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Hardwood Knocks is a totally, completely, wholly lit basketball podcast in which hoops heads Andy Bailey and Dan Favale analyze the ins, outs, ups, downs and heck, even diagonals of the NBA.

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    • Oct 26, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    • 1h 11m AVG DURATION
    • 202 EPISODES

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    MAILBAG: Ben Simmons, Ja vs. Zion, The Bulls! Tyler Herro, Nuggets Title Chances

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 59:23

    MAIL TIME IS BACK! In our first mailbag of the 2021-22 NBA season, Hardwood Knocks covers the Ben Simmons saga FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE, talks about Tyler Herro's development, the Chicago Bulls' hot start, Zion Williamson and Ja Morant, mid-range jumpers and muuuuuch more! Host: @danfavale Host: @fromal09 Twitter: @HardwoodKnocks Instagram: @hardwood_knocks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    2021-22 Miami Heat Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 52:23

    Dan is joined by Allana Tachauer (@AllanaTachauer) of the Feel The Heat podcast over at 5 Reasons Sports to discuss all things Miami Heat ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. Their discussion covers Kyle Lowry's arrival and impact, the next step for Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler's jumper, Tyler Herro's development, Victor Oladipo's timeline for return and potential value, the bench rotation, lineup possibilities, the defense, the floor spacing and much more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    2021-22 Chicago Bulls Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 54:34


    Dan is joined by Jason Patt (@Bulls_Jay) from the Cash Considerations podcast for a mega-ultra-super-deep dive into the Chicago Bulls ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. Their conversation covers a reaction to the Bulls' offseason, Zach LaVine's superstardom, the fit between he, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Vucevic, Lonzo Ball's impact on offense, the importance of Alex Caruso and Patrick Williams, the defense, the backup wing and big rotations, lineup possibilities, Javonte Green's play and much more! Host: @danfavale Host: @fromal09 Follow: @HardwoodKnocks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices


    2021-22 Orlando Magic Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2021 68:33

    Dan is joined by Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) from The NBA Front Office Show and Spotrac for a deeeeeep dive into the Orlando Magic ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. Their conversation covers the Wendell Carter Jr. extension, rookie-year expectations for Jalen Suggs, trade candidates, the health of Jonathan Isaac and Markelle Fultz, the 10-man rotation, Mo Bamba, lineup possibilities, RJ Hampton's ceiling, win-total predictions and more! Host: @danfavale Host: @fromal09 Twitter: @HardwoodKnocks IG: @hardwood_knocks Follow: @The_Sports_Math Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    2021-22 Memphis Grizzlies Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 42:31


    Dan is joined by Sharon Brown (@SharonShyBrown) of the Memphis Flyer for a fantastic and in-depth discussion about the Memphis Grizzlies ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. Their conversation covers Ja Morant's development, Jaren Jackson Jr.'s future, Ziaire Williams' role as a rookie, the center rotation after trading Jonas Valanciunas for Steven Adams, Kyle Anderson's value, Desmond Bane's breakout potential, lineup possibilities and a lot more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️


    2021-22 New Orleans Pelicans Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 62:31

    Dan is joined by Shamit Dua (@FearTheBrown) from the In The N.O. podcast for an honest and thorough talk about the New Orleans Pelicans' present and future ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. They discuss New Orleans' somewhat controversial offseason, Zion Williamson's health, development and happiness, how the team will build out the rotation, Nickeil Alexander-Walker's ceiling, Trey Murphy III's fit, the defense, lineup possibilities and much more. TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    2021-22 Minnesota Timberwolves Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 64:43

    Dan is joined by Derek James (@DerekJamesNBA), one of the smartest Minnesota Timberwolves insiders/analysts/writers around, to talk about—you guessed it!—the Minnesota Timberwolves in advance of the 2021-22 NBA season. They discuss the Wolves' interest in Ben Simmons, Year 2 expectations for Anthony Edwards, Karl-Anthony Towns' place in the superstar hierarchy, D'Angelo Russell's value and role, lineup possibilities, Naz Reid, Jaden McDaniels' season, the 10-man rotation, Chris Finch's impact, Patrick Beverley and more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    2021-22 Sacramento Kings Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 58:03

