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Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss a wide range of topics pertaining to the NBA.

Read and React NBA Podcast


    • Jan 15, 2022 LATEST EPISODE
    • weekly NEW EPISODES
    • 59m AVG DURATION
    • 173 EPISODES


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    2021-22 All Star Picks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2022 75:38

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber select and discuss who they would vote to this year's All Star teams (if they had actual votes, which they regrettably do not).

    Klay Is Back, the Grizz Are Surging, and Jon Is Back In on the Sixers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 69:33

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber assess how Klay Thompson looked in his return and what his presence means for the Warriors moving forward. Then they discuss the red-hot Grizzlies, the Celtics' offensive struggles, and Joel Embiid's stellar play recently.

    What Should Each Contender Look For On the Trade Market?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 74:32

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the awesome matchup between the Cavs and Grizzlies on Tuesday night before identifying which players each NBA title contender could target ahead of the trade deadline. Then, they react live to the news that Zion Williamson is rehabbing his knee in Portland.

    Are the Jazz the Best Team in the NBA? Plus a Lakers Check-In and Potential Trade Candidates

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 86:01

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber check in on the Lakers' progress over the last month and discuss the Grizzlies' success in Ja Morant's absence. Then they debate whether the Jazz are on the same level as the Warriors and Suns and potential trade candidates over the next few months.

    2021-22 Third-Season NBA Awards

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 93:49

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss recent tumult in Portland, then dive into their MVP, all-NBA, and other awards ballots through the first third of the NBA season. All stats courtesy of Cleaning the Glass and NBA.com.

    Buy or Sell: Suns' Title Chances, Wolves' Defense & the Bulls

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 33:03

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber share their observations from Tuesday's high-profile matchup between the Suns and Warriors, then discuss the Suns' place in the NBA championship race, the Timberwolves' improved defense, the Chicago Bulls, and more.

    What's Behind Wizards & Cavs' Success? Plus Tyrese Maxey's Improvement & Atlanta's Struggles

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 51:02

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber bounce around the NBA and discuss Tyrese Maxey's recent play, how good the Wizards really are, the best passing big men of all time, and more.

    The Warriors Are Surging While the Lakers & Nets Struggle

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 64:13

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss their concern levels for struggling teams like the Nets and Lakers, plus what's behind the Warriors' strong start and Ja Morant's step forward.

    Rookie Impressions, Harden's Struggles & Other Early-Season Observations

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 78:27

    Two weeks into the NBA season, Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the early observations and trends they've noticed, including the rookies that have stood out, James Harden's early struggles, what's going on with the Lakers, and more.

    2021-22 NBA Season Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 111:21

    The NBA season is finally here! Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss their expectations for the season, what they expect from each team, how awards races might shake out, and much more. Plus: analysis of the rookie extensions that were and weren't signed this week.

    2021-22 League Pass Rankings

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 55:36

    With the start of the NBA season fast approaching, Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the teams they're most (and least) looking forward to watching this year.

    Raptors, Blazers & Warriors Season Previews

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 59:38

    Read & React's 2021-22 NBA team preview series wraps up with three of the most fascinating teams heading into the 2021-22 NBA season: the Toronto Raptors, Portland Trail Blazers, and Golden State Warriors.

    76ers, Kings & Spurs Season Previews

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 57:11

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber react to the Nets' statement on Kyrie Irving's availability, then dive into what they expect from the 76ers, Kings and Spurs in the 2022 NBA season.

    Lakers, Wolves & Pelicans Season Previews

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 66:25

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss their concerns over the Lakers' revamped roster around LeBron & AD, how the Pelicans and Wolves can build high-end offenses around their stars, and much more.

    Mavericks, Celtics & Rockets Season Previews

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 65:26

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber go in-depth on what to expect from the Mavericks, Celtics, and Rockets in the 2021-22 NBA season.

    Ben Taylor on Scoring Blindness, Brooklyn's Offense, Leaguewide Trends & More

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 43:21

    Ben Taylor of Thinking Basketball and Backpicks.com joins Read & React to discuss how bias toward scoring inflates our perception of NBA player value, whether defense has become more important in a more offensively-powered league, expectations for the Nets' offense in 2022, and much more. Follow & support Ben's work: Thinking Basketball podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/12kpkAvUj6LGxzViDIH0qH?si=FmfwE5j3T--38wrVlGB6Tg&dl_branch=1Thinking Basketball YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ThinkingBasketballPatreon: https://www.patreon.com/ThinkingBasketball

    NBA Media Day News; Nuggets, Jazz, and Clippers Season Previews

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 59:12

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber break down the biggest news from the NBA's Media Days, including Zion Williamson's surprise foot injury, Michael Porter Jr.'s rookie extension, and more troubling comments from NBA players about the COVID vaccine. Then they preview the 2021-22 season for the Nuggets, Jazz, and Clippers.

