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NBA, NBA Draft and College Basketball Expert Sam Vecenie talks all levels of hoops.

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    2022 NBA Draft Lottery: Orlando wins! OKC 2nd, Houston 3rd, SAC 4th; Post-Lottery Mock Draft with Matt Pennie!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 83:16

    Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to break down the 2022 NBA Draft, now that we finally have a set order and we're ready to go when the event goes down one month from now. The top-four picks will be held by Orlando, Oklahoma City, Houston and Sacramento. What else is there to know? Matt and Sam break it down with a mock draft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Game 7 Blowouts: Celtics over Bucks; An Autopsy of the Unexplainable Suns Disaster vs. the Mavericks

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 78:59

    In this episode of the podcast, Sam is joined by two guests. First, Kane Pitman joins the show to break down the Celtics win over the Bucks. One of the best first round series in a while, the Celtics blew out Milwaukee from the 3-point line. What happened? Then, we do a mini preview of the Heat-Celtics series. Then, Kellan Olson is here, and we dive into a completely baffling Suns blow out loss to the Mavericks, where they looked entirely overmatched from the first moment onward. Is it even explainable what happened here to the NBA's most consistent team? How does Dallas match up with Golden State? And most importantly now for Phoenix, where do the Suns even go from here following that game? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Future of Sports Pt. 2

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 19:11

    In episode two of the Future of Sports series, The Athletic's Mike Smeltz looks at how the team experience may change in the future: increased use of technology in gameplay, robotic umpires and the unique initiatives of a startup sports league. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Future of Sports Pt. 1

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2022 22:28

    In episode one of the Future of Sports series, The Athletic's Mike Smeltz looks at how the fan experience may change: how going to games, watching games at home and how memorabilia is shifting from physical to digital. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    2022 NBA Draft Combine List; How is Giannis Officiated? Is there a Jaden Ivey case at No. 1?

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 75:28

    Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to break down the 2022 NBA Draft Combine Invite list, with Sam going on a rant explaining why the selection process for the combine is flawed and needs to change. But first, we start on Giannis Antetokounmpo, why he's the best player in the league, and why Boston fan Matt is frustrated with how he gets officiated. Then we move to an MVP discussion, and whether or not the playoffs and how the bigs in the MVP race have played changes the discussion as it refers to the 2022 NBA Draft. Finally, we close with a mailbag! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Jokic Wins MVP; 76ers-Heat, Mavs-Suns, Warriors-Grizzlies, Celtics-Bucks; Jaden Ivey

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2022 78:00

    In this episode, James Edwards from The Athletic joins the show and we chat about the NBA, MVP, and the playoffs. We start with 10 minutes on MVP, which NIkola Jokic reportedly has won. James had a vote, and explained why he voted for Jokic. I explain why the whole conversation this year just bummed me out. Then, we dive into all of the playoff series. We start with 76ers-Heat, then we move to Mavs-Suns, then to Warriors-Grizzlies, then some quick thoughts on Bucks-Celtics (because they play as this podcast is getting released). Finally, I talk to James about Jaden Ivey, and why I love a potential fit with the Pistons and Jaden Ivey if he ends up there on draft night while James has been a bit more skeptical. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    WTF Dillon Brooks Foul; Celtics Equal Series; 2022 NBA Draft Leonard Miller Breakdown; Mailbag!

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 84:23

    Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to break down how Bigfoot stole his AirPods at LegoLand, then we discuss the Celtics-Bucks series, Dillon Brooks' WTF foul on Gary Payton II; A deep dive into Leonard Miller from a scouting perspective in the 2022 NBA Draft; then, we do mailbag questions! A packed, fun show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    2022 NBA Mock Draft! Post Early Entry Deadline Edition!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2022 102:52

    In this episode, Matt Pennie and Sam Vecenie dive deep into the 2022 NBA Draft with a Mock Draft! See where Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero, Jaden Ivey, Jabari Smith, Shaedon Sharpe, and 25 other players end up! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Celtics sweep Nets! Raptors-76ers Deep Dive; Luka vs. Utah; The Pelicans are good! with Cole Huff

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 78:22

    In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Cole Huff to chat about the NBA playoffs. We start with a deep dive into the Brooklyn Nets and their sweep at the hands of the Boston Celtics. Then, we dive into why the Celtics should be considered the favorite right now in the Eastern Conference.  Then, we move to the Raptors-76ers series, and we do a deep dive on that series explaining why the Raptors are in a good position here moving forward despite going down 3-0 and bringing it back to 3-2 with the Sixers set to travel back to Toronto. Then, we move to Utah, where the Jazz are a mess because of their perimeter defense and look unlikely to mount much of a game against Dallas in Game Six based off of what we've seen so far.  Finally we finish on the Pelicans-Suns series. The Pelicans are good! We break down why that is, and why the team is poised to give Phoenix all it can in the next few games with that series at 2-2. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Celtics are Good at Drafting; Jay Wright Retires; Shaedon Sharpe enters 2022 NBA Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2022 86:39

