Game Theory Podcast



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


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

    07/04/2020 Duración: 59min

    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. 

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

    01/04/2020 Duración: 01h37min

    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. 

  • The US coronavirus response is lacking; Basketball Mailbag and Bad Movies

    25/03/2020 Duración: 01h09min

    In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach joins. We went heavy on the US response to the coronavirus epidemic for the first 21 minutes. If you're not interested in listening to complaints about the federal government's response to COVID-19, then skip to the 21:00 mark.  Then, we chat about Josh Harris and the 76ers trying to convince their employees to take a pay cut. And we close out by answering mailbag questions from listeners. Some stuff on the Cavaliers' backcourt, the Warriors offseason, the NBA Draft, and then some thoughts on what the best bad movies are to watch during quarantine. 

  • NBA Draft Re-set as the coronavirus leaves us frozen in time

    19/03/2020 Duración: 01h08min

    In this episode, Chris Stone from The Sporting News joins us to chat about Kansas, its national title banner, and how I want them to do it.  Then, we break down the NBA Draft and Chris and I run through a lot of the prospects. 

  • Coronavirus hits the sports and basketball world

    17/03/2020 Duración: 01h10min

    In this episode, Dieter joins and we talk for some time about coronavirus, the bummer that is the sports world, and what you can watch in the meantime without sports. Oh, and some coaching carousel stuff. 

  • Rockets on fire; Bulls Boot Camp Part Deux; Collin Sexton!

    05/03/2020 Duración: 01h11min

    In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach joins to chat about the Houston Rockets being super fun and enjoyable; the Bulls being a total mess; and Collin Sexton! Collin Sexton is a legitimately good scorer! Oh, and I made Dieter talk with me about the Democratic Primary. 

  • The Bucks should be the clear, No. 1 title contender

    27/02/2020 Duración: 01h02min

    Because it doesn't seem like anyone is talking enough about how the Bucks are one of the literal best teams in NBA history through 58 games, I had The Athletic's Eric Nehm on to break down how exceptional this team is. Why they're so good, and why we should believe in them come title time. 

  • What is going on with the 76ers? with Derek Bodner

    24/02/2020 Duración: 01h04min

    The 76ers remain the most fascinating team in the league to me, so I decided to make Derek Bodner come on and chat about it. He's the most plugged-in person in the market, so if he can't figure it out, no one can, right? We leave no stone unturned, chatting about the Al Horford fit, the Ben Simmons-Joel Embiid fit, the offensive concerns, has the defense been good enough, and finally, the front office's performance. What should the team do? And what should their expectations be the rest of the way?

  • The Clippers, the Lakers, and the Rest of the West Playoff Picture

    22/02/2020 Duración: 01h23min

    In this episode, I'm joined by Jovan Buha from The Athletic, and we chat about the NBA now that we've hit the proverbial "Second Half."  We start on the Brooklyn Nets with news of Kyrie Irving being out for the year. How does this affect the rest of their season? But more importantly, how does this affect their future planning with Kevin Durant coming back soon? Will they make some tough decisions this summer? Then, we move on and break down the Western Conference. We focus for about 35 minutes on the Los Angeles teams, how they match up with one another, what their strengths are, and most importantly what their biggest weaknesses are heading into the playoffs? Also, what do we think of the recent additions of Markieff Morris and Reggie Jackson?  Then we chat about the rest of the West. Which of Utah, Denver or Houston are we worried about most (sorry Denver, who we didn't talk enough about)? Which of Oklahoma City or Dallas is the team you want to play the least? Which team gets the No. 8 seed? Also, shout o

  • College Basketball Reset! Also, All-Star Game and John Beilein

    17/02/2020 Duración: 01h42min

    In this episode, Jim Root from the Three Man Weave joins, and we start with All-Star weekend, breaking down what we thought of the increase competitiveness of the event this year.  Then, we move to John Beilein, chatting about why this thing didn't work, why I don't expect him to coach the Cavs again, and what could happen with him next? Then we get into the main portion of the episode, talking about the entire college basketball season. Why is the talent level down in college basketball? Are there any great teams? Which teams do we trust most? We talk about almost all of the best teams in the country. We talk about the national player of the year race and who the best players in the country are (including my spiel on Luka Garza).  Then, we close on the five players we like to watch most in college basketball this year, in addition to our favorite futures bets to win the national title. 

  • What are the Warriors doing? All-Star Weekend; Oscars!

    14/02/2020 Duración: 57min

    In this episode, I chat with Dieter Kurtenbach. First, I explain where the podcast has been. Then, I chat with Dieter about the Warriors-Timberwolves trade. What are the Warriors doing? Where are they going from here? Then we chat about All-Star weekend. And finish on the Oscars, and my excitement about Parasite winning. 

