NBA Draft and College Basketball Expert Sam Vecenie talks all levels of hoops.

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In this episode, I hop on with Chris Stone from Sporting News, and we preview every matchup in the NCAA Tournament from an NBA Draft perspective. What games and prospects do you need to watch? What should you be watching for? What are the fun games to look out for? When should you be glued

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach, where we break down the people across the NBA that will shape the league most in the calendar 2019 year. Obviously it includes both on and off the floor personalities that will play a critical part in creating the future of the league, including Kevin Durant, Rich

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about the Celtics-Warriors game last night, the ultimate narrative game of this NBA season thus far. We chat about Kyrie Irving’s weird media stuff, the effect that the off-court stuff has had on the Celtics, and where there’s still time for the season to turn around. Then,

In this episode, I chat with friend of the program Rob Dauster about college basketball. At the Game Theory Podcast, we understand that conference tournament season starts this week, presenting ample opportunity for you guys to gamble on college hoops. So to help you figure out exactly what you want to put your hard-earned dollars

In this episode, I get with Doug Gottlieb from Fox Sports, where we chat about a lot of different topics centering around one all-encompassing force of takes, basketball, and fun: Zion Williamson. We talk about the should he sit the rest of the year take, the amateurism takes inherent to his situation, and whether the

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

In this episode, I talk to Dieter Kurtenbach about some NBA topics heading into the All-Star break. First, we talk about the Thunder, which leads into a conversation about the rest of the Western Conference. Do we believe in the Thunder? What are the other teams in the West we have faith in? Has Russell

n this podcast, Cole Zwicker and I break down a variety of trades. We chat about all of the deals in the order below. Then, we chat about Anthony Davis not getting dealt, and about Kevin Durant vs. the Media: TOR: Marc Gasol for MEM: Jonas, Wright, Miles, 2024 2nd LAC: Temple, Green for MEM:

In this episode, Dave DuFour joins and we chat about all the trades that have gone done 24 hours out from NBA Trade Deadline. First, we break down the Tobias Harris trade to Philadelphia. Why is that a deal that makes sense for them? Is there a reason that this deal might not work? Is

In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Tony Jones, where they discuss the latest in As The Anthony Davis Rumors Turn, with Rich Paul leaks and information galore. Also, we play some game theory and play out some scenarios on why the Pelicans should wait to deal Anthony Davis. Also, we break down what

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

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

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins the podcast and we preview the NBA’s trade deadline. Who should be on the move? What teams could act as sellers, as a large portion of the NBA gears up to be buyers? What teams could realistically act as buyers? What names should be on the market? What are

In this episode, MGrads comes on the podcast and chats about James Harden’s insane scoring run, on the media coverage surrounding rookies and Luka Doncic, on the new AAU and recruiting calendar changes, on the NBA’s best fighters, and on Tre Jones and Duke. Yeah, MGrads and I really jumped around a lot.

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins and we do a split podcast. The first half is on the NBA, with us discussing the Clint Capela injury to start. Can James Harden possibly keep up this pace? Then we move to Robin Lopez. Should the Bulls hang on to him for a trade, or buy him

In this episode, Sam is joined by Dieter Kurtenbach, where the two of them break down their midseason picks for MVP, All-NBA, DPOY, 6MOY, ROY, Most Improved and COY.

In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker about the Tom Thibodeau era ending in Minnesota, the Fred Hoiberg/Ryan Saunders of it all, and what we think of the Timberbulls being no more. Next, we chat about Ben Simmons, and whether or not Ben needs to shoot to be a success in Philadelphia. Then, we

This is a two-part year-end episode. In the first 40 minutes of the episode, Rob Dauster and I talk about UCLA and Steve Alford being fired. It’s a realistic assessment of what he accomplished, didn’t accomplish, where the job sits in the hierarchy of college jobs, and who are the realistic candidates to replace Alford

In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach joins the show and we break down all angles of the Pelicans-Anthony Davis situation. Given that Davis is making public comments about it, LeBron and Giannis are publicly courting him, and the Pelicans have fallen to 15-20, the time is right to start looking at this seriously. What should the

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

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about the NBA and life and technology apparently. 1:30-11:00: Could Skip Bayless beat Tom Brady or LeBron in an eight-mile race? 11:00-24:10: LOL Trevor Ariza, what happened? Breakdown of the madness of Friday’s non-trade, in addition to the trade that eventually happened sending him to the Wizards

In this episode of the podcast, Dieter Kurtenbach makes his triumphant return from his sojourn to South America. 1:30-7:20 — STEPHEN CURRY MOON LANDING 7:20-12:00 — Dieter goes to Uruguay and Argentina, and likely avoids needing to be subpoenaed. 12:00-26:05 — THE BULLS ARE A TRAIN WRECK AND DIETER GREW UP A BULLS FAN. DISCUSS

