Game Theory Podcast



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


  • NBA News; Udoka Suspended; Bogdanovic to Detroit; Jae Crowder Trade Request; McCollum/Wade Extensions; Mailbag

    26/09/2022 Duração: 01h23min

    Adam Spinella joins the show to dive deep into some NBA news and notes. First, we chat briefly about the Ime Udoka suspension in Boston. Then, we move to the Bojan Bogdanovic trade to Detroit, and why more teams should be willing to make moves like this. Then, we jump into Jae Crowder's trade request, and the C.J. McCollum and Dean Wade extensions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Previewing the College Basketball Season with 3 Man Weave; NPOY odds, Title Contenders, more!

    24/09/2022 Duração: 01h17min

    In this episode, I chat with the 3 Man Weave, our favorite college basketball analysts here at the show, to break down the upcoming season in conjunction with the release of The Almanac, a new college basketball online magazine that will go on sale next week. We chat in-depth about the changing tides within college basketball and whether the changes are good. How college basketball has continued to stylistically diverge from the NBA, and why we're cool with that. And then we get into teams. Who are our title favorites? Who are the best forthcoming teams? Who are the most underrated teams? What coach do we trust most when it comes to in-game adjustments and getting the most out of his team? In this year of the big, who is the best one? Who is the most underrated one? Who will break out? Which teams are we most interested in seeing perform this year? And finally, our favorites for national player of the year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • NBA Prospect Wars! Barnes or Ant? Franz or Jabari? Zion or Mobley? Plus, Wembanyama Offensive Breakout Breakdown

    21/09/2022 Duração: 01h27min

    Adam Spinella joins Sam Vecenie to do two things. First, we break down what was the best Victor Wembanyama offensive game that I've seen, a 34-point early season game against Hapoel Holon. We explain the context behind the game, and explain what made us so excited about Wembanyama's terrific performance.  Then, we do what might end up being a new segment on the podcast for an hour: Prospect Wars. After a fun tweet from Nate Jones asking who would you take long-term between Anthony Edwards and Scottie Barnes, Spins and Sam came up with five other matchups that would be fun to dive into and breakdown, answering the question: who would you rather have long-term between these two players: Anthony Edwards vs Scottie Barnes Tyrese Maxey vs Tyrese Haliburton Evan Mobley vs Zion Williamson Franz Wagner Vs Jabari Smith Desmond Bane vs Josh Giddey Keegan Murray vs Pat Williams Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • NBA Eastern Conference Win Total Over/Unders with Robby Kalland

    19/09/2022 Duração: 01h45min

    It's time for one of our favorite yearly episodes here on the podcast, our win total over/unders with Robby Kalland. Using BetMGM's odds, we chat with Robby and dive deep into every NBA team's over/under win total in the Eastern Conference. We also make it abundantly clear which ones we actually like, and the other ones that we will stay completely and utterly away from because they're good numbers. Hawks: 46.5 Celtics: 56.5 Nets: 51.5 Cavs: 47.5 Hornets: 36.5 Bulls: 44.5 Pistons: 28.5 Pacers: 24.5 Heat: 49.5 Bucks: 53.5 Knicks: 39.5 Magic: 26.5 76ers: 50.5 Raptors: 46.5 Wizards: 35.5 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • NBA Western Conference Win Total Over/Unders; Robert Sarver Suspension

    17/09/2022 Duração: 01h51min

    It's time for one of our favorite yearly episodes here on the podcast, our win total over/unders with Robby Kalland. Using BetMGM's odds, we chat with Robby and dive deep into every NBA team's over/under win total in the Western Conference. We also make it abundantly clear which ones we actually like, and the other ones that we will stay completely and utterly away from because they're good numbers. But before we do that, we spend 25 minutes breaking down why the NBA's decision to fine and suspend Robert Sarver for one year is insufficient. Here are our numbers that we used for the over/unders. Mavericks: 48.5 Nuggets: 50.5 Warriors: 53.5 Rockets: 23.5 Clippers: 51.5 Lakers: 45.5 Grizzlies: 49.5 Timberwolves: 48.5 Pelicans: 45.5 Thunder: 23.5 Suns: 53.5 Blazers: 39.5 Spurs: 23.5 Kings: 34.5 Jazz: 24.5 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • NBA Preseason Awards Odds Breakdown: Diving Deep into Betting numbers for MVP, DPOY, MIP, 6MOY, ROY with Cole Huff!

