Rank #1: Tanking Reform, Playoff Sleepers, and Anthony Davis's Brilliance With Bill Simmons | Heat Check (Ep. 218)
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons brings on Haralabos Voulgaris and Jason Concepcion to discuss the trends of the modern NBA (3:09), the merits of advanced metrics (13:48), and how to fix tanking (34:17). Then they are joined by Justin Verrier to debate who belongs in the All-NBA first team (46:37), how much coaching matters (58:32), and the future of the post-trade-deadline Cleveland Cavaliers (69:14).
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Rank #2: NBA Over/Under With Bill Simmons—Eastern Conference (Ep. 142)
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons outlines the entire Eastern Conference with help from Joe House and Jason Concepcion. Topics include: the inferior Eastern Conference (6:00), the Bulls' tanking efforts (10:00), the Nets not tanking anymore (18:00), the lack of incentive for the Knicks (24:00), reasons why the Pacers will stay competitive (29:00), the awful Orlando Magic (35:00), Philly's chance to take the next step (42:00), the Miami Heat's dark-horse title chances (57:00), Jabari Parker's trade value (1:06:00), the Wizards' chance for a Boogie trade (1:11:00), the Celtics' new core (1:15:00), and Kyrie's relationship with Brad Stevens (1:18:00).
Rank #3: The Future of the Cavs and Knicks With Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Justin Verrier | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 206)
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons sits down with Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier to discuss Kristaps Porzingis's recent season-ending injury and its effect on the trajectory of the Knicks' season (2:35), possible destinations for Avery Bradley (12:20), and just what the hell is going on in Cleveland (26:55). Then, the guys are joined by Jason Concepcion to commiserate about Porzingis and explore what kinds of changes he may make to his game when he returns (37:30).
Rank #4: Ep. 77: The Trade Deadline Extravaganza With Chris Ryan
Rank #5: LeBron Thought About the Knicks, but It Was All a (Pipe) Dream | The Mismatch (Ep. 352)
LeBron James comments on having considered the New York Knicks as a free-agent destination (1:17), the Sacramento Kings and Dallas Mavericks continue to overperform behind their young stars (14:50), the Boston Celtics return to excellence after a slow start (34:10), and the Los Angeles Lakers look to add Trevor Ariza to an already wing-heavy roster (43:10).
Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
Rank #6: The (Sort of) Brawl in the Hall and the Broken Cavs (Ep. 192)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Kevin O’Connor review the various altercations in and around the Rockets-Clippers game (1:13), answer fan questions regarding the aforementioned incident (17:56), and analyze the Cleveland Cavaliers’ issues, as were on display against the Warriors (24:15).
Rank #7: Celtics Eclipse Sixers, #LeBronto Continues, and Warriors-Rockets Is Near | Heat Check (Ep. 263)
The Ringer’s John Gonzalez is joined by HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons to review how the Boston Celtics built a surprising 3-0 lead over the Philadelphia 76ers (2:27). Then, Shea Serrano calls in to discuss LeBron James and the Cavaliers dominating the Toronto Raptors (30:04). Finally, Haley O’Shaughnessy and Paolo Uggetti join to react to the Golden State Warriors overwhelming the New Orleans Pelicans (49:19) and the Houston Rockets pushing ahead of the Utah Jazz (59:32).
Rank #8: Early Season Assessments With Bill Simmons and Tom Haberstroh (Ep. 155)
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by recently departed ESPNer Tom Haberstroh to give his thoughts on the Cavs' lacking defense (18:00), potential Boogie Cousins trades (30:00), and re-drafting the 2017 NBA draft (42:00).
Rank #9: The Griffin Trade With Bill Simmons, Justin Verrier, and Chris Ryan (Emergency Edition) | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 200)
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons, Chris Ryan, and Justin Verrier discuss the Clippers trading Blake Griffin to the Pistons in an emergency edition of 'The Ringer NBA Show.'
Rank #10: The State of the NBA With Bill Simmons and Haralabos Voulgaris (Ep. 145)
HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons is joined by Haralabos Voulgaris after a long hiatus from the podcasting world to discuss the biggest offseason moves (6:00), Oklahoma City's potential contender status (13:00), Kyrie's lacking defense (19:00), LeBron's exit strategy (27:00), the Warriors' unselfishness (36:00), the myth behind the Warriors' reinvention of basketball (44:00), and Ben Simmons's Rookie of the Year campaign (55:00).
Rank #11: The Playoffs Are Here! With Bill Simmons (Ep. 98)
Rank #12: Bill Simmons on LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Offseason Moves, and NBA Draft Advice (Ep. 126)
Rank #13: The Warriors' Big Spread, LaVar Ball's Premonition, and Harry Giles (Ep. 113)
Rank #14: #RingerNBA Live: All-Star Reserves and Trade Deadline Preview | After-Party (Ep. 197)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan, Justin Verrier, and Kevin O’Connor react to the announcement of All-Star reserves and perform a mock draft of the All-Star teams (1:28). Then, they are joined by The Ringer’s Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss intriguing trade possibilities ahead of the upcoming deadline (29:53).
Rank #15: D.C.'s White Flag Wednesday With Bill Simmons and Joe House (Ep. 109)
Rank #16: One Thing for Every Team With Bill Simmons, Part 1 (Ep. 183)
HBO and The Ringer’s Bill Simmons and The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor discuss one topic for each of the 30 teams in the NBA. In Part 1, they analyze teams with records under .500.
Rank #17: LeVert Gets Locked Up and Dwight Howard Returns. Plus: A Very Mismatch Mailbag. | The Mismatch
The Brooklyn Nets extends Caris LeVert for $52.5 million over three years (0:43), and the Los Angeles Lakers sign former All-Star (and former Laker) Dwight Howard (8:27). Plus: the first-ever 'Mismatch' mailbag (22:58)!
Hosts: Chris Vernon, Kevin O’Connor
Rank #18: Ep. 80: The NBA and Other Things With Shea Serrano
Rank #19: Jordan vs. LeBron and Final Stretch Preview | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 215)
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor debate whether LeBron James has a chance to catch up to Michael Jordan in the GOAT conversation (0:32) and discuss how the rest of the season will play out (35:17).
The Ringer's Jordan-LeBron Week
Rank #20: Cleveland's Very Bad Week, Trade Rumors, and Marveling at the Spurs | Group Chat (Ep. 198)
The Ringer's Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Kevin O'Connor to talk about the Celtics snapping their four-game losing streak and Kyrie Irving stepping into the role of team spokesperson (2:40), Ben Simmons's developing talent (6:25), and the multitude of rumors circling the Cavs (11:55). Then, they speculate about the "best version" of the Blazers (30:05), Spurs (39:00), Bucks (44:00), and more.