In this episode, Michael Pina from over at Vice Sports joins the show to talk about a lot of different teams. First, we chat about the Raptors, the best team in the NBA currently. Kawhi’s adjustment to Toronto, Lowry’s adjustment to the DeMar trade and having Kawhi, and some of the other incredible players we’ve

  In this episode, Ricky O’Donnell joins the podcast to chat about Fred Hoiberg getting fired by the Chicago Bulls. What do we make of the Hoiberg era? How did the Bulls front office undercut the scheme? Do we have faith in the Bulls getting out of this long-term bad run with John Paxson and

In this episode, Chris Stone of Sporting News joins the podcast and we chat about some NBA Draft matters. Ja Morant played one of this two most critical games of his season this week, and dropped 38/9/5. What does that mean for him? Is he a potential top-10 pick? We then chat about Darius Garland’s

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about a variety of NBA topics. Intro: Start to 2:20. Bucks: 2:20….G Bucks Offense is best in NBA: 2:20-10:45 Bucks Defense is good too (and overall): 10:45-14:55 Eric Bledsoe/Bucks Supporting Cast/Depth have been great: 14:55-20:00 Giannis is MVP at the quarter-mark of the season: 20:00-24:25. AD FOR

In this episode, Tony Jones chats about the team he covers, the Utah Jazz. We break down some of the issues that currently exist on both sides of the floor, and why we think the defense is a bit more concerning than the offense right now. Then we move to some weird potential shake-up trades, including

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach about a variety of topics. First, we hit on Gordon Hayward moving out of the Celtics’ starting lineup in favor of Aron Baynes. Then we talk about the Terry Rozier tweets. Then, we move to Kemba Walker, who is a legit MVP candidate right now. Can the

In this episode, Dave Dufour from over at Count The Dings joins the podcast to chat about Woj’s report of the Wizards potentially listening to deals. How should they go about blowing this thing up? Should they move John Wall, Bradley Beal, or Otto Porter? How do they best move forward after that point? Then,

In this episode, Chris Stone joins the podcast to give some thoughts on the NBA Draft through one week, as well as preview centers. Here’s the order: Zion Williamson is an alien: 2:00-10:25 What is going on with Nassir Little?: 10:25-15:40 Kevin Porter Jr.’s start at USC: 15:40-23:05 Quentin Grimes/Romeo Langford: 23:05-29:20 Some thoughts on

In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach joins the episode and we chat about a bunch of different subjects: Warriors Draymond-KD blow-up: 5:10-27:15 The Celtics losing four of five: 27:30-44:50 Melo Career Retrospective/Rockets actual problems: 44:50-55:15 Caris LeVert Injury: 55:15-1:05:45 DraftKings ad: 1:05:45-1:07:15 Towns Fuck-You Game in Minnesota: 1:07:15-1:18:30 Dieter loves the Pelicans, Part 1532: 1:18:30-1:19:50 I

In this episode, we break down the Jimmy Butler deal from ALL angles. In the first half of the episode, Derek Bodner joins to break down the Philadelphia 76ers side of the deal. In the second half, Jon Krawczynski breaks it down from the Minnesota side. FULL DEAL: Jimmy Butler and Justin Patton for Robert

In this episode, Tony Jones from The Athletic joins to discuss the great spitting controversy of 2018, and we lay out prediction about what the punishment should have been for Rajon Rondo, Brandon Ingram, and Chris Paul. We also discuss how this type of stuff will affect how we remember Rondo’s career. Then, we break

In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach joins Sam to break down Great British Bake Off, Hereditary, Haunting of Hill House…well, for the first seven minutes at least. But if you want to skip forward to the basketball, the Celtics win over the 76ers takes up half the conversation due to the fascinating nature of the game.

In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach pops on with Sam Vecenie to chat about Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving’s conspiracy theories, their favorite conspiracy theories, Luka Doncic’s debut, Markelle Fultz making 3s, Patrick McCaw’s lack of deal, and the Ryder Cup. But mostly, they laugh about Kyrie, because who HASN’T gone down a YouTube rabbit hole of

Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker about some of the bigger moves in the NBA offseason that have happened since the recent podcast. Discussion centers around: -Jabari Parker, Zach LaVine, and the Chicago Bulls -Kyle Anderson signing and Garrett Temple trade for Memphis -Remaining free agents Clint Capela, Marcus Smart, Rodney Hood, Montrezl Harrell, and

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Vice Sports’ Michael Pina about the NBA offseason that is about to come. First, they start with Kawhi Leonard, chat about how potential trades involving him, and how he affects the rest of the process for LeBron James and maybe even Paul George. Then, they get into unrestricted

In this Draft Day episode of the Game Theory Podcast, Sam Vecenie chats with Jeff Goodman from Stadium/CLNS Media and Chris Stone from Sporting News about the NBA Draft. First, Jeff and Sam discuss some of the key story lines leading into the draft, from trade discussions to the recruitment, background, and development of some