    Pistons, Hornets & Thunder Previews, Plus A Chaotic NBA News Week

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2021 71:49

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss *yet another* mini-development in the unending Ben Simmons Saga before reacting to Gersson Rosas' dismissal from the Timberwolves and vaccine hesitancy from two prominent NBA players. Then they dive into 2021-22 season previews for the Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Hornets, and Oklahoma City Thunder.

    Pacers, Cavaliers & Knicks Season Previews

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 50:54

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the Pacers, Cavs, and Knicks' outlooks for the 2021-22 season, including what the Cavs should pay Collin Sexton, whether Julius Randle will regress after a career year, and more.

    Grizzlies, Magic & Wizards Season Previews

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2021 56:58

    Read & React's offseason preview series continues with the Grizzlies, Magic, and Wizards. Plus, Ben and Jon discuss the impact of Paul Millsap signing with the Nets.

    Hawks, Heat & Bulls Season Previews, Plus More Ben Simmons Drama

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 77:27

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber touch on yet another development in the Ben Simmons Trade Saga before sharing their expectations for the Hawks, Heat, and Bulls' upcoming seasons.

    Markkanen to Cleveland, Plus Bucks, Nets & Suns Season Previews!

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 63:45

    The Summer of the Sign-and-Trade continues as the Cavaliers acquire Lauri Markkanen in a three-team deal with the Bulls and Blazers. Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the move, then look at what to expect from the Bucks, Nets, and Suns next season.

    Embiid Extension, Beverley Movement, and the NBA's Christmas Schedule

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2021 57:25

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss what Joel Embiid's four-year extension means for the Sixers and how it fits into a trend of the offseason. Then they discuss the NBA's 2021 Christmas Day schedule and which games have the most allure before dissecting the activity involving the Grizzlies, Clippers, and Timberwolves this week.

    Summer League Observations, Simmons Posturing & Schröder to Boston

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 59:15

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber share their thoughts and observations on how Cade Cunningham, Alperen Şengün, and other 2021 draftees have played in the Las Vegas Summer League so far. Then they touch on the state of the Ben Simmons trade market and Dennis Schröder's deal with the Celtics.

    Top 30 Players in the NBA

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 113:57

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber rank and discuss the 30 best players in the NBA right now, including the philosophical considerations that went into making the list, the differences between primary and complementary stars, the relative value of scoring and playmaking, and where stars like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Joel Embiid, and others fall in the top 10.

    The Biggest Deals of Free Agency So Far

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2021 60:59

    Almost 48 hours into free agency, Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber react to some of the biggest deals of the offseason so far, including the Heat's big swings, the Bulls' bold moves, the Lakers' veteran acquisitions, and more.

    2021 Free Agency Primer

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 61:53

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss some of the deals that have already been done this offseason, as well as what to expect once NBA free agency opens up.

    NBA Draft & Westbrook Trade Reactions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2021 70:39

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the Lakers' perplexing trade for Russell Westbrook and the Wizards' direction after the deal. Then they analyze some of the best, worst, and most interesting picks of Thursday night's NBA Draft.

    2021 NBA Draft Preview With Brad Rowland

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2021 102:34

    NBA Draft expert Brad Rowland joins Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber for a comprehensive discussion on the upcoming Draft, including how the top prospects in the class stack up against one another, which players could provide the most value late in the first round, and much more.Keep up with Brad's work on Dime Uproxx and the Locked On Hawks podcast, and follow him on Twitter @BTRowland.

    The Milwaukee Bucks Are NBA Champions!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2021 46:33

    The Milwaukee Bucks finally got over the hump and won an NBA title. Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the Bucks' Game 6 win over the Suns, the key elements that turned the series, Giannis Antetokounmpo's dominance, and more.

    The Bucks Pull Ahead in the Finals, Plus More Offseason Rumblings

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 41:42

    After a thrilling Game 5 win over the Suns, the Milwaukee Bucks lead the NBA Finals 3-2. Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss how the Bucks got here, how they might close the series in Game 6, and what the Suns can do to stave off elimination. Plus, what the latest reporting surrounding Damian Lillard and the Blazers augurs for the offseason.

    How the Bucks Evened Up the Finals

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 68:53

    We have a series! With the NBA Finals tied at 2-2, Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss what they saw from the Bucks in Games 2 and 3, adjustments each team can make in Game 5, how these playoffs have changed their perceptions of Giannis Antetokounmpo, and more.

    Suns Take a 2-0 Lead, Plus Reevaluations of "Empty" Scorers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2021 58:19

    The NBA Finals shift back to Milwaukee after the Suns took a 2-0 lead; what can the Bucks do to even the series at home? Plus, how to evaluate young scorers on bad teams after Devin Booker and Trae Young's star turns in the playoffs.