    In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Matt Pennie and they dive deep into a number of things. First, they talk about the Boston Celtics-Brooklyn Nets series, some of the factors that have led to Boston taking a 2-0 lead in the series, and then focus specifically on how Boston's success drafting this team has made them the most positive draft story of the 2022 season. The narrative that Danny Ainge couldn't draft should be dead. Then, they move into talking about Jay Wright, a coach with an incredible career whose retirement has brought out so many of the terrible takes that Twitter can bring. Why Jay Wright's retirement doesn't mean that college basketball is dying, and why the transfer portal and NIL rights are GOOD for college basketball. Then, they chat about Shaedon Sharpe, and his NBA Draft situation after he announced that he is declaring for the draft and after media reports announced that he will be in the draft for good. We dive deep into his game, the situation surrounding him, and plenty more. Finally, mailbag! We answer your questions on scouting defense, on if there is another Herb Jones in this class, some of the potential early rotation players who will be drafted later in this class. And plenty, plenty more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Part 2 NBA Playoffs Deep Dive: Anthony Edwards Leap; Memphis-Minnesota? Raps-Sixers; Bud and the Bucks; CP3 God Mode

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2022 46:18

    The second part of a two-part episode breaking down the NBA playoffs Game 1 action. We chat a lot about Anthony Edwards and the Timberwolves, the Nuggets' lineup struggles against the Warriors, the Grizzlies-Timberwolves super fun series, the Mike Budenholzer experience, and Chris Paul going absolute god mode in Game 1 versus the Pelicans Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    PLAYOFF DEEP DIVE PART 1: Anatomy of a Classic -- Celtics defeat Kyrie Irving and the Nets on a Jayson Tatum Buzzer Beater

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 53:19

    In the first part of a two-part Game Theory episode, Sam is joined by Jared Weiss to dive deep into an instant classic: the Celtics beat the Nets on a killer late layup by Jayson Tatum. They outlasted an unbelievable Kyrie Irving performance that included 39 points, six assists, five rebounds, at least four middle fingers to the crowd, and one expletive-filled interaction with a fan.  What do we make of this series moving forward? How does Brooklyn respond? Can Boston keep taking advantage of these mismatches they're getting? Should the Nets try to get Ben Simmons back as early as possible? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The NBA All-Defense Draft; Play-in Thoughts, and Rookie of the Year Picks with Dave DuFour

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 57:10

    Dave DuFour joins the show, and we run through a quick preview of the play-in games: Cleveland-Brooklyn, Minnesota-Clippers, Hawks-Hornets, Spurs-Pelicans. However, the meat of the show is a deep dive into All-Defense teams. We do that in the most fun way possible: we try to competitively draft All-Defense teams. We try to pick the best All-Defense team possible, and will send it to the listeners: who drafted the best All-Defense team, Dave or Sam? Then, we jump into some stray rookie thoughts, including Rookie of the Year and an explanation as to my pick in the Scottie Barnes versus Evan Mobley conundrum (as well as where Cade Cunningham fits into the mix). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Final Four Deep Dive! New Orleans! Duke-UNC! Coach K's last game! Kansas wins! Draft Declarations!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 81:21

    Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to discuss the Final Four in New Orleans! We got to hang out! Sam is stuck in the health and safety protocols with a COVID diagnosis in Portland! But more than that, we also got to see a number of awesome games and prospects, including the best matchup I've ever seen in person, the Duke-UNC game that doubled as Coach K's last game. On top of that, Kansas-Villanova played a fun game, then Kansas went on to beat North Carolina to win the national title! All of the prospects including Paolo Banchero, AJ Griffin, Wendell Moore, Mark Williams, Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun, Caleb Love, Armando Bacot and more. Then, we chat about some prospects who recently declared for the 2022 NBA Draft, including Ryan Rollins and others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Final Four Deep Dive! New Orleans! Duke-UNC! Coach K's last game! Kansas wins! Draft Declarations!

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2022 84:49

    Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to discuss the Final Four in New Orleans! We got to hang out! Sam is stuck in the health and safety protocols with a COVID diagnosis! But more than that, we also got to see a number of awesome games and prospects, including the best matchup I've ever seen in person, the Duke-UNC game that doubled as Coach K's last game. On top of that, Kansas-Villanova played a fun game, then Kansas went on to beat North Carolina to win the national title! All of the prospects including Paolo Banchero, AJ Griffin, Wendell Moore, Mark Williams, Ochai Agbaji, Christian Braun, Caleb Love, Armando Bacot and more. Then, we chat about some prospects who recently declared for the 2022 NBA Draft, including Ryan Rollins and others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    THE DEFINITIVE 2021-22 NBA MVP BREAKDOWN WITH MATT MOORE

