradition, where we break down our top-25 players who are 23 or younger in the NBA. As usual, the rules are simple: any player born in 1996 or later in eligible that is currently in the NBA. We break them down based off of what their future value to the NBA is, not necessarily what their current standing league-wide is. 

In this one, we run through the nine players ranked 25th through 17th, as well as discuss some of the honorable mentions. 

Aug 14, 2019

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker where we break down Magic Johnson's movie list, as well as all of the players who participated in the Nike Academy event this weekend, including Cole Anthony, Kahlil Whitney, Scottie Lewis, Udoka Azubuike, Obi Toppin, Charles Bassey, and many, many more. Oh yeah, and Michael Porter made a oopsy. 

Aug 8, 2019

In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach joins and we chat about a variety of things. First, we chat about the Rich Paul Rule, and why it's total bullshit on behalf of the NCAA. Then, we chat about Kevin Durant's interview with Chris Haynes, then about Kemba Walker, the Hornets, and the Celtics. We finish on mental health in the NBA and a new initiative by the league. 

Oh, and we chat feral hogs and people getting angry on the internet. 

Aug 3, 2019

In this episode, it's a two-parter! First, Dieter Kurtenbach joins and we break down the Draymond Green four-year, $100 million extension -- as well as his role in the historical context of the NBA. 

Then, we chat with Cole Zwicker about a variety of topics. We break down CJ McCollum's three-year, $100 million extension, followed by breaking down the weak 2020 free agency class. It gets dire in a hurry, but there are at least some interesting names worth bringing up including Andre Drummond, DeMar DeRozan, Mike Conley, Derrick Favors, Fred VanVleet, and more. 

Finally, we jump into some draft prospects. First we talk Game Theory Podcast favorite Isaiah Joe. Then we run through some of the interesting returning prospects in the NCAA. This part jumps around. 

Oh, and we read an absolutely legendary podcast review. I think it's the greatest in Game Theory Podcast history. 

 

Jul 31, 2019

Seth is back! My new colleague at The Athletic, Seth Partnow, joins the show and we chat about a variety of topics surrounding analytics in the NBA, including shot distribution, over/underrated players, what is different about the team side versus the public side, and more. As former Director of Research for the Bucks, Seth has a wide number of areas of expertise. 

Jul 27, 2019

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about three topics. First, we chat about Bradley Beal, and the Wizards options for him. What should they do if he doesn't sign the extension? Should they trade him? If they decide to move him, which team has the best package of assets? 

Then, we chat briefly about Dragan Bender. What are his odds of resurrecting his career in Milwaukee? 

Finally, we break down the potential 2019 Rookie extension candidates. First, we talk about the deals Ben Simmons and Jamal Murray have already signed. Then, we move to Pascal Siakam, Jaylen Brown, Buddy Hield, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Brandon Ingram, Dario Saric, Caris LeVert, Jakob Poeltl, Domantas Sabonis, Taurean Prince, Juan Hernangomez, Malik Beasley, Dejounte Murray.

Jul 24, 2019

In this episode, Dieter and I talk about the the Clippers, then we take a brief tangent onto baseball and the trade deadline, then we chat about Tampering and its effect on the league. How do we fix it, does it matter, and more? Then we chat about the weird Wizards front office stuff, followed by some thoughts on the World Cup and whether or not we care. 

Oh, and we chatted about some movies. 

Jul 18, 2019

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about two subjects: the Russell Westbrook-Chris Paul trade, and NBA Summer League. First, we talk for half an hour about why the Westbrook-Paul deal might be the most interesting in the NBA. Then, we break down what we think each team looks like going forward. 

Then, we run deep into Summer League, where Cole makes me talk about like 25 more players than I actually wanted to. 

Jul 7, 2019

In this episode, Cole joins and we break down what happened with the Kawhi Leonard deal. How does it shift the balance of power in the NBA? How does it change the stakes across the league? What will the Clippers look like? Are they title favorites? Where does Oklahoma City go from here? Should they trade Russell Westbrook? Can Masai Ujiri turn Toronto around? Finally, what do the Lakers do now?

Jul 1, 2019

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins and we break down what ended up being a completely bonkers opening day of free agency. We break down Kevin Durant and Kyrie to the Nets, D'Angelo Russell to the Warriors, Al Horford, Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson to the 76ers, Jimmy Butler heading to Miami, Kemba to the Celtics, Terry Rozier to the Hornets, Orlando running it back, Milwaukee mostly running it back without Brogdon, Indiana and Utah doing really well, and the Knicks. Oh, the Knicks. The Knicks went full Knicks. 

Jun 29, 2019

In this episode, I chat with Dieter about a bunch of free agency stuff, including Harrison Barnes, the Lakers, Kemba Walker, Al Horford, a quick Kevin Durant update, and the rest of free agency. Oh yeah, and we chat about a couple of movies we've seen recently. 

Jun 17, 2019

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker. We break down the Anthony Davis deal and run through all of the pieces of the trade. We actually kind of like this deal for both sides!

Then, we do a 2019 NBA Mock Draft through the first round, where we go back and forth and take our picks. 

Jun 12, 2019

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker where we break down the wild Game 5 between the Raptors and Warriors, including Kevin Durant's injury. We try and look at it from all angles, and look at why it's an incredible bummer on all accounts. 

Then, we break down the prospects ranked 20th through 11th on my big board. Here's the order. 

20. PJ Washington

19. Romeo Langford

18. Tyler Herro

17. Rui Hachimura

16. Nickeil Alexander-Walker

15. Grant Williams

14. Kevin Porter Jr. 

13. Jaxson Hayes

12. Brandon Clarke

11. Nassir Little

Jun 8, 2019

In this episode, I get with Dieter Kurtenbach and we chat about the NBA Finals, Kevin Durant, the Warriors dynasty, the Raptors unbelievable play, and more. 

Jun 5, 2019

In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I break down Game 2 of the NBA Finals and where the series stands heading the rest of the way. 

Then, we start our NBA Draft Big Board series, where we have conversations about all of the top-30 prospects in the class. We break down Nos. 30 through 21 on my board. Here's the rundown: 

30. Eric Paschall

29. Chuma Okeke

28. Luguentz Dort

27. Carsen Edwards

26. Cam Johnson

25. Luka Samanic

24. KZ Okpala

23. Mfiondu Kabengele

22. Keldon Johnson

21. Nic Claxton

May 31, 2019

In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach joins to break down Game One of the NBA Finals. lot of fun talk here breaking down a big game one win for the Raptors. 

May 29, 2019

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins the podcast and we jump around to every level of basketball within the course of an hour and a half. First, we discuss the NBA Finals, previewing what figures to be a fascinating series from an Xs and Os standpoint and giving our prediction on who comes away with the win. 

Then, we talk about the R.J. Hampton decision. What does the decision say about college basketball and its role in the ecosystem? How does this affect Hampton? We try to run through all of the nuances, particularly surrounding development.  

Finally, we chat about some NBA Draft decisions, and give some in-depth Ja Morant takes at the end of the podcast. 

May 23, 2019

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker. We break down the All-Rookie and All-Defense teams, noting what our teams would look like in each situation and what our mindsets are on how to vote for these teams. 

Then, we chatted about the NBA Draft Combine. Who stood out? Who were some of the interesting players in attendance? 

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