    15/09/2022 Duração: 01h39min

    Cole Huff sometimes lets the people forget that he was a professional basketball player, but he's now a writer for The Athletic and a variety of other platforms. He chats with Sam about NBA Awards odds coming into this preseason. MVP, Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, and Sixth Man of the Year are all covered, with some thoughts on who we think is going to have a killer year entering the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Part 2: Bronny James is UNDERRATED; Mark Cuban wants to expand the NBA Draft, is that realistic? Mailbag, including Giannis/Skill Discussion

    13/09/2022 Duração: 01h28min

    In the second part of this two-part episode, Sam is joined by Coach Spins and they chat about a couple of topics. First, they chat about Bronny James, and why they think he is actually underrated as a player. Colleges should take a really strong look if he's serious about considering that pathway. Then, Mark Cuban suggested adding a third and fourth round to the NBA Draft. Adam and Sam break down what that would look like, and whether or not we think it's possible or even likely. Also, how would can you make it work if the decision comes down in order to make it work? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • 2023 NBA Draft Thoughts, Part 1: Scoot vs. Vic Matchup Preview! Mega vs. OTE, Thompson Twins vs. Djurisic Breakdown

    12/09/2022 Duração: 01h16min

    The first part of a two-part NBA Draft-centric episode! In this first part, Spins and I chat about the forthcoming Scoot Henderson vs. Victor Wembanyama matchup that has been set for October 4/6 in Las Vegas. What should we be looking for in this game? When was the last time we saw this kind of 1 vs. 2 matchup in the preseason? A deep dive into an incredibly fun NBA Draft matchup. Then, we break down this past week's OTE vs. Mega matchup in Serbia that saw three potential first round picks face off against one another. Amen and Ausar Thompson for OTE vs. Nikola Djurisic for Mega. Who played well? Who showcased some small concerns about their games? What did we take away from what might be the most important scouting game of the season for the Thompson twins? Finally, we take some questions, including answering "Should the Lakers do a Buddy Hield-Myles Turner deal or a Bojan Bogdanovic and Mike Conley deal?" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • How many Basketball Hall of Famers are playing in the NBA in 2022?

    05/09/2022 Duração: 02h09min

    In this episode, in conjunction with the Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremony this coming weekend, Adam Spinella joins Sam Vecenie to break down how many Hall of Famers are currently in the NBA in 2022. We dive deep into some of the weirder, stranger cases like Kyle Lowry, some of the more strangely polarizing ones like Dwight Howard, and some of the future stars and what they'd have to do in order to reach that standard, such as Trae Young, Donovan Mitchell and others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Donovan Mitchell traded to Cleveland! Sexton, Lauri, Agbaji and picks to Utah! What does this mean for the Knicks?

    02/09/2022 Duração: 01h08min

    In this episode, Adam Spinella joins Sam Vecenie and they break down everything to do with the blockbuster NBA trade that sent Donovan Mitchell to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Collin Sexton, Ochai Agbaji, as well as Cleveland's 2025, 2027, and 2029 unprotected first round picks in addition to pick swaps in 2026 and 2028. Is this too much for Mitchell? Should Cleveland be going all in at this point? Is Cleveland now a top-three team in the East? Where does this leave Utah? And where does it leave the Knicks after the RJ Barrett extension earlier this week? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Who has the BEST young core in the Western Conference? Grizzlies, Pelicans, Thunder, Rockets?

    29/08/2022 Duração: 02h04min

    In this episode, I chat with Adam Spinella and we break down the young cores in the Western Conference. In this episode, we dive deep into the Grizzlies, Warriors, Rockets, Thunder, Spurs, Wolves, Pelicans and others. Then we chat a bit about cooking and movies, and we call it at a brief two hours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Chet Holmgren out for year! PatBev Traded for Talen Horton-Tucker! KD Stays in Brooklyn!

    26/08/2022 Duração: 54min

    Alex Schiffer from The Athletic joins the show to break down a few things. First, Chet Holmgren is out for the season and we are sad. Then, we chat about the Patrick Beverley for Talen Horton-Tucker trade, and why it makes sense for everyone across the board. Finally, we chat about Alex's area of expertise, with Kevin Durant deciding to stay in Brooklyn instead of continuing to seek a trade. We are actually, genuinely excited for this Brooklyn Nets team! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Who has the BEST young core in the Eastern Conference? Pacers, Magic, Cavs, Pistons, Raptors? Someone else?

    23/08/2022 Duração: 01h31min

    In this episode, I chat with Adam Spinella about who has the best young core in the Eastern Conference. We dive deep into the Magic, Pistons, Cavaliers, and Pacers, as well as chat a bit about the Raptors, Wizards, Hawks, Hornets, and others. We break down all of the young guys on those teams, then decide which core we'd most want to build around moving forward. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • LeBron James Extends Contract; What do Lakers do now with Russell Westbrook, roster?

