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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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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 17:09

Is Marvin Bagley the Next Big Thing for Duke?

Sam Vecenie sits down with Scott Phillips from over at NBC Sports about the Marvin Bagley commitment. What makes him a better prospect than Michael Porter Jr.? What effect does he have on Duke? What should Duke fans be worried about? Should they be the No. 1 in the preseason top-25?  Should Arizona and DeAndre Ayton be considered at the #1 spot? Should Michigan State be considered? What about Kansas and Villanova? Finally, they chat about the fallout for the Class of 2018. Is R.J. Barrett clearly the No. 1 player? Who is No. 2? The rest of the top-five? Tough calls all around.  Thank you for listening, please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Scott at @phillipshoops, and Sam at @Sam_Vecenie.

Sam Vecenie chats with Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho about his new food blog, bigtimebites.com. What got Rich into food culture? What made him start a website? What makes his website different? What is the best meal he's had in his 20 years on the road in the NBA? What is his favorite type of food?  Then, they chat about his team. What does he attribute last season's regression to 36 wins to? What was his main goal going into the 2017 offseason? Did he actually expect Malik Monk to be on the board on draft night? Did they have any concerns on the Dwight Howard trade? Also, Sam asks him if the Celtics really offered four first round picks in the 2015 NBA Draft.  Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Rich at @bigtimebites, follow his food blogging at bigtimebites.com, and follow Sam at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

Wednesday, 26 July 2017 14:54

Where Is Kyrie Irving Headed?

Sam Vecenie sits down Adi Joseph of USA Today about the Kyrie Irving trade request that shocked the basketball world. They talk about the ramifications of this trade request, then go through what the Cavaliers should do. Finally, they run through every team and decide if we think that team makes sense for the Cavaliers to consider a deal with.  Please remember to rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Adi over at @AdiJoseph on Twitter, and follow Sam at @Sam_Vecenie. Thanks for listening!

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.

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