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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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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.

    College Basketball Draft: Making teams out of the best players in CBB to win a game tomorrow; Mailbag, Prospects

    College Basketball Draft: Making teams out of the best players in CBB to win a game tomorrow; Mailbag, Prospects

    In this episode, Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie where they draft college hoops. Particularly, if you had to win a game tomorrow, who would you pick in college hoops? We dive deep, and select eight players each that we would use to fill out a lineup and bench. Team Pennie vs. Team Vecenie: Who You Got?
    Also, we do a mailbag section with questions on Christian Braun, most shocking NBA Draft picks we can remember, the player ranked in the 20s most likely to become a lottery pick, and the worst movie we've seen. Also, Game Theory Prospects of the Week: Mark Williams from Duke, and Iverson Molinar from Mississippi State.
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    • 1 hr 21 min
    2022 NBA Draft Mock Draft, 2.0: Sam Vecenie and Matt Pennie Deep Dive on the Top-30 Prospects in the Class

    2022 NBA Draft Mock Draft, 2.0: Sam Vecenie and Matt Pennie Deep Dive on the Top-30 Prospects in the Class

    It's that time of the month! It's Mock Draft SZN. In this episode, Matt Pennie and Sam Vecenie trade off picks, deep diving into the 2022 NBA Draft. We deep dive into players like Jabari Smith, Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren, Jaden Ivey, Johnny Davis, Keegan Murray, TyTy Washington, Blake Wesley, Ochai Agbaji, Dyson Daniels, Jaden Hardy, and plenty others as we run through 30 picks over two hours.
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    • 2 hrs 10 min
    MIDSEASON NBA AWARDS: Game Theory Podcast hands out MVP, DPOY, COY, All-NBA, others with Fred Katz

    MIDSEASON NBA AWARDS: Game Theory Podcast hands out MVP, DPOY, COY, All-NBA, others with Fred Katz

    Fred Katz joins Sam Vecenie to hand out some Game Theory midseason NBA hardware! Fred joins and we run give out our ballots for MVP, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Rookie of the Year, Most Improved, and Sixth Man of the Year, while also doing All-NBA and All-Defense at the end.
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    2019 NBA Draft Re-Draft! Former Bucks exec Seth Partnow joins to break down how the 2019 draft SHOULd have gone down

    2019 NBA Draft Re-Draft! Former Bucks exec Seth Partnow joins to break down how the 2019 draft SHOULd have gone down

    Seth Partnow joins Sam Vecenie to re-draft the 2019 NBA Draft! Should Ja Morant have gone No. 1 overall, or Zion Williamson? Is Darius Garland a future all-star? Tyler Herro or Jordan Poole? R.J. Barrett or De'Andre Hunter? How has this draft gone so poorly in terms of providing value thus far? What happened?
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    • 1 hr 12 min
    NBA Rookies; Evan Mobley! Scottie Barnes! Franz! Cade! Plus, Mailbag and Prospects of the Week! with Matt Pennie

    NBA Rookies; Evan Mobley! Scottie Barnes! Franz! Cade! Plus, Mailbag and Prospects of the Week! with Matt Pennie

    Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie on the show this week to break down the NBA's rookie class at the midway point of the 2021-22 NBA season. They start with asking the simple question: who has been the best rookie in the 2021-22 NBA rookie class? They talk Evan Mobley, Scottie Barnes, Jalen Green, Jalen Suggs, Cade Cunningham, Franz Wagner, Josh Giddey and plenty more.
    Then, they answer mailbag questions, including ones on Keegan Murray and EJ Liddell, Johnny Davis and the best prospect games we've seen this year, and freshmen who are having a tough season. Finally, they recognize prospects of the week, Dereon Seabron and Kellan Grady.
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    • 1 hr 49 min
    The Celtics are a mess; Who is the best wing in the 2022 NBA Draft?; Prospects of the Week; Mailbag with Matt Pennie

    The Celtics are a mess; Who is the best wing in the 2022 NBA Draft?; Prospects of the Week; Mailbag with Matt Pennie

    In this episode, Matt Pennie joins Sam Vecenie after a stint in the health and safety protocols.
    First, they spend 20 minutes chatting about the Boston Celtics. Why are they a mess? What can they do to fix it? How should they go about building this roster long-term?
    Then, they move to 2022 NBA Draft Wings. First, they break down who they believe to be the top wing in the 2022 NBA Draft, a conversation about Arizona's Benn Mathurin and Baylor's Kendall Brown. Next, they break down a bunch of other wings, including Johnny Davis, AJ Griffin, Ochai Agbaji, MarJon Beauchamp, Trevor Keels, Blake Wesley, Bryce McGowens and Max Christie, Peyton Watson, Caleb Houstan, Harrison Ingram, and more.
    They close with the Game Theory Prospects of the Week, Aminu Mohammed and Tari Eason; And finally, with draft mailbag questions, including stuff on the Cleveland Cavaliers vs the Memphis Grizzlies; Jonathan Kuminga; and Analytics in Draft Analysis.
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    • 1 hr 50 min

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