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Game Theory Podcast

The Athletic

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Game Theory Podcast

Game Theory Podcast

The Athletic

113
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2.1K
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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.

Latest Episodes

New Home and 2020 NBA Draft Scouting with Matt Pennie

Sam Vecenie is joined by grassroots evaluator Matt Pennie to scout the 2020 NBA Draft. Also, Sam explains the podcast's move to The Athletic's Podcast Network.

64 MIN11 h ago
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New Home and 2020 NBA Draft Scouting with Matt Pennie

The NBA Defense Episode: Evaluating who the best defenders are in the league

In this episode, Sam is joined by Jon Krawczynski and Danny Leroux to break down NBA defensive standouts. On Wednesday, Krawczynski and Josh Robbins published their anonymous coaches poll of who should make the All-NBA defensive team. What did the coaches look for in their conversations with Jon? What were the trends? Did anything surprise them about how the coaches voted? Then, I chat with Danny Leroux, and we chat about what we look for when evaluating defenders as public facing analysts. How do we contextualize scheme? How do we look at effort defensively throughout the regular season? Who are some of the best defenders, and what are some of the differences we'd have with the coaches from taking a league-wide view?

65 MIN1 w ago
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The NBA Defense Episode: Evaluating who the best defenders are in the league

Emoni Bates to MSU; Who are the best prospects in the NBA?

A two-part episode. First, I chat with Brian Snow of 247Sports about Emoni Bates and his decision to commit to Michigan State. How good is Bates? Is he a superstar in waiting? What does this mean for Michigan State? And what do you need to know about when he can enter the NBA? Then, Seth Partnow from The Athletic joins and we break down my recently released 2020 NBA Rookie Scale Prospect Rankings. What is the process for something like this? Where does Seth think I missed? Did I get the top 10 guys right?

62 MIN1 w ago
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Emoni Bates to MSU; Who are the best prospects in the NBA?

What are you most looking forward to in the NBA's return?

Dieter Kurtenbach is back in this episode of the Game Theory Podcast, where we break down a few different topics about the Bubble, about labor strife in baseball, and most importantly: what are we most looking forward to watching when the NBA returns?

72 MIN2 w ago
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What are you most looking forward to in the NBA's return?

Bubble Talk, Kyrie's Player Meeting, and NBA Draft w/ Tony Jones

I chatted with Tony Jones from The Athletic, and we chatted about the Kyrie meeting, the NBA Bubble and restart, and the 2020 NBA Draft.

36 MIN3 w ago
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Bubble Talk, Kyrie's Player Meeting, and NBA Draft w/ Tony Jones

NBA Draft Guards Breakdown with Rashad Phillips

I've wanted to get Rashad Phillips on the podcast to chat for a while, so I got on the phone with him today to chat about some of the guards in the 2020 NBA Draft. We disagree a lot! We both like LaMelo Ball, but have very different evaluations on RJ Hampton. We like Grant Riller, but disagree on Jahmi'us Ramsey. All that and more on all of the guards in the 2020 NBA Draft.

60 MINMAY 27
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NBA Draft Guards Breakdown with Rashad Phillips

NBA Draft Prospects Talk with Matt Babcock

In this episode, I chatted with former NBA agent Matt Babcock from over at Babcock Hoops. We chatted about the top of this draft class, the point guard group, the big men, the weakness of the wing class, and some of the guys you would pound the table for in this class in the second round. We ran through just about everyone in an hour.

56 MINMAY 13
Comments
NBA Draft Prospects Talk with Matt Babcock

NBA's New G League Youth Initiative; The Last Dance; NFL Draft

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach. First, we discuss the G League's initiative to pay high school prospects to turn pro. Why I like the idea of it, but am a bit skeptical going forward. Second, we chat about The Last Dance, and how great it is while also not bringing anything new to the table. Finally, we chat about the NFL Draft for a while, and Dieter yells about SPARQ scores.

87 MINAPR 29
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NBA's New G League Youth Initiative; The Last Dance; NFL Draft

NBA Draft: What do you look for in a prospect with John Hollinger?

In this episode, current senior writer at The Athletic and former Memphis Grizzlies executive John Hollinger and I break down the 2020 NBA Draft. We run through what we look for in prospects, the pre-draft process's value, and break down a lot of the highest profile prospects in the 2020 draft.

59 MINAPR 8
Comments
NBA Draft: What do you look for in a prospect with John Hollinger?

NBA Awards Votes if season ends; Tiger King; NBA Draft stuff

In this episode, actual basketball content! We break down the NBA Awards we would vote for if the season ends today (and it looks like it might). MVP, All-NBA, DPOY, all the good stuff. But we open on a couple of things, including a hilarious scuttled Knicks-Hornets deal, and the sham that is the NCAA's agency accreditation process. Finally, we talk about Tiger King and the Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience, both of which were definitely experiences.

