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Game Theory Podcast

Sam Vecenie, a Senior NBA Writer at The Athletic, talks all about basketball. From the NBA, to the NBA Draft, to college hoops and even some high school, Vecenie is has you covered in this show. And some thoughts on movies, too.

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Early NBA season thoughts; Rookie Extension Deadline Breakdown

In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I run through a lot of different topics!  -Ayton suspended and Bagley hurt -Early season thoughts on: Karl-Anthony Towns, Cleveland and the grand point guard experiment, Markelle Fultz, the Miami Heat are crazy athletic, Ja Morant, Luka Doncic, and Trae Young. Then, we did our typical Melo Ball segment. Finally, we jumped into Rookie Extensions. Pascal Siakam max with All-NBA. Jaylen Brown 4/103 with incentives. Buddy Hield: 4/86 4/94 achievable, 4/106 higher end. Domantas Sabonis 4/77. Cedi Osman 4/31 with last year non guarantee. Dejounte Murray 4/64. Taurean Prince: 2/29 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 43mins

25 Oct 2019

Rank #1

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The Only, Supersized College Basketball Preview with the Three Man Weave

In this episode, I'm joined by the Three Man Weave guys (Jim, Matt, and Ky) to preview college basketball. We use and explain Season Long Pool to discuss and jump into each conference and team. We go through the Big Ten, ACC, Big East, Big 12, Pac-12, and SEC. Plus, we chat about the other leagues and some of our most interesting teams to watch.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 59mins

30 Oct 2019

Rank #2

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Is this start for real? NBA teams edition

In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I break down the starts for seven teams across the NBA and decide whether or not these starts or real or if they're fool's gold in one way or another.  The New York Knicks, the Phoenix Suns, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Boston Celtics, and the Philadelphia 76ers.  This episode is brought to you by Manscaped.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 23mins

14 Nov 2019

Rank #3

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2019 NBA Draft Top-10 Prospects Breakdown; Conley Trade; Horford Opt-Out

On the pod I'm joined by Cole Zwicker. We start by breaking down the Mike Conley trade, then move into the Al Horford opt-out.  Then, we do the top-10 prospects on my big board:  10. Sekou Doumbouya 9. Cam Reddish 8. Goga Bitadze 7. Coby White 6. Darius Garland 5. Jarrett Culver 4. De'Andre Hunter 3. R.J. Barrett 2. Ja Morant 1. Zion Williamson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

2hr 4mins

20 Jun 2019

Rank #4

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NBA FREE AGENCY MADNESS EMERGENCY PODCAST with Cole Zwicker

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins and we break down what ended up being a completely bonkers opening day of free agency. We break down Kevin Durant and Kyrie to the Nets, D'Angelo Russell to the Warriors, Al Horford, Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson to the 76ers, Jimmy Butler heading to Miami, Kemba to the Celtics, Terry Rozier to the Hornets, Orlando running it back, Milwaukee mostly running it back without Brogdon, Indiana and Utah doing really well, and the Knicks. Oh, the Knicks. The Knicks went full Knicks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 47mins

1 Jul 2019

Rank #5

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DAME Appreciation Podcast; What have we learned from the NBA playoffs?

In this episode, Cole Zwicker returns! We chat about what's been going on with Cole the last year. Then, we move on to Damian Lillard, and his place in the NBA right now after his series winner against Oklahoma City. Then, we chat about takeaways from the playoffs from the perspective of team-building? How has what we've seen affected the way we go about trying to most effectively create a champion?  After that, we start to preview second round playoff series. The Bucks-Celtics, then the potential Warriors-Rockets, and finally the Raptors-Sixers. Who do we think wins those series?  Finally, we chat about some draft takes, including who Cole would have at No. 2 on his board right now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 31mins

24 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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NBA Draft Lottery Madness: What happens now?

