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Matt Ignal

Matt Ignal

Matt Ignal is the staff writer for The Game Theory Podcast w/ Sam Vecenie and a Roundtable panelist on the Boston Celtics Newsfeed on CLNS Radio.  Subscribe to Celtics Newsfeed on iTunes and Stitcher.

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In this episode, Sam answers all of your questions from earlier on Thursday. But before they get into that, he chats with Reags from over at Barstool about two important topics. The first: say you are a head coach of a Division I program and have access to any three coaches in the country to be your assistants. Who would you pick and why? They share their five favorite basketball movies ever (non-documentary edition), and discuss how basketball has really gotten the short end of the stick over the years in Hollywood by breaking down their favorite movies from other sports.  Finally, they answer your questions. Lot of talk about the Big East. Do they think Derrick Rose is a fit in Cleveland (or anywhere)? How does Markelle Fultz rank within the last decade of prospects? Who is the most underrated college basketball player at the low/mid/high-major levels? All that and more in this episode.  Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Reags over at @BarstoolReags on Twitter, and follow Sam at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

In this Game Theory episode, Sam Vecenie is joined by Cole Zwicker who helps break down all of the action at Summer League in Las Vegas. What players stood out in Vegas? What players have struggled? They break down Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, Dennis Smith, Donovan Mitchell, John Collins, and more. Then, they delve deep into the 2016 NBA Draftees, and discuss Brandon Ingram, Kris Dunn, Marquese Chriss, and others. They also chat about some of the undrafted players who are interesting, and some of the older guys in attendance. Finally, they give out some awards, including best rookie, best second year player, and some of the more disappointing guys in attendance.  Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Sam on Twitter at @Sam_Vecenie, and follow Cole @colezwicker.

Sam Vecenie chats with Dieter Kurtenbach about more free agency moves. First, they chat quickly about Gordon Hayward (before his Friday mega pod on him alone), then talk Paul Millsap, Kyle Lowry/Toronto, George Hill/Sacramento, Danilo Gallinari, Dion Waiters, how Kevin Durant can't win in free agency, and some of the other low-level deals that have occurred in the previous three days.  Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the show on iTunes. You can follow Dieter at @dkurtenbach and follow Sam at @Sam_Vecenie on Twitter. Thanks for listening!

NCAA and NBA scout Cole Zwicker (@colezwicker) breaks down Jayson Tatum's potential and Jaylen Brown's progress in advance of Summer League alongside Lucky's Pipe, Matt Ignal, and Jonathan Levy.

0:45 Jayson Tatum's ceiling outcome

6:00 Jayson Tatum's shooting in focus

10:35 Jaylen Brown's progress with the Celtics and Brad Stevens

13:50 How can Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum work together?

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In this Game Theory episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Dieter Kurtenbach about all of the happenings of free agency on Day One. First though, they chat about the Paul George trade (did the Celtics mess up? Is this a Pacers misevaluation?). Then, they chat about the big deals in free agency. What do they make of the Blake Griffin max? How is Jrue Holiday's deal going to play out? Is the J.J. Redick signing our favorite? What do they make of some of the lower level signings? Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. Follow Dieter over at @dkurtenbach on Twitter, and follow Sam at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

In this Roundtable Podcast, NBA Draft Expert Sam Vecenie joins Matt Ignal and Sam Sheehan to discuss Jayson Tatum's personality and future with the Boston Celtics.

0:25 How did the Boston Celtics do at the 2017 NBA Draft?

1:35 Will Jayson Tatum's personality lead him to become a star?

4:00 Reasons for Optimism on Jayson Tatum

8:30 Will Jayson Tatum defend at a high level?

12:30 What is Jayson Tatum's ceiling?

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We'll be back with Sam Vecenie tomorrow!

In this Game Theory episode, Sam Vecenie chats with Ricky O'Donnell from over at SB Nation about the Chicago Bulls side of the Jimmy Butler trade, after he had a relatively memorable performance on SB Nation's NBA Draft show. He also wrote this week about how this needs to be the end of the Gar/Pax reign in Chicago. So that's about how excited they get about the Jimmy Butler trade from the Chicago perspective.  Then they chat a bit about NBA Awards finally being given out on Monday night, including Russell Westbrook being named MVP, Malcolm Brogdon being named Rookie of the Year, and Draymond Green getting Defensive Player of the Year.  As always, please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Ricky at @SBN_Ricky and follow Sam at @Sam_Vecenie.

In this Game Theory episode, Chris Stone and Sam Vecenie chat about the 2017 NBA Draft about 20 minutes after it ended. First, they break down the Jimmy Butler trade, and how ridiculous it was that the Bulls decided to make this move.  Then, they answer who had their favorite drafts, and go into a pick-by-pick breakdown of many of the picks in the draft, all the way down to the second round.  You can follow Chris at @cstonehoops and you can follow Sam at @Sam_Vecenie. Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Thanks for listening!

In this Roundtable podcast, Evan Valenti, Matt Ignal, Sam Sheehan, amd Lucky's pipe review the draft and the Jayson Tatum selection. 1:00 Instant reactions to Jayson Tatum pick 3:15 Can Jayson Tatum become an efficient scorer? 5:45 Will Tatum overcome his weaknesses? 8:45 Did Celtics try to trade back? 12:45 How is Tatum's defense? 15:40 Celtics 2nd round picks 17:30 Celtics in serious cap trouble Follow us on Twitter: @CLNSRoundtable and subscribe to the Boston Celtics Newsfeed

In this Game Theory episode, Sam Vecenie chats about the craziness in the NBA on Tuesday. First, he brings on Pete Zayas from over at Laker Film Room to talk about the D'Angelo Russell trade. Why would the Lakers do it? How much better does this make the Nets? They also chat quickly about the Dwight Howard trade and why Atlanta would do that, something Sam's still not 100% sure on.  Then, he chats with Jay King from over at Mass Live about the Boston Celtics. First though, they chatted about the Cavs not moving forward with David Griffin as their general manager, a dumbfounding move that I'm still not sure I understand. Then, they go into all of the crazy decisions Boston has this offseason, including their trade of the No. 1 overall pick, Jimmy Butler/Paul George, who they will look at with the No. 3 pick, and everything in-between.  Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the Game Theory Podcast on iTunes. You can follow Pete at @lakerfilmroom, you can follow Jay at @ByJayKing, and follow Sam at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

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