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2022 84:50

    In this episode, Sam chats with Matt Moore from The Action Network to dive deep into everything NBA MVP as we get into the final week of the season. Is this truly a three-man race between Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid? Could anyone like Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker, Kevin Durant, Luka Doncic, or others crash the party? We do a dive on ALL of the candidates, including deep dives on Giannis, Jokic and Embiid. We discuss the candidates in comparison to one another without getting particularly negative on anyone, and we come up with a ballot for each of us. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Final Four is set! Dives into Duke, Kansas, UNC and Villanova's prospects! Chet takes! Jaden Ivey! Elite 8!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 80:38

    In this episode, Matt Pennie joins the show to break down all of the action we saw this weekend during the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8. Particularly, we focus on the teams who progressed to the Final Four. We talk for 25 minutes about Duke, its prospects, and Coach K. Is Mark Williams a lottery guy? Who is Duke's second-best prospect?  Then we move forward into Kansas, Villanova and North Carolina, and dive deep into some of the players who have had some success over the course of the tournament. We then move toward the Sweet 16 action we saw, including some stuff on Jaden Ivey, Chet Holmgren, Jaylin Williams, and plenty more. Then my internet goes out and we end the podcast early! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    NCAA Tournament First Weekend Recap! St Peter's! Chet + Gonzaga! Jabari out! Deep Dive + Lookahead!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2022 101:26

    Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to dive DEEP into the first and second rounds of the 2022 NCAA Tournament! We jump in about St. Peter's and how they've found success under Shaheen Holloway, then dive into some draft prospects. Who succeeded and failed in their auditions for NBA teams? Who was the player that helped themselves most? We talk Chet Holmgren and his game against Memphis, Jabari Smith against Miami, Paolo Banchero, Jaden Ivey, Johnny Davis, Benn Mathurin and Arizona, Tennessee and Michigan, Malaki Branham and plenty more. Then, we look forward to the weekend, and what games we're most excited to see this weekend. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The NBA MVP Race is Better Than Ever, and this the BEST season for NBA Stars Playing At a High Level

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 58:08

    This is one of the best NBA seasons ever, and it's because the star power across the league is playing at the highest level imaginable. The league has never been deeper with stars than it is right now. For 20 minutes, Danny Leroux joins the show and we talk about all of the utterly elite performances we're seeing on a nightly basis from Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Giannis, Jayson Tatum, Devin Booker, Steph prior to his injury, LeBron, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luka, Trae Young, Darius Garland, Ja Morant and all of the other amazing players who have continued to step up league wide.  Then, we talk about the MVP race between Jokic, Embiid and Giannis, and finished with some talk about the weird Defensive Player of the Year race, which is littered with injuries from the best candidates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    NCAA TOURNAMENT SELECTION SHOW SPECIAL: VECENIE AND PENNIE BREAK DOWN ALL THE REGIONS AND GAMES

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 101:20

    Sam Vecenie and Matt Pennie are here to break down all of the NCAA Tournament Bracket reveal. We run through region by region, breaking down all of the matchups, the NBA prospects, the big picture takeaways, and more from an eventful Sunday in sports. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    2022 NBA Draft: Who has the most to gain and lose in March Madness? And annoying Chet Holmgren takes

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 82:09

    In this episode, Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie and they talk about eight players who have the most to gain or lose as March Madness gets going. The first of those names is Chet Holmgren, and they start with 20 minutes on the conversation surrounding Chet, including why he's such a monster and why the conversation needs to shift from what he doesn't have to how complete his game is. (0:00-20:00) Then, they chat about Ochai Agbaji, Jaden Ivey, AJ Griffin, TyTy Washington, Tari Eason, Dalen Terry, Alondes Williams and Jake LaRavia. (20:00-42:00 Then, they talk NBA Draft Prospects of the Week: Ryan Rollins at Toledo and Matthew Murrell at Ole Miss. (42:00-50:00). Then, they answer mailbag questions (50:00-1:00:00). Finally they close with 15 minutes on The Batman, a fantastic new entry into the series of Batman films from Matt Reeves (1:00:00-end). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    2022 NBA Draft: A Pre-March Madness Mailbag from Pennie and Vecenie, answering YOUR DRAFT QUESTIONS

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 5, 2022 97:02

    In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Matt Pennie to answer questions regarding the 2022 NBA Draft as we head into March Madness. We start by addressing the MANY rumors that he is a candidate to take over as head coach at his alma mater, UMass. Then we actually dive into draft questions. We address weaknesses that the top pick candidates have in 2022, the best teams to watch in the NCAA Tournament for NBA fans, the players most likely to spike up the board come March Madness. In all, I think we answered over 30 questions in 90 minutes, so we covered a lot of ground! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    How to be a fan of a rebuilding NBA team, and how to keep those fans engaged with Andrew Schlecht

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 76:00

    Andrew Schlecht joins the podcast, and we discuss a fun topic today: how do NBA teams keep fans engaged when the team is tanking? On top of that, how do you be a fan of a rebuilding team? The Oklahoma City Thunder have done a great job of both this season, featuring in the top half of all NBA teams in local TV ratings while also putting a fun, exciting product on the floor while losing, so Schlecht joins the show to break down what they've done right. On top of it, we then create a to-do list for all teams and fans for how to create an exciting tanking situation that keeps everyone enthusiastic about the product. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    POST ALL-STAR BOLD PREDICTIONS IN THE WEST: Zion! Jazz in the Playoffs?; Lakers still have a shot? with Tony Jones

