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Thinking Basketball

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 #25: The 2010s All-Decade Team | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:46:04

By popular demand, I took a crack at the All-Decade team for the 2010s by sizing up which players had the most championship equity over the last 10 years. I also discuss's controversial choices (Kobe Bryant & Carmelo Anthony) and some interesting omissions along with a brief discussion about MVP criteria. Support at

 #24: Devin Booker, skill curves & young scorers on bad teams | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:15

An exploration of young volume scorers on really bad teams. What happens historically when these players are surrounded by better talent? How often are their numbers “empty?” And how does that influence our perception of young, exciting players like Devin Booker and Zach LaVine? Support at

 #23: Top playmakers in NBA history | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:08:33

A look at the greatest playmakers in NBA history using an updated model that balances shot creation, passing ability, turnovers and teammates/team performance to figure out who made life the easiest for their teammates. Support at

 #22 Cole Zwicker on the 2019 NBA draft | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:39:57

Draft expert Cole Zwicker joins to discuss draft concepts, draft philosophy, and provide an in-depth breakdown of how this year's rookies fit on their new teams. Following him @colezwicker on twitter. Support at

 #21: Incredible stories from Game 6 of the Finals, AD trade | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:51:34

I dive into the final minutes of the NBA Finals and the incredible on-court stories that history might completely forget. Also some reflections on the series as a whole and thoughts on the value of Anthony Davis after the reported Pelicans-Lakers trade. Support at

 #20: How the Raptors klawed away at the Warriors | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:50:03

After Game 4, an in-depth breakdown of key players like Steph Curry, how Toronto succeeded on offense against a depleted Warriors defense, the emerging brilliance of Nick Nurse, and Fred Van Vleet's defense / phonetics. I also discuss Kawhi Leonard's narrative along with Kevin Durant and the Warriors supporting cast. Support at

 #19: Steve Jones Jr. on Game 1 of the NBA Finals | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:49:52

Former Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Steve Jones Jr. stops by for hardcore Xs & Os on the Warriors-Raptors, his theory about Golden State’s “data collection,” adjustments for the rest of the series, Kevin Durant’s defensive value & Toronto’s 2nd-best player. Follow Steve on twitter @stevejones20. Support at

 #18: Nerds can't tell you how to play | skill vs. strategy | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:13

Are the Rockets doomed with their analytics-driven style? Should midrange jumpers make a comeback? In this episode I address the controversy around “letting nerds tell you how to play” and the idea that strategic decisions are separate from on-court skills. Support at

 #17: Dave DuFour on GoT, NBA Playoffs & the greatness of Steph Curry | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:00:31

The Athletic's Dave DuFour stops by to discuss the greatness of Steph Curry, similarities between Kawhi Leonard and Michael Jordan and why some Toronto players won't shoot. Follow him @DaveDuFourNBA. Support at

 #16: Neil Paine on the Battle for Basketball's Soul | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:57:56

Neil Paine of 538 stops by to discuss James Harden's controversial play style, the 3-point revolution, the emergence of the 76ers & some insight into just how influential analytics have become behind the scenes. Support at

 #15: Adjustments the Bucks can make in Game 2 & Round 2 thoughts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:35:47

Reactions to Game 1 between the Bucks and Celtics along with adjustments Milwaukee can make moving forward, overachieving in the playoffs, and brief thoughts on the other 3 second rounds series. Support at

 #14: Projecting the best shooters of the 3-pt era | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:40:31

Which 2019 rookies will become great shooters? Can we predict who will be a great shooter based on the beginning of their career and the years before they entered the NBA? What are the statistical patterns of the greatest shooters of the 3-point era? In this episode I explore some of the best shooters ever and their shooting profiles along with forecasting the best shooters of this year's rookies. Support at

 #13: Unexpected superstars breaking their ceiling | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:45:07

How many players became superstars by blowing through their ceiling? How often are we surprised by guys becoming better than we could have ever expected? In this episode, I discuss ~20 superstars who entered the league since 1997 and how many of them achieved their potential, and how many reached amazing heights in some unexpected manner. Support at

 #12: Mo Dakhil & scouting the East contenders | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:42:59

Former Spurs & Clippers video coordinator Mo Dakhil (@MoDakhil_NBA) stops by to size up Xs and Os among the Celtics, Bucks, 76ers and Raptors. We discuss how to watch a game, Toronto’s 2 different offenses, tradeoffs with defensive schemes for Milwaukee and playoff-defining movie speeches from Draft Day and Any Given Sunday. Support at

 #11: The 2019 Sub-All Stars, Trade thoughts | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 00:39:37

After biting off more than I can chew, I try to list the next best group of players -- the "Sub All-Star Team" -- after the top 25 or so players in the league. I also weigh in on Philadelphia and Toronto and their big deadline moves. Support at


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