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins Sam Vecenie to chat about the 2018 NBA Draft, but first they talk about the 2019 NBA Draft. Charles Bassey committed to play at Western Kentucky for the 2018-19 college hoops season, so Sam and Cole break down Bassey, his game, what they’ve seen in the past, and how

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker about the NBA Playoffs Conference Finals. First, they break down Game 1 of the Celtics-Cavaliers series, which Boston ran away with by 25 points. We go into the Xs and Os, the performances, and some of the potential adjustments for Game 2. Then, we break down

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker about the second round of the NBA Playoffs, diving deep on each of the series. First, they run through a post-mortem of the Boston-Milwaukee series where Milwaukee was an abject mess in terms of lineups and Boston saw Al Horford, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker about the weekend that was in the playoffs. They open with about 20 minutes on the Bucks pulling even with Boston following Joe Prunty stumbling backwards into the Thon Maker adjustment, which changed the complexion of the series. Then, the two move on to Wizards-Raptors, Pacers-Cavaliers,

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with friend of the program Cole Zwicker about all of the Game 2s in the First Round of the NBA Playoffs, breaking them down much in the same way they did Game 1. They went in this order: Pacers-Cavs, Philadelphia-Miami, Utah-OKC, Milwaukee-Boston, Pelicans-Blazers, Wizards-Raptors, Wolves-Rockets, Spurs-Warriors.

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker and talks goes in-depth on the first weekend of the NBA Playoffs, breaking down the first game of each series. Here’s the order: Utah-OKC, Milwaukee-Boston, New Orleans-Blazers, Pacers-Cavs, Philly-Miami, Wizards–Raptors, Minnesota-Houston, Golden State-San Antonio. Then, they chat about lessons teams can learn from the playoffs in terms of the NBA

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Zach Harper of Fan Rag Sports and the Count the Dings podcast network to preview the 2018 NBA Playoffs. They run through each series, chatting about their overall thoughts on the series, the matchup within the series they’re looking forward to, and the fake over/under they’re most looking

This episode of the podcast is dedicated to handing out the NBA Awards and All-NBA teams. As is tradition, Dieter Kurtenbach joins the show and he and Sam Vecenie run through each of their teams. We hand out and break down: MVP; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Team All-NBA; Defensive Player of the Year; 1st and

In this episode, Cole Zwicker joins Sam for his weekly appearance on the podcast, where the two chat about the 2017 NBA Draft Class. In detail, they break down the entire class’s performance in their rookie seasons, discussing whether or not each player exceeded expectations, lived up to them, or has work to do as

In this episode, Jared Weiss joins Sam Vecenie and chats about the Kyrie Irving injury. What exactly is Kyrie Irving’s injury in detail? What procedure is he undergoing? How does this affect the Celtics moving forward this season? Do they have a legitimate chance to make the Eastern Conference finals, still? All that and more

In this episode, Sam chats with Cole Zwicker about a variety of topics. First, they talk about the Kawhi Leonard report from ESPN, which noted that teams are going to be gathering their war chest to make big-time offers for Leonard this summer. They chat about the situation surrounding him, his contract situation, and the

Sam Vecenie and Michael Pina discuss Marcus Morris’ breakout play and more on Terry Rozier. Episode recap: In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Michael Pina of Vice Sports about the mess that is the Eastern Conference. What do we think of the Cavaliers, and the problem that is the fact that they haven’t

In the latest episode of the Game Theory, Sam Vecenie and Cole Zwicker have a discussion on the return of Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz. As he’s missed a majority of the season due to should soreness, according to the team. Episode summary: In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with good friend of the program

In this episode of the Game Theory, Sam Vecenie talks with Reags from Barstool Sports on the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament and what they’ve seen so far. In terms of pros and cons thus far. Such as the number of upsets which have then created Cinderella stories. They then talk best players and more who are expected

In this episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Chris Stone from over at FanSided, where they break down — in pain-staking detail — every NBA prospect matchup in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and all of their potential favorite matchups that could happen later in the Tournament. They start in the South, where

With the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament being set, both Sam and Chris discuss the brackets. From NBA prospects in DeAndre Ayton of Arizona; Trae Young of Oklahoma; and Marvin Bagley of Duke. They go into detail on how the first-round of the tournament will unfold and if there are any nail-biting games which could lead

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with CLNS founding member, Jared Weiss from over at CelticsWire about the terrific Celtics-Rockets game on Saturday night. What makes the Rockets such a tough guard night-in, night-out, particularly when they close games? How does Clint Capela make such an impact even on a night where he doesn’t score? What did

Sam Vecenie and Cole Zwicker discuss how the 76ers have progressed over the years due to their “Trust The Process” campaign. Which led to seasons of which the team was the lop of the lottery. Now the team has one of the brighter futures across the league. Also, discuss the streaking Washington Wizards as. they’ve

Sam Vecenie and Cole Zwicker discuss the talk around Oklahoma freshman guard Trae Young. He’s somewhat come back to earth as he hasn’t been playing lights out in comparison to what he did earlier in the season. With Young’s play somewhat fizzling, many have begun to nitpick and question the legitimacy of his game. Is he

The latest episode of with Sam Vecenie and Danny Leroux talks about their big experience during the NBA All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, California. It was the sixth time the city of Los Angeles hosted the All-Star weekend, which is an NBA record as the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers played as the host teams.