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2022 88:18

    Tony Jones joins the show with Sam Vecenie to give some fun bold predictions for the rest of the 2022 NBA season in the Western Conference! This is the second part of a two-part episode. The Eastern Conference with Dave DuFour came earlier in the week. In this episode, Sam and Dave bounce back hot takes about the way the rest of the Western Conference season will go. Will the Pelicans get Zion Williamson answers? Can the Lakers do anything to end the season? Will Mikal Bridges win Defensive Player of the Year? Will the Jazz have playoff success? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    2022 NBA Mock Draft, V. 2.0: Game Theory Podcast Deep Dive with Matt Pennie! 30 picks!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 133:33

    Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie in this episode to mock the 2022 NBA Draft by doing a mock draft. At first, we dive deep on the depth of the 2022 draft, breaking down the class as a whole. Then, we make 30 picks. All of the first round. It's fun! See where Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith, Jaden Ivey, and plenty more end up! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    POST ALL-STAR BOLD PREDICTIONS IN THE EAST; Giannis for MVP? Chicago out early? Celtics playoff run? DeMar for HOF?!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2022 76:33

    Dave DuFour joins the show with Sam Vecenie to give some fun bold predictions for the rest of the 2022 NBA season in the Eastern Conference! This is the first part of a two-part episode, with the second part coming on Wednesday on the Western Conference.  In this episode, Sam and Dave bounce back hot takes about the way the rest of the Eastern Conference season will go. Giannis for MVP? Chicago out in the playoffs early? DeMar DeRozan makes the Hall of Fame on the back of this season? The Cavaliers fall to the play-in tournament? Or the Cavaliers rise to the No. 1 seed? Boston makes a run and wins two playoff series? All those takes and more, including a random aside on Nikola Jokic and his elite play so far. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    2022 NBA Draft Post Super Bowl Re-Set: 21 Questions on where the 2022 Draft Stands, AKA A Tanking Team's Guide to the Draft

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 102:37

    In this episode, Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to break down the 2022 NBA Draft by answering 21 Questions to re-set the process as we get beyond the Super Bowl and basketball starts to take center stage in the consciousness. 1. What is your overall thought on the 2022 NBA Draft as we get past the Super Bowl and into the part of the year where everything starts to focus on basketball? 2. Who are the contenders for the No. 1 overall pick? 3. Chet Holmgren is dominating. Do we chalk this up to playing in the WCC or genuine improvement throughout the year? 4. Paolo Banchero has slowed down just a bit from his early dominance, averaging 14.9 points on 14.9 shots per game over his last seven. Is he still a candidate? 5. What makes Jabari Smith such an elite prospect? 6. Whether or not you agree, scouts generally have Jaden Ivey as the clear top guard prospect. Do you think Purdue's scheme holds him back in terms of production and efficiency, or do you think believe that he's just a bit limited skill wise? 7. Who has been the clear breakout prospect of the 2022 NBA Draft cycle? 8. Shaedon Sharpe is the 2022 NBA Draft cycle wild card. Where would he be ranked if he enters this process? 9. The G League Ignite has a group of players this year that could end up being draft picks. Who is the best of that group, and is this a particularly interesting crop of players? 10. Can we expect much from the international class this year? 11. Overtime Elite: How is the first year going, and are there interesting prospects there? 12. How deep do we believe the 2022 NBA Draft is? 13. In that vein, it seems like there is a bizarre mix this year of players who are upperclassmen and more ready to play but with lower upsides, and freshmen who are high-upside but total wild cards. What do scouts do with this? 14. What do players do with this? Should these players who aren't actually ready for the NBA try to learn on the job as pros? What kind of risk factor do they have? 15. Who do you see as being the player that is being undervalued right now? Is there a potential lottery guy hiding in plain sight? 16. For a non-college basketball fan, which teams could they tune into in order to learn the most about this class? Are there teams that play enough of an interesting schedule, or have enough interesting prospects to make such a viewing experience worthwhile? 17. Heading into the NCAA Tournament and conference touranmetns, what players do you think can really emerge, given there is SO MUCH opportunity for such emergences? 18. Mailbag question 19. Mailbag question 20. Mailbag question 21. Have you watched any movies/TV shows this week? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    SUPERSIZED NBA TRADE DEADLINE SHOW! Harden-Simmons Happens! Porzingis to WAS! White to BOS! All the deals!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2022 120:26

