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