    Dan is joined by Greg Wissinger (@gwiss) from The Kings Herald for a deeeeeep dive into the Sacramento Kings ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. Their conversation covers De'Aaron Fox's continued growth, Tyrese Haliburton's path to stardom, Davion Mitchell's fit, three-guard lineups, four-guard lineups, the wing rotation, Richaun Holmes, Buddy Hield, trade candidates and, yes, Ben Simmons—plus much more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    2021-22 Denver Nuggets Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 48:05

    Dan is joined by Adam Mares (@Adam_Mares) from DNVR and the Locked On Nuggets podcast for an in-depth chat about the Denver Nuggets ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. Their conversation covers Nikola Jokic's MVP defense, Jamal Murray's rehab, Michael Porter Jr.'s next step, rookie-year expectations for Bones Hyland, the importance of P.J. Dozier, the value of Aaron Gordon, the secondary frontcourt rotation, lineup possibilities, win-total predictions and so much more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    2021-22 Phoenix Suns Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 81:21


    Dan is joined by Sam Cooper (@scooperhoops) and Mike Vigil (@protectedpick) from The Timeline Podcast for a mega-ultra-super-deep dive into the Phoenix Suns ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. Their conversation spans Devin Booker's next step, the fit of JaVale McGee and Landry Shamet, Mikal Bridges' heightened offensive role, Cam Johnson's development, Deandre Ayton's future, Chris Paul, lineup possibilities, win-loss projections and muuuuuuch more. TIMESTAMPS⬇️


    2021-22 Utah Jazz Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 65:24

    Dan is joined by Tony Jones (@TjonesontheNBA) for a deeeeep dive into the Utah Jazz ahead of 2021-22 NBA season. They talk urgency within the franchise, Rudy Gobert's value, Donovan Mitchell's next step, the wing defense, the rotation, Jared Butler, regression candidates and much more! Host: @danfavale Host: @fromal09 Twitter: @HardwoodKnocks Instagram: @hardwood_knocks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    2021-22 Philadelphia 76ers Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 75:33

    Dan is joined by Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) from The NBA Podcast and Forbes to discuss all things Philadelphia 76ers ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. They tackle the Ben Simmons situation and potential trade destinations, Tyrese Maxey's development, Ben Simmons, the importance of Seth Curry and Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons, Philly's defense without Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, lineup possibilities, Ben Simmons, Andre Drummond, win-total predictions, Ben Simmons and then, um, yeah, Ben Simmons! TIMESTAMPS⬇️ 0:15 - Intro 2:35 - The Ben Simmons situation from ALL angles 27:49 - Joel Embiid's workload/Philly's play style 31:59 - Matisse Thybulle's role/The defense without Simmons 37:43 - Tyrese Maxey's development/role 39:40 - Tobias Harris' role 41:44 - Andre Drummond/Georges Niang 44:18 - Getting weird with the backup 5 rotation 45:59 - Furkan Korkmaz 47:46 - Jaden Springer 49:38 - Isaiah Joe/Paul Reed 51:40 - Seth Curry's role 55:17 - Trade candidates (non-Simmons division) 58:44 - Best crunch-time lineup 59:31 - Quirky lineups we want to see  1:01:10 - Philly's ceiling without Simmons 1:03:31 - Win-total prediction 1:06:12 - A Ben Simmons trade idea/Final thoughts Host: @danfavale Host: @fromal09 Twitter: @HardwoodKnocks Instagram: @hardwood_knocks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    2021-22 Los Angeles Lakers Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2021 67:36

    Dan is joined by Jabari Ali Davis (@JabariDavisNBA) from the Never Meet Your Heroes and The Baseline podcasts for a deeeeep dive into the Los Angeles Lakers ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. They discuss the LeBron James-Russell Westbrook fit, Anthony Davis-at-the-5, the potential for a defensive drop-off, rounding out the rest of the rotation, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, DeAndre Jordan, floor spacing, lineup possibilities and much, much, MUCH more. TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    2021-22 Brooklyn Nets Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 55:17

    Dan is joined by Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) from the New York Daily News and Uninterrupted's Certified Buckets show for a deeeeep dive into the Brooklyn Nets ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. Their discussion covers the Kyrie Irving situation, how his absence would impact the team, the workload of James Harden and Kevin Durant, the center rotation, a dearth of wings, the team's defense, the backup point guard carousel, lineup predictions and much, much, MUCH more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    2021-22 Cleveland Cavaliers Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 56:21