    Sam Vecenie is joined by a pair of awesome guests to break down one of the most action-packed NBA Trade Deadlines in recent memory. First, Michael Levin of The Rights to Ricky Sanchez and TV writer fame joins to break down the Ben Simmons-James Harden deal, the biggest midseason trade that has happened in the NBA in a long time.  Then, Mo Dakhil joins to break down the rest of the NBA Trade Deadline. We chat Simmons-Harden for a bit at the top, then move to the Kristaps Porzingis move, the Derrick White trade to Boston, the four-teamer involving Donte Divincenzo and Marvin Bagley, the Thad Young-Goran Dragic deal and everything else that occurred -- or in the Lakers case, did not occur -- on a wild deadline day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Haliburton-Sabonis trade; McCollum deal; LeVert deal; CHET HOLMGREN BREAKOUT; NBA Draft Centers, and POTWs

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 103:18

    In this episode, Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to dive deep into the trades that have occurred in the NBA thus far at the deadline. They start with the Tyrese Haliburton for Domantas Sabonis deal. They talk a lot about the Kings, and what exactly their plan is here. Then they move to the McCollum deal, one that seems almost impossible to evaluate without knowing the context of where Zion Williamson is in his recovery. Finally, they talk Levert, and he figures to help Cleveland. Then they move to Chet Holmgren, and discuss how the Gonzaga center has upended the Race for No. 1 in our weekly segment. They get into the center crop of Walker Kessler, Mark Williams and Christian Koloko next, wondering if the two of us are collectively underrating that trio given their relatively high floors. Finally, they move to Prospects of the Week, and some final Oscars nominations talk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    James Harden/Ben Simmons deal still have a shot? Powell/Covington for Bledsoe/Winslow/Johnson deal analysis; Wizards and Lakers are a mess

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2022 76:40

    Sam Vecenie is joined by The Athletic contributor and pro basketball player Cole Huff to run through some things within the NBA. They start on the Norman Powell/Robert Covington/Keon Johnson deal briefly, then they move to the Wizards being kind of a mess. Should Bradley Beal ask out? What should the team do at the deadline? They then chat about 76ers and the Nets potentially talking again about a Ben Simmons-James Harden swap, they give a fake trade that might make some sense, then discuss whether or not such a trade makes sense. How would Simmons and Harden fit in their respective situations? Then they chat about the Lakers, and they finish on some of their favorite players to watch right now league-wide -- including a discussion on guards Darius Garland and Jalen Brunson. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    NBA Draft Episode! Best Guard in the 2022 class, Ivey or Davis? Race for No. 1; Rising Freshmen; Mailbag and Prospects of the Week

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 114:59

    In this episode, Matt Pennie is here and Sam is sick with vaccine side effects! They trudge through anyway, diving deep on a few topics. First, they break down the race to be the first guard selected in the 2022 NBA Draft. Is it Wisconsin's Johnny Davis, or Purdue's Jaden Ivey? Then, we move to the race to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. We recap Jabari Smith, Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren's weeks, or look forward to what they have coming up. We move on to a group of freshmen that have stood out in recent weeks, including Peyton Watson, Max Christie, Jeremy Sochan, AJ Griffin and Josh Minott.  Finally, we close on mailbag questions, which were awesome this week. And on our Game Theory Prospects of the Week, Justin Lewis from Marquette and DaRon Holmes from Dayton. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    NBA All-Star Starters Named! NBA All-Star Reserves Picks! Kings Out on Simmons? With James Edwards

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2022 76:58

    James Edwards from The Athletic joins the show! We break down a few items from the NBA Trade Deadline market, including the Kings apparently being out on Ben Simmons and the Pacers setting a hilarious Caris LeVert price tag, per reports.  Then, we chat about the All-Star teams. We break down the All-Star starters that were named in the East and West last night, including the Andrew Wiggins inclusion. Then, we make our picks for All-Star reserves, including what is an absolute bloodbath in the East and a pretty straight forward choice in the West. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Ben Simmons/James Harden Idea? Chris Mack Out at Louisville; NBA Draft News/Notes on Shaedon Sharpe, Auburn, OTE, G League Ignite

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 124:41

    In this episode, Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie to run through a million things. First, we start with the Ben Simmons/James Harden rumors that have percolated in the last 24 hours. Then, we move to the Shaedon Sharpe report, and what makes him such an interesting prospect for the 2022 NBA Draft if he is eligible and decides to go down that route.  Then we talk #PennieFieldTrip, where this weekend Pennie went to Auburn-Kentucky, a G League Ignite game, and an OTE game. We break down Walker Kessler, Jabari Smith, the Auburn crowd, Jaden Hardy, Dyson Daniels, MarJon Beauchamp, Michael Foster, the OTE experience, Jean Montero, Dom Barlow and more.  We close with mailbag questions and our two Game Theory Prospects of the week, Isiaih Mosley from Missouri State and Colby Jones from Xavier. Then we talk "Random Movies Sam sees on TV while searching for Australian Sports." We close on Yellowjackets for a 10-minute, spoiler-ridden conversation that goes from 1:35:00 to 1:48:00. Then a late breaking addition to the pod comes at the end, when they talk Chris Mack and Louisville consciously uncoupling, per a report from The Athletic's Seth Davis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    NBA Trade Deadline: 11 players who will shape deadline, w/ Ben Simmons, Grant, Gordon, THT, Turner