  • NBA Draft Prospects from a college perspective and thoughts on Kobe

    29/01/2020 Duración: 01h33min

    In this episode, I get with Rob Dauster over at NBC Sports and we chat about a few different topics. We open with 15 minutes on Kobe Bryant, then we move on to discuss Coach K yelling at the Duke fans like a crazy person because it's hilarious.  Finally, we spend the majority of the podcast talking about prospects. Who has impressed Rob? What do we think of Anthony Edwards? What do we think of Memphis' guys? Of guys like Saddiq Bey, Daniel Oturu, and the players at Gonzaga? All that and a lot more. 

  • Who should make the 2020 NBA All-Star game?

    22/01/2020 Duración: 01h02min

    In this episode, I'm joined by Dieter Kurtenbach, where we chat about who should make the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. We run through in categories and by conference. We say who the No-Doubters are, the very likely guys, and the wild cards who could crash the party. Then we chat a bit about movies, about the Oscars, and about the Baseball Hall of Fame at the end. 

  • Celtics and Jazz are fun; Kyrie goes Kyrie for the first time in Brooklyn

    17/01/2020 Duración: 01h07min

    In this episode, I'm joined by Michael Pina from SB Nation, the Winning Plays Podcast, and the Open Floor podcast.  We chatted about a few things. First we hit quickly on the Atlanta-Minnesota deal at the top. Then, we chatted about Kyrie Irving making comments about what he thinks is or is not the future core of the Nets roster, and why naming names is never a good idea.  Then, we move to Boston, and chat about why Boston has been so good this year.  And finally, we close on Utah, who is on a fun little winning run here largely centered around Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, and moving Joe Ingles into the starting lineup. 

  • Is the NBA Media Biased? Also, Clemson-LSU, Oscars, Aaron Rodgers and more

    15/01/2020 Duración: 01h26min

    In this episode, Dieter Kurtenbach is back, and we really run the gamut of sports. We talk Green Bay-San Francisco, then Clemson-LSU and Dabo Swinney.  Then, we move into the meat of the episode, where we discuss if the NBA Media is Biased toward big markets.  Finally, we chat about the Oscars. Or rather, I talk about the Oscars and Dieter nods along in agreement. 

  • Drummond on the move? CP3 is still awesome; 76ers and trades

    03/01/2020 Duración: 01h08min

    In this episode, Danny Leroux joins the podcast and we chat about Andre Drummond and Chris Paul. First, we break down Andre Drummond potentially moving on from Detroit, particularly potentially to Atlanta. Then, we chat about Drummond and Detroit and whether or not Detroit should do it?  Then, we chat about Chris Paul, and Chris Paul's start to the season. Should he be an all-star? And should he be on the trade market? And why is Philadelphia the best spot? 

  • The NBA Trade Market Reset: what potential moves are out there?

    22/12/2019 Duración: 01h31min

    In this episode, Cole Zwicker and I run through the NBA Trade Market. What are the biggest potential deals on the market? What are our favorite ones that could be under the radar, but could help NBA teams and contenders improve? We run through nearly every team in the league at some point in a free-flowing conversation that goes a lot of different directions

  • Ayton Returns; Clippers Are Good; NBA Draft News

    19/12/2019 Duración: 01h13min

    In this episode, Cole and I break down a few different things. First, Deandre Ayton returned to action against the Clippers last night, so we stop and break down the game. Then, we chat about the Clippers and their overall play this year, particularly since Paul George has been back.  We close on NBA Draft news. We chat about LaMelo Ball's injury, Cole Anthony's injury, R.J. Hampton's injury, Myles Powell's injury, then move on to some sleeper guys we like, including Spencer Jones. Payton Pritchard, Robert Woodard, Kaleb Wesson, Mason Jones, Joel Ayayi  

  • NBA Draft Big Board Update where Cole asks the Questions

    15/12/2019 Duración: 01h16min

    In this episode, I chat with Cole Zwicker, except the typical format of the podcast gets turned on its head. Cole gets to ask me the questions this time, about my overall opinions on this draft class, some format and philosophy questions on the draft, and more. We talk about the Race for No.1, some sleepers, and some more interesting players across the board. 

  • NBA Surprises Through The First Quarter

    12/12/2019 Duración: 01h05min

    Cole Zwicker and Sam discuss some of the fun early-season stories, including Davis Bertans and Washington, Devonte Graham and PJ Washington, the Spurs being bad, and more. 

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