    Dan is joined by Justin Rowan (@Cavsanada) from The Chase Down podcast to cannonball, nosedive and belly flop into all things Cleveland Cavaliers ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. They discuss Darius Garland's next frontier, the additions Ricky Rubio and Lauri Markkanen, the frontcourt pairing of Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen, Collin Sexton's future, Isaac Okoro's development, the Kevin Love awkwardness, final roster spots, Ben Simmons and muuuuuch more! Please subscribe to Hardwood Knocks here. And if you're listening to us in Apple 's podcast player, please, please pretty please leave us a rating and write a review here. Host: @danfavale Host: @fromal09 Follow: @HardwoodKnocks Follow: @The_Sports_Math Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    2021-22 San Antonio Spurs Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 42:42

    Dan is joined by Paul Garcia (@PaulGarciaNBA) from Project Spurs to discuss all things San Antonio Spurs ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. They cover San Antonio's overall direction, Dejounte Murray's development, the playmaking rotation, Josh Primo, Keldon Johnson's potential for improvement, Lonnie Walker IV's future, Devin Vassell's role, Thaddeus Young's value, lineup possibilities, the Ben Simmons trade rumors and much more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    2021-22 Washington Wizards Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 59:15

    Dan is joined by Quinton Mayo (@RealQuintonMayo) of BetMGM, Audacy and Blue Wire Pods for a deeeeeep dive into the Washington Wizards ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. They talk Bradley Beal's future, Daniel Gafford's development, Rui Hachimura's absence from training camp and prospective role, the Russell Westbrook trade, Spencer Dinwiddie's fit, the importance of Deni Avdija, the frontcourt rotation, trade candidates and so much more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    2021-22 Portland Trail Blazers Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 75:33

    Dan is joined by Tara Bowen-Biggs (@tcbbiggs) from the We Have A Take podcast for a deeeeeep dive into the Portland Trail Blazers ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. We discuss Damian Lillard's future, CJ McCollum's value, Jusuf Nurkic's areas of improvement, Larry Nance Jr.'s fit, the development of Nassir Little and Anfernee Simons, which new additions will have the biggest impact, defensive concerns, trade candidates, potential lineups and so much more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    2021-22 Detroit Pistons Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 81:34


    Dan is joined by Lazarus Jackson (@lazchance) from SB Nation's Detroit Bad Boys and Blue Wire's Pistons vs. Everybody podcast for a wildly, and enjoyably, thorough deep dive into the Detroit Pistons in advance of the 2021-22 NBA season. They discuss Cade Cunningham, Killian Hayes, Jerami Grant, Kelly Olynyk, the secondary rotation, Saben Lee, the Sekou Doumboya trade, Detroit's overall direction, win-loss predictions, lineups and much more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️


    2021-22 LA Clippers Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 52:17


    Dan is joined by Sabreena Merchant (@sabreenajm) from SB Nation and The Step Through podcast for a mega-ultra-super deep dive into the LA Clippers ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. They talk Kawhi Leonard's future and health, Paul George's MVP viability, Eric Bledsoe's fit, the center rotation, potential lineups, Luke Kennard's role, the flier on Justise Winslow, Ivica Zubac's defense, playing small and much, much more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️


    2021-22 Toronto Raptors Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 51:13

    Dan is joined by Yasmin Duale (@carmelodrama) from the Dishes & Dimes podcast to cannonball into all things Toronto Raptors in advance of the 2021-22 NBA season. They talk Pascal Siakam's health and role, Fred VanVleet's room for improvement, OG Anunoby emerging as a star, the center rotation, Goran Dragic's fit, fringe roster spots, Malachi Flynn's development, Scottie Barnes' rookie expectations, lineups and muuuuuch more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    2021-22 Dallas Mavericks Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 53:13

    Dan is joined by Dalton Trigg (@Dalton_Trigg) of the Mavs Step Back podcast to break down all things Dallas Mavericks in advance of the 2021-22 NBA season. They discuss Luka Doncic's next step, Kristaps Porzingis' role, the frontcourt rotation, Jalen Brunson, offseason additions like Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown, Tim Hardaway Jr.'s importance, lineups to look out for, trade candidates, trade targets and more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    2021-22 Boston Celtics Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 50:00

    Dan is joined by Alex Kungu (@Kungu_NBA) from Hoops Island for a deeeeeep dive into the Boston Celtics ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. We're talking Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Dennis Schroder, Al Horford, Robert Williams III, Josh Richardson, Aaron Nesmith, Payton Pritchard, potential lineups, trade candidates and soooooo much more. Host: @danfavale Host: @fromal09 Twitter: @HardwoodKnocks Instagram: @hardwood_knocks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    2021-22 Oklahoma City Thunder Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 54:45