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2022 81:27

    The Athletic's Jared Weiss joins Sam Vecenie to talk about the NBA Trade Deadline, giving a deep dive on where the market stands by talking about the teams and players that will shape this season's event. We dive deep into the following players: Ben Simmons, Myles Turner, Caris LeVert, Jerami Grant, Eric Gordon , Marcus Smart, Talen Horton Tucker, Buddy Hield, Robert Covington, Joe Ingles, and Kenrich Williams as a stand-in for all of the guys under the radar who could help teams. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    College Basketball Draft: Making teams out of the best players in CBB to win a game tomorrow; Mailbag, Prospects

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 81:34

    In this episode, Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie where they draft college hoops. Particularly, if you had to win a game tomorrow, who would you pick in college hoops? We dive deep, and select eight players each that we would use to fill out a lineup and bench. Team Pennie vs. Team Vecenie: Who You Got? Also, we do a mailbag section with questions on Christian Braun, most shocking NBA Draft picks we can remember, the player ranked in the 20s most likely to become a lottery pick, and the worst movie we've seen. Also, Game Theory Prospects of the Week: Mark Williams from Duke, and Iverson Molinar from Mississippi State. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    2022 NBA Draft Mock Draft, 2.0: Sam Vecenie and Matt Pennie Deep Dive on the Top-30 Prospects in the Class

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 130:43

    It's that time of the month! It's Mock Draft SZN. In this episode, Matt Pennie and Sam Vecenie trade off picks, deep diving into the 2022 NBA Draft. We deep dive into players like Jabari Smith, Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, Jaden Ivey, Johnny Davis, Keegan Murray, TyTy Washington, Blake Wesley, Ochai Agbaji, Dyson Daniels, Jaden Hardy, and plenty others as we run through 30 picks over two hours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    MIDSEASON NBA AWARDS: Game Theory Podcast hands out MVP, DPOY, COY, All-NBA, others with Fred Katz

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 92:17

    Fred Katz joins Sam Vecenie to hand out some Game Theory midseason NBA hardware! Fred joins and we run give out our ballots for MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved, and Sixth Man of the Year, while also doing All-NBA and All-Defense at the end. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    2019 NBA Draft Re-Draft! Former Bucks exec Seth Partnow joins to break down how the 2019 draft SHOULd have gone down

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 72:23

    Seth Partnow joins Sam Vecenie to re-draft the 2019 NBA Draft! Should Ja Morant have gone No. 1 overall, or Zion Williamson? Is Darius Garland a future all-star? Tyler Herro or Jordan Poole? R.J. Barrett or De'Andre Hunter? How has this draft gone so poorly in terms of providing value thus far? What happened? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    NBA Rookies; Evan Mobley! Scottie Barnes! Franz! Cade! Plus, Mailbag and Prospects of the Week! with Matt Pennie

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 109:05

    Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie on the show this week to break down the NBA's rookie class at the midway point of the 2021-22 NBA season. They start with asking the simple question: who has been the best rookie in the 2021-22 NBA rookie class? They talk Evan Mobley, Scottie Barnes, Jalen Green, Jalen Suggs, Cade Cunningham, Franz Wagner, Josh Giddey and plenty more. Then, they answer mailbag questions, including ones on Keegan Murray and EJ Liddell, Johnny Davis and the best prospect games we've seen this year, and freshmen who are having a tough season. Finally, they recognize prospects of the week, Dereon Seabron and Kellan Grady. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Celtics are a mess; Who is the best wing in the 2022 NBA Draft?; Prospects of the Week; Mailbag with Matt Pennie

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 110:20

    In this episode, Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie after a stint in the health and safety protocols. First, they spend 20 minutes chatting about the Boston Celtics. Why are they a mess? What can they do to fix it? How should they go about building this roster long-term? Then, they move to 2022 NBA Draft Wings. First, they break down who they believe to be the top wing in the 2022 NBA Draft, a conversation about Arizona's Benn Mathurin and Baylor's Kendall Brown. Next, they break down a bunch of other wings, including Johnny Davis, AJ Griffin, Ochai Agbaji, MarJon Beauchamp, Trevor Keels, Blake Wesley, Bryce McGowens and Max Christie, Peyton Watson, Caleb Houstan, Harrison Ingram, and more. They close with the Game Theory Prospects of the Week, Aminu Mohammed and Tari Eason; And finally, with draft mailbag questions, including stuff on the Cleveland Cavaliers vs the Memphis Grizzlies; Jonathan Kuminga; and Analytics in Draft Analysis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    A Christmas Mailbag! How does the top-four in 2022 compare to 2021's top-four? Johnny Davis! Jalen Duren! All that and more!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 52:07