97 MINAPR 1
Comments
NBA Awards Votes if season ends; Tiger King; NBA Draft stuff

Latest Episodes

New Home and 2020 NBA Draft Scouting with Matt Pennie

Sam Vecenie is joined by grassroots evaluator Matt Pennie to scout the 2020 NBA Draft. Also, Sam explains the podcast's move to The Athletic's Podcast Network.

64 MIN11 h ago
Comments
New Home and 2020 NBA Draft Scouting with Matt Pennie

The NBA Defense Episode: Evaluating who the best defenders are in the league

In this episode, Sam is joined by Jon Krawczynski and Danny Leroux to break down NBA defensive standouts. On Wednesday, Krawczynski and Josh Robbins published their anonymous coaches poll of who should make the All-NBA defensive team. What did the coaches look for in their conversations with Jon? What were the trends? Did anything surprise them about how the coaches voted? Then, I chat with Danny Leroux, and we chat about what we look for when evaluating defenders as public facing analysts. How do we contextualize scheme? How do we look at effort defensively throughout the regular season? Who are some of the best defenders, and what are some of the differences we'd have with the coaches from taking a league-wide view?

65 MIN1 w ago
Comments
The NBA Defense Episode: Evaluating who the best defenders are in the league

Emoni Bates to MSU; Who are the best prospects in the NBA?

A two-part episode. First, I chat with Brian Snow of 247Sports about Emoni Bates and his decision to commit to Michigan State. How good is Bates? Is he a superstar in waiting? What does this mean for Michigan State? And what do you need to know about when he can enter the NBA? Then, Seth Partnow from The Athletic joins and we break down my recently released 2020 NBA Rookie Scale Prospect Rankings. What is the process for something like this? Where does Seth think I missed? Did I get the top 10 guys right?

62 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Emoni Bates to MSU; Who are the best prospects in the NBA?

What are you most looking forward to in the NBA's return?

Dieter Kurtenbach is back in this episode of the Game Theory Podcast, where we break down a few different topics about the Bubble, about labor strife in baseball, and most importantly: what are we most looking forward to watching when the NBA returns?

72 MIN2 w ago
Comments
What are you most looking forward to in the NBA's return?

Bubble Talk, Kyrie's Player Meeting, and NBA Draft w/ Tony Jones

I chatted with Tony Jones from The Athletic, and we chatted about the Kyrie meeting, the NBA Bubble and restart, and the 2020 NBA Draft.

36 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Bubble Talk, Kyrie's Player Meeting, and NBA Draft w/ Tony Jones

NBA Draft Guards Breakdown with Rashad Phillips

I've wanted to get Rashad Phillips on the podcast to chat for a while, so I got on the phone with him today to chat about some of the guards in the 2020 NBA Draft. We disagree a lot! We both like LaMelo Ball, but have very different evaluations on RJ Hampton. We like Grant Riller, but disagree on Jahmi'us Ramsey. All that and more on all of the guards in the 2020 NBA Draft.

60 MINMAY 27
Comments
NBA Draft Guards Breakdown with Rashad Phillips

NBA Draft Prospects Talk with Matt Babcock

In this episode, I chatted with former NBA agent Matt Babcock from over at Babcock Hoops. We chatted about the top of this draft class, the point guard group, the big men, the weakness of the wing class, and some of the guys you would pound the table for in this class in the second round. We ran through just about everyone in an hour.

56 MINMAY 13
Comments
NBA Draft Prospects Talk with Matt Babcock

NBA's New G League Youth Initiative; The Last Dance; NFL Draft

In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach. First, we discuss the G League's initiative to pay high school prospects to turn pro. Why I like the idea of it, but am a bit skeptical going forward. Second, we chat about The Last Dance, and how great it is while also not bringing anything new to the table. Finally, we chat about the NFL Draft for a while, and Dieter yells about SPARQ scores.

87 MINAPR 29
Comments
NBA's New G League Youth Initiative; The Last Dance; NFL Draft

NBA Draft: What do you look for in a prospect with John Hollinger?

In this episode, current senior writer at The Athletic and former Memphis Grizzlies executive John Hollinger and I break down the 2020 NBA Draft. We run through what we look for in prospects, the pre-draft process's value, and break down a lot of the highest profile prospects in the 2020 draft.

59 MINAPR 8
Comments
NBA Draft: What do you look for in a prospect with John Hollinger?

NBA Awards Votes if season ends; Tiger King; NBA Draft stuff

In this episode, actual basketball content! We break down the NBA Awards we would vote for if the season ends today (and it looks like it might). MVP, All-NBA, DPOY, all the good stuff. But we open on a couple of things, including a hilarious scuttled Knicks-Hornets deal, and the sham that is the NCAA's agency accreditation process. Finally, we talk about Tiger King and the Unauthorized Bash Brothers Experience, both of which were definitely experiences.

97 MINAPR 1
Comments
NBA Awards Votes if season ends; Tiger King; NBA Draft stuff
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