    Dan is joined by Olivia Panchal (@olivianba) from Daily Thunder's Crossbolts podcast to break down the long-term trajectory and current expectations for the Oklahoma City Thunder in advance of the 2021-22 NBA season. We talk Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Tre Mann, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, tanking, trade candidates and much, much more! Host: @danfavale Host: @fromal09 Twitter: @HardwoodKnocks Instagram: @hardwood_knocks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    2021-22 Milwaukee Bucks Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 68:46


    Dan is joined by Ti Windisch (@TiWindisch) from the Gyro Step Podcast to discuss the immediate and long-term outlook of the REIGNING CHAMPION Milwaukee Bucks in advance of the 2021-22 NBA season. From Giannis Antetokounmpo's next step and Mike Budenholzer's improvement, to the importance of Bobby Portis and Donte DiVincenzo, to prospective weaknesses and trade candidates, we cover it all! TIMESTAMPS⬇️


    2021-22 Charlotte Hornets Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 85:32

    Dan is joined by Konata Edwards (@NataTheScribe) from the Locked On Hornets podcast to discuss the ins, outs and diagonals of—you guessed it!—the Charlotte Hornets ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. We cover LaMelo Ball, Terry Rozier's extension and his on-court value, potential trade targets, James Bouknight's development, the center rotation, Miles Bridges' future, P.J. Washington's defense and so much friggin' more! TIMESTAMPS ⬇️

    2021-22 Indiana Pacers Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 51:56

    Dan is joined by the world-famous Caitlin Cooper (C2_Cooper) from Indy Corn Rows and FiveThirtyEight to cannonball into all things Indiana Pacers ahead of the 2021-22 NBA season. From Rick Carlisle's impact on the offense and the frontcourt rotation, to Caris LeVert and T.J. Warren, to quirky lineups and potential trade candidates, we cover everything you can imagine—and then some. TIMESTAMPS ⬇️

    2021-22 Atlanta Hawks Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 60:50

    Dan speaks with Sarah K. Spencer (@sarah_k_spence) of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about everything and anything Atlanta Hawks in advance of the 2021-22 NBA season. From Trae Young and John Collins, to De'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish, to potential trades and Jalen Johnson-at-the-5, we cover it all.  Host: @danfavale Host: @fromal09 Twitter: @HardwoodKnocks Instagram: @hardwood_knocks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    2021-22 Golden State Warriors Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 46:14

    Dan is joined by Sam Esfandiari (@samesfandiari) of the Light Years Podcast to for an in-depth chat about the Golden State Warriors heading into the 2021-22 NBA season—and beyond. They cover everything from Ben Simmons trade rumors and Stephen Curry's performance, to the availability of Klay Thompson and James Wiseman, to the frontcourt rotation, Draymond Green-at-the-5 and season predictions. TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    2021-22 Houston Rockets Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 74:21

    Dan is joined by Salman Ali (@SalmanAliNBA) from the Red Nation Hoops podcast to talk about all things Houston Rockets heading into the 2021-22 NBA season. From John Wall and Ben Simmons trades, to Christian Wood and Jalen Green, to Jae'Sean Tate and Usman Garuba, we cover it all. TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    2021-22 New York Knicks Lookahead

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 108:00

    Dan is joined by Andrew Claudio (@AndrewJClaudio_), the producer of Knicks Film School (@KnicksFilmSkool) and co-host of Final Review (@FinalReviewPod), for a long chat about movies and, of course, the 2021-22 New York Knicks. First, they discuss the premise and movies that will be covered by Final Review, a must-listen for all actual and wannabe cinephiles. Then, they dig into the immediate and long-term future of the Knicks, covering everything from Julius Randle, RJ Barrett and possible trade targets, to Kemba Walker, Immanuel Quickley, Obi Toppin and player development. Be sure to subscribe to Final Review here. Host: @danfavale Host: @fromal09 Twitter: @HardwoodKnocks Instagram: @hardwood_knocks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    2021 NBA Offseason Grades: Western Conference