In this episode of the podcast, I chat with good friend of the program Cole Zwicker, where we break down all the madness that unfolded as the New Orleans Pelicans ended up winning the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, with Memphis moving up to 2, the Knicks to No. 3, and the Lakers up to NO. 4.  Then, we chat about my experiences here at the G League Combine. Finally, we give some hot takes on Game of Thrones.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 6mins

15 May 2019

Rank #7

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2019 NBA Mock Draft; Anthony Davis Trade Thoughts with Cole Zwicker

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker. We break down the Anthony Davis deal and run through all of the pieces of the trade. We actually kind of like this deal for both sides! Then, we do a 2019 NBA Mock Draft through the first round, where we go back and forth and take our picks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 24mins

17 Jun 2019

Rank #8

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Is Zion the No. 1 NBA Asset right now? Dell Demps fired, NBA Draft

In this episode, Sam and Cole chat about Dell Demps being fired by the New Orleans Pelicans, and why the time was right. The Demps era will be known for its missed opportunities as much as anything else.  Then, they talk about what they're most looking forward to on All-Star weekend.  Next, we discuss this question: is Zion Williamson the No. 1 asset in the NBA if he was thrown into a NBA 2k Fantasy Draft style setting? I discuss why I don't think he is. Cole thinks it's a little bit more of a question.  Finally, they get into their bread and butter and discuss the draft. Why are we both so high on De'Andre Hunter? Why do they both like Brandon Clarke as much as they do? They then talk about the worst award list I've ever seen in my life, the Kareem Abdul Jabbar award top-10. Then, they bounce around to a lot of random prospects.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 35mins

16 Feb 2019

Rank #9

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NBA Draft Big Board Nos. 20 through 11; Kevin Durant injury

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker where we break down the wild Game 5 between the Raptors and Warriors, including Kevin Durant's injury. We try and look at it from all angles, and look at why it's an incredible bummer on all accounts.  Then, we break down the prospects ranked 20th through 11th on my big board. Here's the order.  20. PJ Washington 19. Romeo Langford 18. Tyler Herro 17. Rui Hachimura 16. Nickeil Alexander-Walker 15. Grant Williams 14. Kevin Porter Jr.  13. Jaxson Hayes 12. Brandon Clarke 11. Nassir Little Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 49mins

12 Jun 2019

Rank #10

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Draymond Green Extension, McCollum Extension, 2020 Free Agents

In this episode, it's a two-parter! First, Dieter Kurtenbach joins and we break down the Draymond Green four-year, $100 million extension -- as well as his role in the historical context of the NBA.  Then, we chat with Cole Zwicker about a variety of topics. We break down CJ McCollum's three-year, $100 million extension, followed by breaking down the weak 2020 free agency class. It gets dire in a hurry, but there are at least some interesting names worth bringing up including Andre Drummond, DeMar DeRozan, Mike Conley, Derrick Favors, Fred VanVleet, and more.  Finally, we jump into some draft prospects. First we talk Game Theory Podcast favorite Isaiah Joe. Then we run through some of the interesting returning prospects in the NCAA. This part jumps around.  Oh, and we read an absolutely legendary podcast review. I think it's the greatest in Game Theory Podcast history.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

2hr 21mins

3 Aug 2019

Rank #11

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LIVE Reaction: Kristaps Porzingis Trade to Dallas; More Anthony Davis trades

In this episode of the Game Theory Podcast, Cole Zwicker joins and we break down what the hell just happened. Why did the Knicks dump Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks essentially in a salary move? Do they feel this confident on Kevin Durant? What is Kristaps actual trade value? Why is this a good deal for the Mavericks? We also talk trading Anthony Davis and what such a deal could look like before we were rudely interrupted by the WojBombs. Finally, we finish on the NBA Draft, and discuss some of the prospects we've seen and been fans of recently, including the three prospects at Kentucky, Dylan Windler, Kevin Porter Jr., Matisse Thybulle, Aaron Nesmith, Aaron Wiggins, Neemias Queta, and more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 37mins

31 Jan 2019

Rank #12

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Beal Extension/Trades/; 2019 Rookie Extensions w/ Cole Zwicker

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about three topics. First, we chat about Bradley Beal, and the Wizards options for him. What should they do if he doesn't sign the extension? Should they trade him? If they decide to move him, which team has the best package of assets?  Then, we chat briefly about Dragan Bender. What are his odds of resurrecting his career in Milwaukee?  Finally, we break down the potential 2019 Rookie extension candidates. First, we talk about the deals Ben Simmons and Jamal Murray have already signed. Then, we move to Pascal Siakam, Jaylen Brown, Buddy Hield, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Brandon Ingram, Dario Saric, Caris LeVert, Jakob Poeltl, Domantas Sabonis, Taurean Prince, Juan Hernangomez, Malik Beasley, Dejounte Murray. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 40mins

