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Hardwood Knocks is a totally, completely, wholly lit basketball podcast in which Bleacher Report's Adam Fromal and Dan Favale analyze the ins, outs, ups, downs and heck, even diagonals of the NBA.

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Hardwood Knocks is a totally, completely, wholly lit basketball podcast in which Bleacher Report's Adam Fromal and Dan Favale analyze the ins, outs, ups, downs and heck, even diagonals of the NBA.

    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Dallas Mavericks

    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Dallas Mavericks

    Dan is joined by Kirk Henderson (@KirkSeriousFace) from Mavs Moneyball to discuss the ins and out of the 2022-23 Dallas Mavericks. They get into how much the team will miss Jalen Brunson, the defensive identity, lineups and rotations, whether the offense can play faster, Christian Wood's fit and MUCH more. TIMESTAMPS⬇️
    0:30 - INTRO
    2:33 - Jalen Brunson's exit
    5:00 - Should they have been more aggressive over the offseason?
    6:48 - The Luka Doncic-Spencer Dinwiddie 
    8:54 - Luka Doncic starting strong?
    10:28 - The Josh Green experience
    12:46 - Will Jaden Hardy play a role as a rookie?/Figuring out the secondary ball-handling
    19:01 - Expectations for Christian Wood
    23:38 - The impact of JaVale McGee
    26:32 - Will the Mavs play two bigs a bunch?
    29:38 - Is Dallas still a top-10 defense?
    31:22 - Can the Mavericks get out in transition more?
    34:06 - Do the Mavs have any underrated strengths?
    35:57 - Are the Mavs a team to watch at the trade deadline?
    39:38 - The 10-man rotation
    40:51 - Go-to crunch-time unit
    42:17 - Weirdo lineups we want to see
    43:47 - Over/under predictions, Where do the Mavericks stand in the Western Conference?

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    • 52 min
    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: New Orleans Pelicans

    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: New Orleans Pelicans

    Dan is joined by Shamit Dua (@FearTheBrown) of Boot Krewe Media and the In the N.O. podcast (@InTheNOPod) for a deep dive into the 2022-23 New Orleans Pelicans. They discuss the return of Zion Williamson, how he'll fit with CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram, the defensive identity of the Pelicans, the development of Trey Murphy III and Dyson Daniels, New Orleans' 10-man rotation, fun lineups and MUCH MORE. TIMESTAMPS⬇️
    0:30 - INTRO
    1:53 - The vibes in New Orleans are, in fact, immaculate
    6:15 - Zion Williamson's next step
    9:45 - The Zion-CJ-McCollum-Brandon Ingram Dynamic
    18:20 - Extensions for CJ McCollum/Larry Nance Jr.
    25:08 - What's next for Herb Jones?
    27:08 - How good is Trey Murphy?
    31:28 - Rookie-year expectations for Dyson Daniels
    36:10 - Does Jaxson Hayes still fit with this team?
    41:30 - Roles for Devonte' Graham and Jose Alvarado
    41:58 - The future of Kira Lewis Jr.
    46:26 - Defensive identity and ceiling?
    50:56 - Underrated strengths/weaknesses
    54:51 - The 10-man rotation
    56:13 - Go-to crunch-time lineup
    1:00:29 - Weirdo lineups we want to see
    1:02:29 - Over/under predictions, Where do the Pelicans land in the West?

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    Reacting to the 2022-23 NBA Survey

    Reacting to the 2022-23 NBA Survey

    Dan reacts to the 2022-23 NBA GM survey that was released on Tuesday, October 4. And yes, he has qualms. Like, WHO THE HELL VOTED ANDREW WIGGINS FOR THE BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER IN THE NBA?!? TIMESTAMPS⬇️
    0:30 - INTRO/HARDWOOD KNOCKS UPDATE
    3:32 - The 2022-23 NBA GM Survey
    4:09 - 2022-23 NBA Finals prediction, Western and Eastern Conference standings
    6:06 - 2022-23 NBA MVP Prediction
    7:11 - Who would you start an NBA franchise with?
    7:51 - Which player forces opposing coaches to make the most adjustments?
    9:19 - Which NBA player is most likely to have a breakout season?
    13:16 - Best point guard in the NBA
    13:25 - Best shooting guard in the NBA
    13:54 - Best small forward in the NBA
    14:30 - Best power forward in the NBA
    14:40 - Best center in the NBA
    15:28 - Most popular "Best at this position" vote
    15:47 - Which team made the best overall moves this offseason?
    19:10 - Which one player acquisition will have the biggest impact on his new NBA team?
    20:32 - Most underrated player acquisition over the NBA offseason
    22:38 - Most improved NBA team in 2022-23
    24:56 - Most surprising move of the NBA offseason
    27:21 - Who will win NBA Rookie of the Year in 2022-23?
    28:18 - Which 2022-23 NBA rookie will be the bests player in five years?
    29:45 - Which rookie was the biggest steal in the 2022 NBA draft?
    30:47 - Best international NBA player
    31:30 - Best international player NOT in the NBA
    32:07 - Best defensive player in the NBA
    33:01 - Best perimeter defender in the NBA
    34:29 - Best interior defender in the NBA
    35:10 - Most versatile defender in the NBA
    35:57 - Best defensive team in the NBA
    36:45 - Best head coach in the NBA
    37:28 - Which NBA head coach is the best motivator/manager of people?
    38:26 - Which NBA head coach makes the best in-game adjustments?
    39:02 - Which NBA head coach runs the best offense?
    40:31 - Which NBA head coach has the best defensive schemes?
    41:03 - Which new or relocated NBA head coach will make the most impact on his new team?
    41:52 - Who's the best assistant coach in the NBA?
    42:00 - Which active NBA player will make the best head coach someday?
    43:58 - Which NBA team is the most fun to watch?
    44:30 - Which NBA team has the best home-court advantage?
    45:08 - Which NBA team will have the league's most efficient offense this season?
    45:58 - Which NBA team's level of success is toughest to predict this season?
    47:07 - Which NBA team has the most promising young core?
    47:35 - Which NBA player is the most athletic?
    48:05 - Which NBA player is the best pure shooter?
    48:10 - Which NBA player is the fastest with the ball?
    48:26 - Which NBA player is the best moving without the ball?
    48:47 - Which NBA player is the best passer?
    49:16 - Which NBA player is the best leader?
    49:40 - Who's the most versatile player in the NBA?
    50:10 - Which NBA player has the highest IQ?
    53:26 - Which NBA player would you want taking a shot with the game on the line?
    51:38 - What NBA rule most needs to change? 