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 163:12

    Dan is joined by Bleacher Report's Grant Hughes (@gt_hughes) to drop their offseason grades for every team in the Western Conference. Buckle up, because we're going off-road, through the weeds, over all sorts of other terrain, until we reach the Land of the Granular Takes and Scorching-Hot Feelz. If you haven't checked out the Eastern Conference report cards, you can do that here. TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    MAILBAG: Ben Simmons, Wild LeBron Stats, Spurs, Tatum's MVP Path, Top Remaining Free Agents

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 57:53

    Our latest batch of listener questions covers Ben Simmons' potential fit on the Cavaliers, Jayson Tatum's MVP candidacy, the Utah Jazz's center rotation, the top remaining NBA free agents, some wild LeBron James stats, top under-25 talents and muuuuuch more. TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    2021 NBA Offseason Grades: Eastern Conference

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 133:25

    Dan is joined by Bleacher Report's Grant Hughes (@gt_hughes) to drop their offseason grades for every team in the Eastern Conference. Buckle up, because we're going off-road, through the weeds, over all sorts of other terrain, until we reach the Land of the Granular Takes and Scorching-Hot Feelz. TIMESTAMPS ⬇️

    2021-22 Breakout Candidates for Every Western Conference Team

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 94:14

    Adam and Dan select one player from every Western Conference team they believe could have a breakout year in 2021-22. Be sure to check out our Eastern Conference edition of this exercise here. TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    Ben Simmons Trade Rumors, 2021-22 Breakout Candidates for Every Eastern Conference Team

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 90:41

    Adam and Dan dissect the latest Ben Simmons trade rumors AND rap about his best potential destinations. After that, they move on to their 2021-22 breakout candidate for every NBA team in the Eastern Conference.  Host: @danfavale Host: @fromal09 Twitter: @HardwoodKnocks Instagram: @hardwood_knocks Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    MAILBAG PART 2: RJ Barrett, Dubs, Rockets, Bucks, OG Anunoby, Surprises/Disappointments

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 27, 2021 46:40

    MAIL TIME. Hardwood Knocks is back with Part 2 of our mailbag with questions that cover RJ Barrett, the New York Knicks, potential surprises and disappointments for next season, the Houston Rockets, OG Anunoby, Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors and much more. If missed Part 1, check that out here.

    Dillon Brooks/Kyle Anderson Trades, Klay Thompson, Hornets, Jokic's MVP Case, T-Wolves' Ceiling

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2021 37:07

    MAIL TIME. In the first of a two-part listener-driven shindig, Hardwood Knocks comes up with the best fits and trades for Kyle Anderson and Dillon Brooks; Brandon Clarke's NBA ceiling; expectations for the Minnesota Timberwolves; potential lineups for the Charlotte Hornets; the path to Nikola Jokic winning a second NBA MVP; the Denver Nuggets' place in the Western Conference without Jamal Murray; a what-if Klay Thompson scenario; and much more! TIMESTAMPS ⬇️

    NBA Rumors and News Catch-Up: Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 20, 2021 64:44

    It's time to catch up on the latest batch of NBA rumors and news. In this episode, Dan covers the Terry Rozier extension, Marcus Smart extension, Joel Embiid extension, Ben Simmons trade rumors, the Philadelphia 76ers' future, the 2021 Christmas Day Slate, potential rookie extensions and much more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    Draft Steals, Suggs vs Barnes, Rudy Gobert, Kings Defense, Warriors, Richaun Holmes

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 72:48

    MAIL TIME. Our latest plunge for listener questions will cover studs from Summer League; our bigger non-lottery steals from the 2021 draft; Richaun Holmes; the Golden State Warriors' wing rotation; the Sacramento Kings' defense; Jalen Suggs vs. Scottie Barnes; the Denver Nuggets; the Charlotte Hornets; Russell Westbrook; and much more. TIMESTAMPS ⬇️

    NBA Agent Todd Ramasar on Josh Primo to the Spurs, Pre-Draft Process

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 44:30

    Josh Primo, the youngest player in the 2021 draft, was initially projected to go in the second round. He ended up with the San Antonio Spurs at No. 12. How did that happen? Dan spoke Todd Ramasar (@tramasar), agent to Primo and Pascal Siakam, as well as the founder and president of Life Sports Agency, about what went into Josh's rise and how impactful the pre-draft process is in general. TIMESTAMPS ⬇️

    MAILBAG: Steph vs. Trae, Raptors, Bulls, Jazz, Kangz(?), Mavs, Hornets, RJ Barrett, More