    With Matt Pennie out due to family obligations for the holidays, Sam Vecenie is here for a solo mailbag episode to answer some of your questions about the 2022 NBA Draft. The listeners asked great questions, including:  -How does the top-four in the 2022 NBA Draft compare to 2021's top-four?  -How does Jalen Duren compare to other lottery big guys? -How good is Johnny Davis and where is he ranked? -Who is the best guard defender in the class?  -What to do with the Detroit Pistons? And many more! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    FUN Cavs and Grizzlies! Ben Simmons Fake Trades; NBA Draft with Kyle Mann of The Ringer!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 89:19

    Kyle Mann from The Ringer joins Sam Vecenie to chat about the NBA. We start by talking about the craziest fanbases and explain why we think fans have such an attachment to the subject that Kyle and I hold near and dear to our heart: young players. Then, I pitch him my two favorite Ben Simmons trade ideas. Then we actually get to the point of what we wanted to talk about after 25 minutes. We chat about NBA teams that have given us joy this season. Particularly, we end up spending a lot of time talking about the Cavaliers, who have been incredible, and the Grizzlies, who are so fun even without Ja Morant. Then we close with a little bit of NBA Draft talk, including some thoughts on Kyle's beloved Kentucky Wildcats and TyTy Washington, as well as some stuff on the first overall pick race. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    2022 NBA Draft: Where have all the lead guards gone? With Matt Pennie; Also, Draft Mailbag and Prospects of the Week!

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2021 96:02

    Matt Pennie and Sam Vecenie's weekly draft episode, where this week they explore the simple question: Where have all the lead guards gone in the 2022 NBA Draft? Why is this group of lead guards so bad compared to past drafts? We dive deep on Alabama's JD Davison, Tennessee's Kennedy Chandler, and Kentucky's TyTy Washington.  Then, we move to mailbag questions. How often do the two of us look at Draft Twitter? Where would Emoni Bates be taken in the 2022 NBA Draft? How would we rank the Arizona prospects: Bennedict Mathurin, Christian Koloko, Azuolas Tubelis and Dalen Terry?  Finally, we finish with our Game Theory NBA Draft Prospects of the Week. Pennie's is Terrence Shannon Jr from Texas Tech, and Sam's is Pete Nance from Northwestern. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    NBA Trade Season Preview: Ben Simmons, The Celtics, Jazz, Jerami Grant, Pacers, and more w/ Dave DuFour

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 84:32

    Dave DuFour from The Athletic is here, and we preview the NBA's impending trade period. Who could be on the move? We start with the Danny Ainge news, that he's taking over the Jazz' front office. Then, we break down the Celtics situation and explain why the Jaylen Brown trade rumors are silly; we move into Ben Simmons discussions, and Sam gives a couple of interesting potential trade constructions there; we chat Jerami Grant and the Pistons; Cam Reddish and the Hawks; some weird Pacers constructions; and way more. Also, go subscribe to the Game Theory YouTube page! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    2022 NBA Draft: The Race for the No. 1 pick (Breakdowns on Banchero, Holmgren, Smith, Ivey)

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2021 86:23

    This week's draft episode is a deep dive into the top-four prospects in the class: Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, Jabari Smith and Jaden Ivey. We also debut a new mailbag segment, and name prospects of the week. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Lakers Deep Dive on their weird start; Pacers willing to tear down roster with trades? with Jovan Buha

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 67:37

    In this episode, Jovan Buha of The Athletic joins the show. We start with 20 minutes on the Pacers, following a report that the team is finally willing to look into trading some of its core players including Domantas Sabonis and Myles Turner. We take a look at few trade constructions and situations that could make sense. Then, we move to the Lakers. What a weird Lakers season so far. Jovan and I dive deep into everything we've seen from Los Angeles thus far, including the Russell Westbrook fit, the lack of continuity lineup wise due to absences, the defensive issues on the perimeter, and the question of Frank Vogel as coach. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Trail Blazers are a mess, just like the West; Western Conference Buy/Sell/Hold with Danny Leroux

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 72:32

    In this episode, Danny Leroux and I dive deep into the Portland Trail Blazers, discussing what in the world that organization is doing following what has undeniably been a messy start to the season. Do they try to shake things up with some moves, or do they stick with the status quo given that the Western Conference is a mess and Damian Lillard hasn't even gotten going yet? Then, Danny and I chat about the rest of the Western Conference, with special focus on the middle teams. We play a little game of Buy/Sell/Hold teams in the West, including the Lakers, Nuggets, Timberwolves, Mavericks, Clippers, Grizzlies, Spurs, and Trail Blazers Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Michael Porter Jr. Surgery; Warriors and Suns are DOMINANT; I love the Timberwolves w/ Anthony Slater

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2021 78:24

    A full episode of the Game Theory Podcast! Anthony Slater from The Athletic joins, and we break down Michael Porter Jr.'s third back surgery and how it affects the Nuggets. Brook Lopez' back surgery and how it affects the Bucks. Bam Adebayo's thumb surgery and whether or not the Heat should be worried about the play-in. Then, we get into the meat of the episode, and break down the two best teams in the NBA, the Warriors and Suns. We spend time waxing poetically about Deandre Ayton and the Suns' defense. Then, we chat about the Warriors, the impending return of Klay Thompson, the weird situation surrounding James Wiseman, and more. We also close on the Timberwolves, where I make a bold prediction regarding the team. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Is Scoot Henderson the best prospect in the world? Emoni Bates/Memphis early struggles; Gonzaga-Duke; more

