Rank #1: Jonathan Isaac Is a Star, Trae Young's Bust Potential, and Other Summer League Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 301)
The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor sit down in Caesars Palace Las Vegas to talk NBA summer league. They discuss Jonathan Isaac's impressive play, Mo Bamba, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Kevin Knox. They revisit Trae Young's bust potential and discuss the uncertainty of college stats and the shortage of sophomores in this year's summer league.
Rank #2: Ep. 47: The MVP Rat Race, Clippers-Nets, and Conley's Injury With Chris Mannix
The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Yahoo Sports senior NBA writer Chris Mannix discuss the state of the MVP race (5:00), Sean Kilpatrick's breakout game (12:00), the Clippers-Nets fiasco (16:00), the Celtics' struggling defense (24:00), the impressive Pistons backcourt (28:00), and the best plan for the Grizzlies post-Mike Conley injury (32:00).
Rank #3: 'Group Chat': The 12 Questions of Christmas With Bill Simmons (Ep. 182)
The Ringer's Justin Verrier is joined by Danny Chau, Paolo Uggetti, and HBO and The Ringer's Bill Simmons to discuss the Christmas Day slate and beyond through 12 questions, including: "Who are the 76ers?" (1:50), "Should the Cavaliers trade the Brooklyn pick?" (14:50), and others.
Rank #4: 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 #5: Kawhi for DeRozan, Smart Stays a Celtic, the Timberwolves’ Shaky Future, and Pre-Agency | Group Chat (Ep. 303)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan and Justin Verrier are joined by Haley O’Shaughnessy to discuss the impact of the Toronto Raptors acquiring Kawhi Leonard in exchange for a package led by DeMar DeRozan (0:54), Marcus Smart signing a four-year contract with the Boston Celtics (24:25), the uncertainties surrounding the Minnesota Timberwolves’ stars (29:03), and the next disgruntled stars to leverage their situations (37:12).
Rank #6: 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 #7: One Thing for Every Team With Bill Simmons, Part 2 (Ep. 184)
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 2, they break down teams with records over .500.
Rank #8: Kevin Love's Extension, the Carmelo Trade 2.0, and the Lakers’ Meme Team | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 304)
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to Kevin Love signing a four-year extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers (0:10), discuss the ripple effects of the Carmelo Anthony trade (14:21), and debate the Los Angeles Lakers’ questionable offseason moves (31:40).
Rank #9: The Big Men Are Running Summer League, Plus Free-Agency Check-in | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 300)
The Ringer's Justin Verrier and Jonathan Tjarks sit down in Las Vegas to talk about some of the rookies and sophomores playing in NBA summer league, including Harry Giles, Marvin Bagley III, Deandre Ayton, Collin Sexton, Jaren Jackson Jr., and more. They they talk NBA free agents and some possible landing spots for Clint Capela, Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas, and Jabari Parker.
Rank #10: LaVine Gets Paid, Kawhi Trade Possibilities, and Summer League Takeaways | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 299)
The Ringer’s Chris Ryan is joined by Kevin O’Connor and Jonathan Tjarks to discuss the free agency signings of the weekend thus far (0:11) and takeaways from day 1 of NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (13:29).
Rank #11: Ep. 67: Sam Amick on the LeBron-Barkley Beef
The Ringer's Chris Vernon is joined by USA Today's Sam Amick to discuss LeBron putting haters on blast (5:00), LeBron's business relationship with the Cavs (11:00), the Cavs' free-agent workout (15:00), Charles Barkley's status as a beloved figure (21:00), the biggest threat in the East (27:00), and the immigration executive order's impact on the NBA (33:00).
Rank #12: Warriors Add Boogie, the Lakers’ Bizarre Signings, Kawhi Destinations, and Summer League Tips Off | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 297)
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor react to DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Golden State Warriors (0:11), examine the Los Angeles Lakers’ puzzling roster additions (11:23), debate potential Kawhi Leonard trade scenarios (26:00), and discuss takeaways from the start of summer league in Utah (40:32).
Rank #13: Opening Up the Thanksgiving Mailbag | The Corner 3 (Ep. 342)
We open up the mailbag by answering questions on the Wizards’ dysfunction, the first-, second-, and third-year players we’re most excited about, pre-agency, the Lakers, and much more. Hosts: Kevin O’Connor, Jonathan Tjarks, Danny Chau
Rank #14: The Warriors’ Win, Durant vs. LeBron, and Playoffs Recap (Ep. 125)
The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss the Cavaliers falling short of beating the Warriors (1:20), Kevin Durant’s and LeBron James’s legacies (11:21), what superteams mean for NBA fandom (21:30), how teams could compete against the Warriors (41:48), and the biggest what-ifs of the playoffs (49:00).
Rank #15: Kobe’s Past, Rockets’ Present, and Rookies’ Future (Ep. 181)
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor review Kobe night at Warriors-Lakers (0:40), evaluate Jayson Tatum’s rapid maturation on display against the Pacers (9:33), and laud this year’s impressive rookie class (17:18). Then they discuss the Bulls’ surprising win streak stemming from Nikola Mirotic’s return (27:02), analyze the ingredients behind Houston Rockets’ continued dominance (33:42), and anticipate the return of key players in the Eastern Conference (43:44).
Rank #16: Carmelo Destinations, Jimmy Butler’s Future in Minnesota, and the Kawhi Saga | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 302)
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor discuss the report that Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey spurned the Philadelphia 76ers’ attempt to hire him (0:41), landing spots for Carmelo Anthony (9:02), the Denver Nuggets’ updated roster (18:14), Ben McLemore heading back to the Sacramento Kings (26:24), Jimmy Butler turning down an extension with the Minnesota Timberwolves (30:27), and questions surrounding the remaining free agents (40:13).
Rank #17: Do the Lakers Have Too Many Personalities? Plus, Other Mailbag Questions | The Ringer NBA Show (Ep. 306)
The Ringer’s Chris Vernon and Kevin O’Connor answer an array of questions from listeners, including who would be the starting five of underappreciated NBA players (9:10), whether or not Luke Walton will be able to handle the new Lakers (33:30), the guys’ favorite albums of 2018 (42:10), and much more.
Rank #18: Ep. 58: One-on-One With Joel Embiid
The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor is joined by Sixers forward and Rookie of the Year candidate Joel Embiid to discuss his nickname, the return of the big man in basketball, his desire to play point guard, and his strong social media presence.
Rank #19: Ep. 52: NBA Christmas Wish List With Kevin O'Connor
The Ringer's Chris Vernon and Kevin O'Connor discuss Blake Griffin's durability and decreasing dunk numbers (6:00), Nerlens Noel vs. Jahlil Okafor (15:00), and Cheick Diallo's surprising rookie season (23:00). Then, Chris and Kevin draft their top-five Christmas wishes for the rest of the NBA season.
Rank #20: The CP3 Trade, Phil Jackson's Firing, and What's Next for the Clippers? (Ep. 130)
The Ringer's Chris Ryan brings on Bill Simmons to offer up initial reactions to the news that Chris Paul is heading to the Houston Rockets (3:00). Then, The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor joins to give his thoughts on what's next for the Clippers (17:30). Finally, Knicks fan Jason Concepcion of The Ringer bids farewell to the Phil Jackson era in New York (56:00).