    21/08/2022 Duração: 01h03min

    The Athletic's Jovan Buha joins the show and we break down where the Lakers stand now in the offseason. LeBron James has signed his extension. Russell Westbrook is still on the roster. Where does the team go from here? What does the team's current closing lineup look like? Where do they sit in the Western Conference hierarchy? All that and more for one of the most fascinating, active teams in the league with one of the people who knows the Lakers best. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Do Recruiting Rankings Matter? Team-Building in New College Basketball Era! Mailbag!

    18/08/2022 Duração: 01h29min

    Adam Spinella AKA Coach Spins joins and we chat about a few different team-building constructs within college basketball. First, we ask the question: Do recruiting rankings matter? We discuss the ways in which they're dissected and talk about what matters and what doesn't within them. Then, we chat about team-building in general in college basketball today. Do you focus on the transfer portal or recruiting? How does NIL factor in at this point? How should coaches worry about continuity versus flexibility with roster spots? A lot of complicated factors heading into basketball at this point. Then we do a mailbag, and prospects of the week, including a rant about the Pittsburgh Pirates. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Game Theory News with Matt Pennie! KD-to-Celtics rumors, GG Jackson-to-South Carolina with Adam Spinella

    30/07/2022 Duração: 01h01min

    In this episode, Matt Pennie joins the show for the FINAL time and we explain what's going on and what has prompted this sad change. Additionally, we announce the new addition to the Game Theory family, Adam Spinella of Coach Spins fame! Then, I bring Coach Spins in, and we talk about two things: first, we focus on the Kevin Durant to the Celtics rumor that emerged early this week. Then, we dive into G.G. Jackson's decision to reclassify and attend South Carolina for the 2022-23 season, thus making him eligible for the 2023 NBA Draft. What is his game? How valuable does he project to be in the SEC this season? And why we both really love his defense. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Should the Knicks go all-in for Donovan Mitchell? What happens next with Russell Westbrook? with Fred Katz

    21/07/2022 Duração: 01h26min

    This episode is focused on two topics: Donovan Mitchell and Russell Westbrook. Fred Katz has covered both of these topics extensively, so he joins to dive in. First, we chat about Mitchell and how the Jazz-Knicks trade talks are probably a bit more complicated than they would appear on first glance. Then, we focus on a simple question: should the Knicks be willing to go all-in for Mitchell? Our second topic is Russell Westbrook, a fascinating conversation about a player who, for my money, has been the most interesting NBA player of his era. Inscrutable and non-communicative, yet undeniably productive, Russ has now been moved around a ton and just recently parted ways with his long-time agent. Where does Russ's career go from here? Should it continue with the Lakers, or go on elsewhere? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Summer League Rookie Breakdown! Best player at Summer League? Suns Match Ayton contract with Adam Spinella

    16/07/2022 Duração: 01h14min

    In this episode, Adam Spinella aka Coach Spins from The Box and One joins us to break down a number of NBA things. First, we start for 15 minutes on the Deandre Ayton saga ending, with the Suns matching his max contract extension. Then, we ask the simple question: who has been the best player at Summer League? We both have the same answer. Finally, we break down the rookie class at Summer League, diving deep into who has performed well, with dives into all of the top-six picks as well as a lot of other players. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • 2023 NBA DRAFT LOTTERY prospects Amen and Ausar Thompson from Overtime Elite Break Down their own tape!

    14/07/2022 Duração: 01h03min

    It's a special Game Theory Podcast episode! Potential 2023 lottery picks Amen and Ausar Thompson are here to break down their own tape with Sam Vecenie. First, they introduce themselves to an NBA audience and give a bit of background on themselves and on their games. Then, we dive into tape together, with the Thompson explaining some of their best, most fun highlights of the 2021-22 season! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  • Deandre Ayton fit with Pacers? Donovan Mitchell on move? Murray and Mathurin at Summer League with Caitlin Cooper

    13/07/2022 Duração: 01h12min

    Caitlin Cooper from over at Indy Cornrows and SB Nation joins the show. Caitlin is one of the few people that I think legitimately makes me sound dumb when she talks about basketball, so I had her on to talk about Deandre Ayton, what Phoenix seems to be doing with Ayton, and why the Pacers make a ton of sense if they do indeed decide to give him a restricted free agency offer, as has been reported. Then, we chat a bit about Donovan Mitchell, how all of the Ayton, Mitchell, Kevin Durant stuff could be connected, and how his game fits with a potentially different organization, particularly the Heat and Knicks. Then, we chat a bit about Summer League, including Caitlin's impressions of Benn Mathurin and Keegan Murray. Oh, and some love for two of her favorite players at the end, Tyrese Haliburton and Domantas Sabonis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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