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 90:01

    Matt Pennie joins Sam to run through some important questions about prospects, including the Scoot Henderson breakout; the Gonzaga-Duke game from over the long weekend; and Emoni Bates' struggles early in the season. We also run through the other G League Ignite prospects, including Jaden Hardy, Dyson Daniels, MarJon Beacuhamp, and Michael Foster. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    NBA Draft Fact or Fiction with Matt Pennie; Kendall Brown, Jaden Ivey, No. 1 overall pick contenders, and more

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2021 87:55

    Matt Pennie is here with Sam to talk a little NBA Draft. We each pose four Fact or Fiction-style questions to each other without any prep, and dive deep into the NBA Draft. Your eight statements that are decided upon in terms of fact/fiction -This is the best start to a college basketball season in the last decade -Jaden Ivey has solidified himself as a top-five pick in the 2022 NBA Draft -Kendall Brown has solidified himself as a top-8 guy in the 2022 NBA Draft -Max Christie is the first Michigan prospect taken in the 2022 NBA Draft -Tyrese Hunter is a better prospect than Kennedy Chandler -The 2022 NBA Draft Class has the worst lead guard crop since the 2015 NBA Draft -Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren are the only two players that have a real shot to go No 1 overall -Chet Holmgren is not the only 2022 first round pick on the Gonzaga Bulldogs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    21 Questions with Dave DuFour, including Steph, the Warriors, Nets, Suns, Wizards, first-time All-NBA guys, DeMar DeRozan, Tyrese Maxey and much more!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2021 84:36

    The 21 Questions Covered: Are the Golden State Warriors the NBA title favorites?  Fact or fiction? From the mid-point of last year onward, Stephen Curry has been the best player in the NBA It seems like there is a consistent outrage economy right now surrounding the Brooklyn Nets. The Brooklyn Nets are also 11-5, and currently tied for the first place in the Eastern Conference. How do we feel about the Nets right now, and do we think something is off or that they're fine? The Phoenix Suns are on a 10-game winning streak and look like a buzzsaw again because of Chris Paul. Are we ever going to see someone like Paul again? A small point who lasts into his late 30s and dominates games in this way.  How are the Washington Wizards doing this?  Which team of the following are you most panicked about? Milwaukee, Boston, Atlanta We're about one-fifth of the way through the season. Who is the team that decides at the deadline that it's time to break up some of their core and make a big trade that acts more as a "seller." Okay, the obligatory three minutes that every podcast must do on Ben Simmons. It feels like this thing goes through cycles of pressure, and that the pressure has been ratcheted down again. A deal isn't close now, but do we think Simmons finishes the season as a Sixer, and what is a potential move that actually makes sense? But speaking of Simmons, the 76ers have a burgeoning star right now in Tyrese Maxey. How has Maxey gone about making this leap into looking like the point guard of the future for the 76ers? The closest team to you for the last couple of years has been San Antonio, so you've gotten a close look at DeMar DeRozan when everyone seemed to tune the Spurs out. Do we think that like, people just weren't watching how good he was last year? Why do people seem to be surprised that he's been as great as he's been in Chicago? The hardest team for me to figure out in the NBA right now is the Dallas Mavericks. They are 9-5. Ostensibly, they're winning games. They are also below the league average in both offense and defense, have a negative point differential, and Luka Doncic hasn't quite worked his way back into the peak of his powers. Are you buying or selling the Mavericks long-term? The Clippers are 9-6 and holding steady without Kawhi. Is there a more important player to his team in the NBA right now than Paul George? Who is the most fun team in the NBA, and why is it the Memphis Grizzlies? Who is the least fun team in the NBA right now, and why is it the New Orleans Pelicans?  Every season since 1991, there have been at least two players who have never made the All-NBA team make the team for the first time. Who are your picks for those two players this year? Every year since 2006, there has been at least one new player to make the All-Defense team int he NBA. Who is your pick among players that have never made All-Defense?  The Lakers are 25th in offensive rating, and are only 8-8 despite playing the fifth-easiest schedule thus far in the league. Do we think the problems expand beyond "no LeBron James" for the Lakers, or is it just a matter of getting him back and starting to roll? The Nuggets have no Michael Porter Jr. and no Jamal Murray. They are shooting 30 percent from 3. How in the world does this team still have a winning record?  How do we think the Neil Olshey inquiry ends following the "fair and independent review" of the workplace environment that he has fostered since running the Trail Blazers? The Cavs are starting to come back down to earth with losses to Boston, Brooklyn and Golden State. Do you believe it's important for them to compete this year, or is it fine if they are still a year away given that they seem to have found the actual organizational centerpiece in Evan Mobley?  Have you accepted Pokuism, the belief that Aleksej Pokusevski is your basketball lord and savior? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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