27 Jul 2019

Rank #13

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Top 25 NBA Players, 23 and Under: Nos. 25 to 17

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker, where we run through our yearly tradition, where we break down our top-25 players who are 23 or younger in the NBA. As usual, the rules are simple: any player born in 1996 or later in eligible that is currently in the NBA. We break them down based off of what their future value to the NBA is, not necessarily what their current standing league-wide is.  In this one, we run through the nine players ranked 25th through 17th, as well as discuss some of the honorable mentions.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 49mins

27 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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NBA Draft Big Board, Nos. 30-21; Warriors take Game 2 in NBA Finals

In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I break down Game 2 of the NBA Finals and where the series stands heading the rest of the way.  Then, we start our NBA Draft Big Board series, where we have conversations about all of the top-30 prospects in the class. We break down Nos. 30 through 21 on my board. Here's the rundown:  30. Eric Paschall 29. Chuma Okeke 28. Luguentz Dort 27. Carsen Edwards 26. Cam Johnson 25. Luka Samanic 24. KZ Okpala 23. Mfiondu Kabengele 22. Keldon Johnson 21. Nic Claxton Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 45mins

5 Jun 2019

Rank #15

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The Suns; The Rookie Class; The 2019 Draft with Cole Zwicker

Making a triumphant return to the podcast, Cole Zwicker joins to chat about a few interesting player development and evaluation topics.  First, we chat about the Suns. The Suns had won four straight games at the time of this recording, and seemed tailor made for a long-form breakdown to start by Cole and I given the sheer number of young players on the roster.  Then, we move into The Rookie Class. How insane has Luka been? What do we think of Jaren Jackson, Wendell Carter, Trae Young, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Miles Bridges, Marvin Bagley, and more.  Then, we chat about the draft class. Where are we on the draft class? Is it as bad as everyone says? What do we think of Romeo Langford, Quentin Grimes, Cam Reddish and R.J. Barrett, and some of the elite players?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 55mins

22 Dec 2018

Rank #16

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All-Defense and All-Rookie teams; NBA Draft Combine Thoughts

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker. We break down the All-Rookie and All-Defense teams, noting what our teams would look like in each situation and what our mindsets are on how to vote for these teams.  Then, we chatted about the NBA Draft Combine. Who stood out? Who were some of the interesting players in attendance?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 29mins

23 May 2019

Rank #17

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2019 NBA Eastern Conference Win Total Over/Under Betting Predictions

In this episode, friend of the program Robby Kalland from UPRoxx Sports joins the podcast, and we chat about Eastern Conference Over/Under Win totals in the NBA.  The order we go in: Boston, Brooklyn, New York, Philadelphia, Toronto Then, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indiana, Milwaukee Then, Atlanta, Charlotte, Miami, Orlando, Washington Finally, we finish with MVP odds.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 18mins

3 Oct 2019

Rank #18

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Top Eight NBA Players, 23 and Under

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker, where we run through our yearly tradition, where we break down our top-25 players who are 23 or younger in the NBA. As usual, the rules are simple: any player born in 1996 or later in eligible that is currently in the NBA. We break them down based off of what their future value to the NBA is, not necessarily what their current standing league-wide is.  In this one, we run through the nine players ranked in the top-eight.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 39mins

3 Sep 2019

Rank #19

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Emergency Anthony Davis Trade Speculation Podcast

In this podcast, Dieter Kurtenbach joins to discuss everything Anthony Davis. First, we chat about the Pelicans in general, and their direction. Then, we talk about Boston, the Knicks, the Lakers, and all of the other potential deals. What is the best asset in a potential deal? Then, we continue to discuss why the Pelicans should tear the whole thing down and trade Julius Randle, Nikola Mirotic, and look into Jrue Holiday offers.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1hr 26mins

28 Jan 2019

Rank #20