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2021 71:50

    test dive into listener questions includes a look at Stephen Curry's Year 3 in the NBA vs. Trae Young's Year 3 in the NBA; the highest usage rate of all time among LeBron James' teammates; how much the Charlotte Hornets improved; the Toronto Raptors' approach to building a team; the New Orleans Pelicans' atrocity of an offseason (so far); breakout candidates for the Orlando Magic; the developmental arc of RJ Barrett; ideal acquisitions the Dallas Mavericks could still target; and MUCH more. TIMESTAMPS ⬇️

    Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Impossible Rise of an NBA MVP

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2021 49:31

    You may have heard that The Ringer's Mirin Fader (@MirinFader) has a book coming out on August 10: Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP. Well, she joined Hardwood Knocks to talk anything and everything about the book, from the writing process during a pandemic to what she sees driving Giannis forward in the wake of the Milwaukee Bucks' NBA title. Along the way, she reveals the ultimate sports-related reading list, her thoughts on Simone Biles, and so much more that's sure to capture your attention and interest. Purchase Giannis Antetokounmpo: The Improbable Rise of an NBA MVP here. TIMESTAMPS ⬇️

    Free-Agency Winners & Losers (So Far): Lakers, Pelicans, Bulls, Bucks, Heat, Knicks, Raptors, Warriors

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 93:46

    Good lord. The first couple days of NBA free agency were a whirlwind. And while there's still plenty of offseason left to unfold, Hardwood Knocks tapped Bleacher Report's Grant Hughes (@gt_hughes) to dole out early impressions of what's taken place so far. Along with Dan, he covers the moves made by the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets, Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors and muuuuch more. TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    2021 NBA Offseason Trade & Free-Agency Targets for Every Eastern Conference Team

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 88:52

    Hardwood Knocks analyzes the free-agency and trade markets for all 15 NBA teams in the Eastern Conference, a journey that covers proposed targets and hypothetical trades galore. TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    Grizzlies-Pelicans Trade, Top Free-Agency & Trade Targets for Every Western Conference Team

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2021 114:47

    NBA Offseason mode is fully engaged, and so are we. Adam and Dan analyze the ins and outs of the trade between the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies, covering everything from the cap mechanisms to how it impacts Lonzo Ball, Kyle Lowry, Ja Morant and much more. After that, we give our top trade and free-agency targets for all 15 Western Conference teams. Let's ride! TIMESTAMPS ⬇️

    2021 NBA Draft Primer

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 83:48

    NBA DRAFT SZN LET'S F'N GO! Hardwood Knocks brings back the best in the biz, Adam Spinella (@Spinella14) of The Box and One (@theboxandone_) to discuss everything about the 2021 NBA draft. We cover how to go about building a big board, draft philosophy, Coach Spins' top-10 big board, the most underrated prospects, Jalen Suggs, Jalen Green, Evan Mobley, Jared Butler, Sharife Cooper, Trey Murphy III, Davion Mitchell, Usman Garuba, Scottie Barnes, some of YOUR questions and muuuuch more. TIMESTAMPS⬇️

    GIANNIS FOREVER, Lakers and Clippers Offseason Outlooks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 59:25


    Hardwood Knocks brings in SB Nation's Sabreena Merchant (@sabreenajm) to discuss all things Lakers and Clippers—trades, free agency, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma, Reggie Jackson, coaching, everything. But first: We pour one out for Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks!


    MAILBAG: Bucks-Suns, Damian Lillard, Underrated NBA Skills, Nuggets Offseason

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 61:31


    MAIL TIME. Hardwood Knocks' latest listener-steered trip around the NBA covers the NBA Finals, Phoenix Suns' three-game losing streak, Milwaukee Bucks' uptick in play, Devin Booker, Jrue Holiday, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Chris Paul, the Denver Nuggets, Damian Lillard and more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️


    Kawhi Leonard Injury Fallout, Anatomy of Fake Trades + Trade Ideas

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2021 94:33

    Adam and Dan discuss the process behind how they come up with fake NBA trades, and how they prepare for the negative backlash of them. This was a fun, fantastic conversation, and we strongly recommend listening to it in its entirety. After that, though, we talk about actual fake trades involving the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers and much more. Finally, Dan discusses the impact of Kawhi Leonard's partially right torn ACL on his future, as well as the Clippers' outlook. TIMESTAMPS⬇️

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