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
In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins Sam Vecenie and chats about the Kawhi Leonard trade. Do we like the risk for the Raptors now that we're a little bit of a ways out from the decision? Do we like the Spurs still just going in and competing?
Then, they break down the prospects (23 and under and rookie scale guys) in the Atlantic Division. They are as follows:
Boston Celtics: Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Terry Rozier, Robert Williams, Semi Ojeleye, Guerschon Yabusele, Jabari Bird
Brooklyn Nets: D’Angelo Russell, Caris LeVert, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Dzanan Musa, Rodions Kurucs
New York Knicks: Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina, Mario Hezonja, Mitchell Robinson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Damyean Dotson, Allonzo Trier
Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons, Dario Saric, Markelle Fultz, Zhaire Smith, TJ McConnell, Furkan Korkmaz, Landry Shamet, Shake Milton
Toronto Raptors: OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, Delon Wright, Malachi Richardson
In this episode, Sam Vecenie embarks on a new project with Cole Zwicker, where they break down every prospect either on rookie contracts or born after 1995 on each team. Here, they start with the Central Division.
Before they do that, though, they break down the Kevin Love extension, a deal that Cole is understanding of but that Sam doesn't really like. Then, they go into prospects, and go in this order:
Chicago Bulls: Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr., Jabari Parker, Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn, Bobby Portis, Chandler Hutchison, Denzel Valentine, Antonio Blakeney, Cameron Payne
Cleveland Cavaliers: Collin Sexton, Cedi Osman, Larry Nance, Ante Zizic, Billy Preston
Detroit Pistons: Luke Kennard, Stanley Johnson, Bruce Brown, Khyri Thomas, Henry Ellenson
Indiana Pacers: Myles Turner, Domantas Sabonis, Aaron Holiday, TJ Leaf, Edmond Sumner, Alize Johnson, Ike Anigbogu
Milwaukee Bucks: Malcolm Brogdon, Thon Maker, Sterling Brown, Donte DiVincenzo, DJ Wilson
The big Summer League Breakdown podcast! Cole and I run through all of the best and worst that we saw at Summer League this year, giving in-depth breakdowns on all of the highest draft picks, the important second year players, and the third year players still stuck in Vegas.
If you're interested in a player, the odds are we likely bounced around to him at some point.
In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker about some of the bigger moves in the NBA offseason that have happened since the recent podcast.
Discussion centers around:
-Jabari Parker, Zach LaVine, and the Chicago Bulls
-Kyle Anderson signing and Garrett Temple trade for Memphis
-Remaining free agents Clint Capela, Marcus Smart, Rodney Hood, Montrezl Harrell, and David Nwaba
-Houston Rockets offseason
-Nemanja Bjelica staying overseas and Philadelphia
-Denver gets under the tax
-Brooklyn's smart maneuvering
-Tony Parker to Charlotte
In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I run through all of free agency's Day 1 transactions outside of LeBron James, chatting about Paul George, where Oklahoma City goes from here, Chris Paul and Trevor Ariza, The Denver moves, Ersan Ilyasova and Doug McDermott, why we like what Brooklyn is doing, and can't really understand Portland.
In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins the podcast to chat about -- what else? -- LeBron James' decision to go to the Lakers in free agency. What does the structure of his contract mean? Where do the Lakers go from here? How does the team go about building its roster? How do the young pieces fit? Do they make a move for Kawhi Leonard? How does this affect Julius Randle?
All that, in addition to some discussion on how this affects the Cavaliers going forward, and what road they should go down to recover.
In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Vice Sports' Michael Pina about the NBA offseason that is about to come. First, they start with Kawhi Leonard, chat about how potential trades involving him, and how he affects the rest of the process for LeBron James and maybe even Paul George. Then, they get into unrestricted free agency, chatting about some of the players they're most interested in tracking this summer. Finally, they finish on the restricted free agency class, including Marcus Smart, Julius Randle, Dante Exum, Jusuf Nurkic, and more.
In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Chris Stone and recaps the NBA Draft, breaking down everything that happened over the course of the five-hour event. Who did we think did well? Who did poorly? What prospects and picks did we like? Which ones did we think made less sense?
We basically go in chronological order, pick-wise -- occasionally breaking that to talk about trades.
In this episode, I chat with Jeff Goodman from Stadium and Chris Stone from Sporting News about the NBA Draft. First, Jeff and I chat about some of the key storylines leading into the draft, from trade discussions to the recruitment, background, and development of some of the best prospects in the draft, including Deandre Ayton, Michael Porter, Mitchell Robinson, and more.