In this episode, Sam is joined by friend of the program Dieter Kurtenbach to chat about what went down on NBA Trade Deadline day, an afternoon ruled by the Cleveland Cavaliers trading half of their roster. How much better did Cleveland get? Did they establish themselves as the favorite of the Eastern Conference? Can they

In this episode, Sam has his weekly podcast with Cole Zwicker, where the two of them chat about some of the news that’s happened in the NBA in recent days. First, they break down the sadness that is the Kristaps Porzingis left ACL tear. Why does he keep getting left-side injuries? How good has he

Reunited once again, the duo of Cole and Sam discuss the significance of Greg Monroe signing with the Boston Celtics and what he can bring to the team. Along with the movement of Monroe heading east to the Celtics, both discuss Nikola Mirotic heading west to the New Orleans Pelicans and teaming up with Anthony

  Sam Vecenie of the college basketball branch of The Athletic and Dan Feldman of NBC Sports, discuss the varying topics surrounding the NBA. Throughout the podcast, Dan will discuss his bewilderment with the situation between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs, as he thought he’d be the safest one to stay in a


In this episode, Sam chats with Rob Dauster from over at NBC Sports and does something a little bit different. Typically, he has people on who scout college basketball solely for the purpose of breaking them down as NBA prospects. Instead, in this episode, Sam chats with Rob about NBA Draft prospects from the perspective

In this episode, Sam Vecenie has two markedly different discussions. First, he chats with former NBA scouting director and current President of TPG Sports Group Pete Philo about the Ball family over in Lithuania. Pete has been to Lithuania on over 50 scouting trips, and is as much an expert on the area as anyone

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with good friend of the program Cole Zwicker, where they finally do what they’ve been foreshadowing for the last two months: argue about Marvin Bagley III. Vecenie gives the case for Bagley, and why he’s worthy of a top-three pick in the draft. Cole gives the case against him

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Michael Pina from over at Vice Sports about three different topics. First, we chat Cavs -Celtics from Wednesday night, and then do a deep dive on each team. What do they think of Cleveland? How did the Isaiah Thomas addition the night before against Portland affect them? Do we trust

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats about the LA Lakers’ organizational situation, the Kentucky-Louisville game, and Luka Doncic. First, Trevor Lane of Lakers Nation comes on to chat about the Lakers. Particularly, Lane and Vecenie chat about Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson, and the strange situations involving both of them. Are the Lakers doing the

In this episode, I chat with Jared Weiss of CelticsWire and CLNS about the Christmas Day NBA games, and each team involved. We talk about them in the order they’ll be played: Sixers-Knicks, Warriors-Cavs, Wizards-Celtics, Rockets-Thunder, and Wolves-Lakers. A nice, extended breakdown on each of those teams, plus a bit of fun stuff at the

In this episode, I chat with good friend of the program Dieter Kurtenbach about the Anthony Davis headlines this week, and try to craft fake trades around the Pelicans star if things go south this year (hint: BOSTON). Then, we chat about some of the other potentially available stars around the league, including Marc Gasol,

On this week’s Game Theory Podcast, Sam Vecenie deep dives on an early edition NBA Draft big board. A substantial amount of time was spent on the Celtics and Lakers draft picks.

In this episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Cole Zwicker about two topics. First, we talk about the Celtics. Why has Jayson Tatum been so successful this year? What’s been the difference in his jump shot? How good is Jaylen Brown? What makes Marcus Smart such a special player despite the lack of individual efficiency? Then,

In this episode of the Game Theory Podcast, Sam Vecenie has Danny Leroux on to chat about some of the biggest storylines in the Eastern Conference. Consider it a “researching the enemy show.” Some of the topics: How have the Cavaliers gone on their 11-game win streak? What are the Bucks doing differently since Eric Bledsoe arrived, and is their frontcourt a

Vecenie and Sporting News‘ Chris Stone go deep on Marvin Bagley, Jaren Jackson, Grayson Allen, Miles Bridges, Trevon Duval, Wendell Carter, all of the Kentucky guys, and a few of the Kansas players. Live impressions, what to make of the way they played, the whole nine yards. The audio is just slightly skippy due to recording