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    • 53 min
    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Miami Heat

    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Miami Heat

    Dan is joined by Allana Tachauer (@AllanaTachauer) from Five Reasons Sports to cannonball into the 2022-23 Miami Heat. They discuss the Tyler Herro extension and his development, the next step for Bam Adebayo, P.J. Tucker's departure, Victor Oladipo's role, Jimmy Butler, the rotation, trade targets and MUCH more. TIMESTAMPS⬇️
    0:30 - INTRO
    4:55 - Tyler Herro extension/His next step
    11:48 - Offseason impressions
    14:09 - The loss of P.J. Tucker/His replacement
    19:12 - Trade targets at 3/4
    22:16 - Duncan Robinson's role
    25:58 - The value of Victor Oladipo
    28:34 - Who starts at the 2?
    31:32 - How Bam Adebayo can get better
    34:56 - THREE IMPORTANT JIMMY BUTLER QUESTIONS
    39:07 - Concerned about Kyle Lowry?
    44:08 - Actual roles for Omer Yurtseven and Nikola Jovic?!?
    46:16 - Biggest roster concerns
    48:17 - Underrated strengths of the roster
    49:18 - Building a 10-man rotation
    50:21 - Go-to crunch-time lineup
    51:39 - Weirdo lineups we want to see
    52:50 - Over/under predictions, Where do the Heat rank in the East

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    • 56 min
    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Indiana Pacers

    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Indiana Pacers

    Dan is joined by Caitlin Cooper (@C2_Cooper), the resident GOAT at Indy Cornrows, to break down the short- and long-term future of the Indiana Pacers. How can Tyrese Haliburton take the next step? Is Isaiah Jackson a point guard now? Will Bennedict Mathurin play a big role in Year 1? Do we finally get a Myles Turner trade? Can Indiana defend without true wings? They touch on all this, construct a 10-man rotation and MUCH more. TIMESTAMPS⬇️
    0:30 - INTRO
    2:40 - Offseason impressions/The Deandre Ayton pursuit
    6:22 - Myles Turner trade murmurings
    11:55 - How will the Pacers use Myles Turner?
    15:52 - Expectations for Tyrese Haliburton
    22:52 - Bennedict Mathurin
    26:27 - Jalen Smith
    28:46 - Isaiah Jackson on the ball?!?
    31:52 - Next step for Chris Duarte
    35:22 - Offensive identity
    38:57 - The wing depth
    42:07 - Building a 10-man rotation, Who gets squeezed out of the rotation?
    46:33 - Defensive identity
    50:42 - Measuring progress of the rebuild
    57:17 - Go-to crunch-time lineup
    59:00 - Weirdo lineups we want to see
    1:01:32 - Over/under prediction, Where do the Pacers land in the East?
    1:07:36 - Popsicle Power Rankings

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Portland Trail Blazers

    2022-23 NBA Lookaheads: Portland Trail Blazers

    Dan is joined by Tara Bowen-Biggs (@tcbbiggs) from the We Have A Take Podcast (@wehaveatake) for a deeeeeeep dive into the 2022-23 Portland Trail Blazers. They discuss the team's biggest offseason additions in Jerami Grant and Gary Payton II, along with the extension and future for Damian Lillard. After that, they get into Anfernee Simons' development, the importance of Jusuf Nurkic, the rotation, lineup, predictions and MUCH more! TIMESTAMPS⬇️
    0:30 - INTRO
    3:39 - Offseason impressions
    6:25 - Chauncey Billups
    10:26 - The direction
    14:36 - Damian Lillard's return from injury
    17:45 add
    19:46 - The impact of Jerami Grant/His fit with Jusuf Nurkic
    25:01 - Gary Payton II's fit
    29:13 - How tall is Anfernee Simons REALLY?
    29:56 - Where has Anfernee Simons improved?, His partnership with Dame
    35:00 - How much will Shadeon Sharpe play?
    39:08 - The fifth starter
    39:36 - The importance Nassir Little
    40:58 - Expectations for Jusuf Nurkic
    45:55 - Secondary center rotation, Roles for Trendon Watford and Jabari Walker
    49:10 - Preparing for a different style
    51:04 - Roster concerns
    53:36 - Building a 10-man rotation, Justise Winslow's role, Greg Brown III
    58:02 - Weirdo lineups we want to see
    1:01:06 - Go-to crunch-time lineup
    1:06:53 - Over/under predictions, Where do the Blazers stack up in the West
    1:09:40 - Blazers player pet sleuthing!

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    • 1 hr 13 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

LeighTheKnicksFan ,

Amazing stuff

One of the best basketball podcasts

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Great informative NBA podcast!

Love the show guys, keep it up

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Great podcast

I listen on my way into work. Keep up the great work!

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