Then, I chat with Chris Stone about the difficulty of mocking this draft just 26 hours from draft night. What do we think of all the trade talks, what do we think of the Kings, Hawks, Grizzlies, and more.
In this episode, I chat with good friend of the program Cole Zwicker where we do what will likely become yet another yearly tradition on the podcast: We go through and do a mock draft with what each of us would do. We go back and forth, with me taking the No. 1 pick and all of the resulting odd picks, and Cole taking No. 2 and the even picks. We had a lot of fun and discussed each potential pick in detail. Hope you all enjoy!
In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins Sam Vecenie to chat about the 2018 NBA Draft, but first they talk about the 2019 NBA Draft.
Charles Bassey committed to play at Western Kentucky for the 2018-19 college hoops season, so Sam and Cole break down Bassey, his game, what they've seen in the past, and how he projects as a prospect (2:00). They also chat a bit about the 2019 NBA Draft as a whole.
Then, they get into the meat of the podcast, where they break down Sam's top-eight prospects in the 2018 NBA Draft Class. In order, they chat about Miles Bridges (8:30), Trae Young (19:55), Michael Porter Jr. (37:15), Mohamed Bamba (43:45), Jaren Jackson Jr. (53:20), Marvin Bagley (1:07:40), Luka Doncic (1:29:15), Deandre Ayton (1:48:45).
In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Cole Zwicker, where they go in-depth on Sam's current NBA Draft Board.
They break down the structure and ideals behind the board, talk about the three players that were just slightly left off of the board, and then dive right into these prospects (in order):
Zhaire Smith (13:20),Troy Brown (22:50), Robert Williams (29:50), Lonnie Walker (37:45), Kevin Knox (45:50), Mikal Bridges (53:00), Wendell Carter (1:02:15), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (1:10:10), Collin Sexton (1:20:15).
In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins Sam Vecenie and chats about the Warriors' remarkable team, then what happens after the Warriors. What does the NBA look like when the Warriors' run finally ends? Are we entering an era where the league will conform back to big men based off of the talent entering the league?
Then, they chat about Bryan Colangelo's collars and the absurdity of the situation, and Deandre Ayton seeming to be the next No. 1 overall pick.
Finally, they chat about the restricted free agency market. They break down Clint Capela, Aaron Gordon, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, Marcus Smart, Dante Exum, Zach LaVine, and many more.
In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Cole Zwicker where they discuss many levels of basketball. First, they break down the Cavs-Warriors series, and discuss potential defensive adjustments for Cleveland in addition to Cleveland's rotation. Can the Cavs do anything to make a comeback?
Then, they delve into the Celtics Jaylen Brown and Mohamed Bamba rumors. Why this makes no sense for Boston, and why the Mavs should take such a deal if offered (even if the venerable Tim Cato already said they would not).
Finally, the bulk of the podcast is spent breaking down Deandre Ayton. They discuss him for an hour, going over his strengths and weaknesses, and delving deep into what makes him such a special -- if incomplete and somewhat controversial -- prospect. They discuss his production, his scoring, his jump shot, ball-handling acumen, rim protection, ability to defend the perimeter, and overall instinct level, in addition to discussing the overall upside or downside of his game. It's a legitimate discussion where we go back and forth, disagreeing on many aspects of the Arizona prospect's game.
In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins the show to chat about everything that happened in a totally bananas Game 1 in the NBA Finals. From LeBron's legendary performance, to JR's legendary gaffe, we break it down from all the angles for 45 minutes.
Then, we chat a bit about Bryan Colangelo, and how the 76ers basically have to fire him at this stage. Finally, we break down the biggest and most important decisions of the 2018 NBA Draft Deadline. Kevin Huerter, Donte DiVincenzo, Jontay Porter, Omari Spellman, and more.
In this episode, Tony Jones from the Salt Lake Tribune joins Sam Vecenie and chats about the NBA Playoffs, covering the Utah Jazz, and some NBA Draft stuff.
First, they break down what they've seen so far in the NBA, chatting before the Game 7s of the Conference Finals. Did the Conference Finals save what has been a relatively non-compelling playoffs? Is this LeBron run the best playoff run we can remember? How underappreciated is Klay Thompson all-time, and how good has Draymond been on defense in this playoff run?
Then, we chat about Tony's year covering the Jazz. What do we think happens with the Jazz this offseason, what with all of their contract situations and trade flexibility? We also talk about the first year covering Donovan Mitchell, and getting to banter back and forth with legendary shit-talker Joe Ingles everyday.
Finally, we chat about the NBA Draft, where I ask Tony a barrage of questions. Who is the best player? Who is the best big man? Is he a Michael Porter fan? Who is the best point guard in this class? Who is the most underrated player? Who is the most overrated player?