    NBA Finals Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2021 44:49

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss how Giannis' Antetokounmpo's knee injury affects the Bucks' outlook for the NBA Finals and beyond, then dive into the details that could define the series between Milwaukee and Phoenix.

    Hypothetical Damian Lillard Trade Ideas & the State of the NBA Right Now

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2021 78:21

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the state of the NBA midway through the Conference Finals, plus the reports of Damian Lillard's dissatisfaction with Blazers' management and which teams could realistically trade for him.

    Pistons Win the Lottery, NBA Fixes Foul Rule & More Ben Simmons Discourse

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 62:03

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss what Tuesday night's NBA lottery results augur for the Draft, the upside of the NBA tweaking its foul rules, and Ben Simmons' standing in the league after another playoff loss.

    Hawks Topple the 76ers, Devin Booker's Historic Game 1, and Conference Finals Previews

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 76:04

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber analyze Atlanta's Game 7 win in Philadelphia and where the 76ers go from here. Then they discuss how the Hawks and Bucks match up in the Eastern Conference Finals and what Game 1 of the West Finals could mean for the rest of the series.

    Read & Overreact: Ben Simmons Trade Ideas, Plus the Kemba-for-Horford Trade

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 18, 2021 67:54

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber spend 35 minutes discussing potential Ben Simmons trades in order to help Jon cope with the Sixers' Game 5 loss to the Hawks. Then they hit the latest Mavericks news and the Kemba-Walker-for-Al-Horford trade.

    KD's Masterpiece, Plus a Wild Day of NBA News

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 60:15

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber react to a crazy day of NBA news, including Chris Paul entering the health and safety protocol, Kawhi Leonard's knee injury, coach firings, and more. Then they discuss Kevin Durant's heroics and the Nets' win over the Bucks in Game 5.

    The Bucks Respond; Where Do the Nuggets Go From Here?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 45:19

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber examine the Nuggets' immediate future after being swept by the Suns, then discuss the Clippers' win over the Jazz and the Bucks' response in Games 3 and 4 against the Nets.

    Jazz Edge Out Clippers in Game 1, Plus More Round 2 Reactions

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 64:52

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss Utah's big win over the Clippers in Game 1 Tuesday night, the return of Chris Paul against the Nuggets, Philly's response to even the series against the Hawks, and what looks like another Bucks collapse.

    Hawks & Nets Get Ahead, Plus Western Conference Semifinal Previews

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 57:04

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber break down the Hawks and Nets' wins over the Sixers and Bucks before previewing the two Western Conference Semifinal series.

    East Semifinal Previews & Where the Lakers Go From Here

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 4, 2021 49:29

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the Suns closing out the Lakers on Thursday night and what the end of L.A.’s season tells us about their future. Then, they break down the two Eastern Conference Semifinals series in great detail, including how the Bucks might try to defend Brooklyn’s stars, the problems Giannis Antetokounmpo poses for the Nets, and the Sixers’ best option to guard Trae Young.*Note: Jon was recording from a different location, and thus the audio quality was slightly lower than usual.

    Celtics Front Office Shakeup & An Instant Classic In Denver

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 26:28

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber react to the news that Danny Ainge has stepped down as the Celtics' President of Basketball Operations and Brad Stevens' move into the front office. Then, they rehash some of their favorite moments from an all-time game between the Nuggets and Blazers.

    Embiid & AD Injuries, Hawks & Clippers Take Back Control

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2021 43:54

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the potential impact of Joel Embiid and Anthony Davis’ injuries, as well as what they’ve seen from the Hawks and Clippers as they’ve regained the upper hand in their respective playoff series.

    Clippers & Celtics Get on the Board, Hawks Take a 2-1 Lead

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2021 29:01

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the Hawks’ win over New York, Boston getting on the board against the Nets, and what the Clippers may have figured out against the Mavericks.

    Mavs Steal Two In L.A., Knicks & Utah Even Things Up

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 53:39

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss the Luka Dončić and the Mavericks' dismantling of the Clippers' defense, Nate McMillan's questionable rotation decisions, and more from the first round of the NBA playoffs.

    Early Observations From All Eight Playoff Series

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2021 76:16

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber share their thoughts and observations on every NBA playoff series so far.

    2021 Playoff Preview, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2021 70:53

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber recap Memphis’ win over Golden State to earn the eighth seed, then discuss how the Grizzlies match up with Utah. Finally, they forecast the entire playoffs and predict the eventual NBA champion.

    2021 Playoff Preview, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later May 21, 2021 54:32

    Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber discuss Wednesday night's classic between the Lakers and Warriors, then preview Bucks-Heat, Nets-Celtics, Nuggets-Blazers, and Clippers-Mavericks ahead of the first round of the NBA playoffs.

    NBA Play-In Tournament Preview

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2021 44:17

    With the regular season finally over with, Ben Ladner and Jon Sauber look ahead to the NBA Play-In Tournament and preview the tactical battles that could determine each game.

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