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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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Dec 5, 2019

In this episode of the podcast, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about the top of the Eastern Conference. We start with the Bucks because not enough people are talking about how dominant Milwaukee has been to start the year. Then we move to Miami and its super fun group of players, we talk about the Celtics and their cohesion, the Raptors and the leaps they've gotten from young players, and the roller coaster that is watching 76ers games. 

Then, we move on to the Rockets and how watching them play is a bit frustrating. We close on The Irishman and Knives Out, two movies were very wildly different experiences. 

Nov 30, 2019

In this podcast, Cole Zwicker and Sam run through their overall thoughts on a big variety of prospects. 

Somewhat in order of who we discuss: 

James Wiseman, Tyrese Haliburton, Isaac Okoro, Arizona, Grant Riller, , Florida, Kira lewis, Myles Powell, Aaron Nesmith, Jahmi'us Ramsey, Tyrell Terry, Mason Jones, Franz Wagner

Nov 28, 2019

In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I break down a bunch of different college prospects. We start with Anthony Edwards' massive explosion against Michigan State, where he scored 33 points in 15 minutes in the second half. 

Then, we move on to the Michigan State prospects, including Cassius Winston, Aaron Henry, and Xavier Tillman. 

Then, in this order, we jumped around to other teams and players: Landers Nolley, Obi Toppin, The Kansas guys, UCLA. 

Finally, we close on the Duke Loss to Stephen F. Austin, and why we're seeing so many high-end upsets this season. Then, we break down Duke's prospects and how they've looked.  

Nov 22, 2019

In this episode, Ricky O'Donnell from SB Nation joins for our yearly "Bulls in Crisis" podcast. In this edition, we discuss Jim Boylen being a disaster, the players struggling, management, and more. 

Nov 20, 2019

In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach joins me to talk about the NBA ratings stuff. Does it matter that the NBA ratings are down? Should the alarm bells be going for the league? Is this an actual issue of viewership? Or is it a monetization problem where the NBA needs to figure out how to sell advertising in regard to internet viewers? Is it a surprise? What matters here? 

We chatted about movies, too. What are the best movies I've seen this year? What did Dieter think of The Irishman? 

Nov 15, 2019

In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I break down NBA Draft prospects. Particularly, we start with James Wiseman, move onto the rest of Memphis-Oregon. 

Then, we have our typical "LaMelo Ball's Australian Journey" segment. 

Then, we move to Stock Up/Stock Down, where we break down

Isaac Okoro, Devin Vassell, Paul Reed, Isaiah Stewart, Jaden McDaniels, Kentucky, Onyeka Okongwu, Zeke Nnaji, Wendell Moore

Nov 14, 2019

In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I break down the starts for seven teams across the NBA and decide whether or not these starts or real or if they're fool's gold in one way or another. 

The New York Knicks, the Phoenix Suns, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics, and the Philadelphia 76ers. 

This episode is brought to you by Manscaped. 

Nov 5, 2019

Cole joins the pod, and we break down the bigs and forwards in this draft class for like 90 minutes. It's a lot. James Wiseman, Isaiah Stewart, Jaden McDaniels, Precious Achiuwa, Matthew Hurt, Patrick Williams, and many, many, many more. 

Oct 30, 2019

In this episode, I'm joined by the Three Man Weave guys (Jim, Matt, and Ky) to preview college basketball. We use and explain Season Long Pool to discuss and jump into each conference and team. We go through the Big Ten, ACC, Big East, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC. Plus, we chat about the other leagues and some of our most interesting teams to watch. 

Oct 25, 2019

In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I run through a lot of different topics! 

-Ayton suspended and Bagley hurt
-Early season thoughts on: Karl-Anthony Towns, Cleveland and the grand point guard experiment, Markelle Fultz, the Miami Heat are crazy athletic, Ja Morant, Luka Doncic, and Trae Young.

Then, we did our typical Melo Ball segment. Finally, we jumped into Rookie Extensions. Pascal Siakam max with All-NBA. Jaylen Brown 4/103 with incentives. Buddy Hield: 4/86 4/94 achievable, 4/106 higher end. Domantas Sabonis 4/77. Cedi Osman 4/31 with last year non guarantee. Dejounte Murray 4/64. Taurean Prince: 2/29

Oct 22, 2019

Back again for what I think is the third straight year, Dieter Kurtenbach joins to give bold predictions on the NBA season. We run through the best fiery takes on the 76ers, the Lakers, the Heat, the Kings, the Warriors, the Pacers, the Rockets, and Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

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. 

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