In this episode of the podcast, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker about the exceptional Game 4 Houston played against Golden State on Tuesday night. That leaves the series 2-2. We do a deep dive on how Houston weathered the storm and beat them, then chat about the Warriors and how they missed Andre Iguodala. What do we think happens going forward?
Then, a quick discussion about the Cleveland-Boston series before Game 5 tonight. Mostly, we chat about how Boston could potentially adjust on defense, then talk about the Tristan Thompson adjustment.
Finally, we do an in-depth breakdown on Michael Porter Jr. What makes him such an elite level prospect? Why, despite missing most of the year at Missouri, is he considered a potential top-five pick?
In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Cole Zwicker to break down everything that happened at the 2018 NBA Draft Combine. From the measurements to the five on five, they pick some winners and losers from the event, discuss the forthcoming decisions of guys like Josh Okogie, Tyus Battle, and Kevin Huerter, and chat about the measurements of some of the elite players in the class.
Also, does Mo Bamba have longer arms than any human alive?
In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker about the NBA Playoffs Conference Finals. First, they break down Game 1 of the Celtics-Cavaliers series, which Boston ran away with by 25 points. We go into the Xs and Os, the performances, and some of the potential adjustments for Game 2.
Then, we break down Golden State vs. Houston, a series that should be absolutely tremendous. How does each team match up with the other? Who is the key player? Who wins?
In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker about the Eastern Conference semi-finals. First, the two chat about Celtics-Sixers and break down what's happening on the floor. Why are the Sixers struggling a bit, and why being able to play defense on the perimeter and in space is possibly the biggest market inefficiency in the NBA right now. Additionally, "The TJ McConnell Game," and how that could change things going forward. Then they go into the Celtics, how incredible Al Horford has been this series, and how awesome the Jayson Tatum jump has been in the playoffs so far.
Then, they go into Raptors-Cavs. How the Cavs role players started to fill in around the LeBron James, and how the Cavs look to be back on course for the NBA Finals. Then they go into the Raptors side of things, where they break down how Dwane Casey struggled a bit to come up with adjustments, how Serge Ibaka and DeMar DeRozan really struggled, and what the future should hold for this Raptors team. Should they continue to hold the ship together and keep this core? Or should they blow things up and look to move on from this era of Raptors hoops?
In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with friend of the program Cole Zwicker, where they break down the end of the Stan Van Gundy tenure in Detroit. Does this spell the end of dual coach/GM positions? Where does he leave Detroit? How do they get out of the hole they've created?
Additionally, they chat about the Knicks hiring David Fizdale, the Suns hiring Igor Kokoskov, the Grizzlies hiring JB Bickerstaff, and the processes some other teams are undertaking to hire head coaches. Finally, they chat briefly about the NBA Draft Combine and the list that was released on Friday for the event.
This is a two part episode. First, Sam Vecenie chats with Fred Katz to break down what happened with the Oklahoma City Thunder this season. Why did they fail and end up falling in the first round of the playoffs? What happens now, what with Paul George being a free agent and Carmelo Anthony being...well, Melo.
Then, Sam chats with Cole Zwicker, where they break down what happened with Milwaukee, Indiana, and Washington. A brief moment of silence for Joe Prunty's NBA head coaching career, thoughts on who the Bucks should go after as their new coach, thoughts on how the Pacers actually have some flexibility now, and finally on how the Wizards are either going to have to make big changes, or stick with the status quo.
In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker about the second round of the NBA Playoffs, diving deep on each of the series. First, they run through a post-mortem of the Boston-Milwaukee series where Milwaukee was an abject mess in terms of lineups and Boston saw Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart really make key differences. Then they dive into the Xs and Os of Philadelphia-Boston in the second round, and start to wonder about just how Boston matches up with the Sixers.
Next, the two break down what happened in Game 7 on Saturday with the Cavaliers beating Indiana, and then move forward into chatting about Toronto-Cleveland. Can the Raptors finally beat Cleveland, and if they can't, can they ever? Why their depth of players could actually cause Cleveland some problems, too.
Then they move to the West, where each of the two Game 1s went according to plan there, with Golden State and Houston largely wrecking New Orleans and Utah, respectively. Why each of those things happen, and why neither of is particularly bullish on those series going a long way.
In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker, where they breakdown all of the remaining playoff series, in this order: Thunder-Jazz, Cavs-Pacers, Wizards-Raptors, and Bucks-Celtics.
Then, the two of them do postmortems and offseason look-aheads for the Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs, and the Miami Heat.