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Ben Taylor, creator of the popular YouTube channel Thinking Basketball (and author of Thinking Basketball the book) goes deeper on basketball analysis, history, philosophy and theory with co-host Cody Houdek, and a variety of guests ranging from journalists to former players. Ideal for fans interested in Xs and Os, stats & analytics, coaching and team strategy and adjustments, in-depth breakdowns on player strengths and weaknesses, and who is better and who is best in the NBA. (GOAT debates! ...
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The Nuggets are apparently not dead despite the rumors – who is in the driver's seat in that series with 3 games remaining between Denver and the Minnesota Timberwolves? Who has the edge between the Dallas Mavericks and the Oklahoma City Thunder right now? Plus, the Role Player of the Playoffs. With @codyhoudek. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingb…
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What did the Mavericks do that was so radically different with Luka Doncic from Game 1? Eric Pincus from Bleacher Report and Sports Business Classroom stops by to discuss Game 2 between Oklahoma City and Dallas. Plus, the Cavs find a way to attack the Celtics and take Game 2. Follow @EricPincus. Sign up for Sports Business Classroom with code THINK…
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Why are the Wolves destroying the Nuggets? How good is their defense? Will it keeps up? We break down that series, along with previewing the other Western Conference Semifinal playoff series between the Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks. With @codyhoudek. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball Sign up for Sports Business Classroom with code T…
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Who were the best players of the First round of the playoffs? Ben selects his 1st and 2nd team All-NBA teams based on the opening round of the 2024 playoffs, factoring in opponent quality, role and more. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball Sign up for Sports Business Classroom with code THINKING BASKETBALL www.sportsbusinessclassroom.com …
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The Wolves are the first team to advanced in the 2024 NBA playoffs, and we break down a potential matchup with the Nuggets, the Mavs size and the Clippers offense without Kawhi Leonard and the physical Knicks-76ers series. With @codyhoudek. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod…
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We break down the thrilling Game 1 between the Philadelphia 76ers and New Yorks Knicks, the stunning Clippers victory over the Mavs and their gameplan for Luka, and discuss the physical and change in officiating during the first weekend of the 2024 NBA playoffs. Plus out top-8 home court atmospheres. With @codyhoudek. Support at www.patreon.com/thi…
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We preview the 2024 NBA Playoffs! Incredibly pivotal play-in games. Are the Celtics and Nuggets inevitable? Can the Los Angeles teams make a run? Who will be healthy? Is there a sleeper in the East? And what is the exact probability the Timberwolves beat the Suns? With @codyhoudek. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball --- Send in a voice m…
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We talk about what players and ideas we're changed our minds on in the recent years, the impact of “little things” adding up in the game, judging impact, fit and more. With @codyhoudek. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thinking-basketball/messageSupport this podcast: …
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It's again time for the annual Defensive Awards! We hand out awards for best paint protector, perimeter helper and more, as well as discussing some of the current value-drivers philosophical ideas about defense in the 2024 NBA. What player will show up in the most categories? Will anyone win multiple categories? With @codyhoudek. Support at www.pat…
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The officiating points of emphasis have reigned in scoring and curtailed some penetrators – who will this impact the most in the playoffs? Plus, the Rockets are hot, and who is the best “Jalen” in the NBA? With @codyhoudek. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/thinking-ba…
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Who will have the best performance in the 2024 playoffs? We draft a team based on breakout stars, supporting stars, role players and sixth men for the 2024 NBA playoffs. Early bird price at Sportsbusinessclassroom.com with signup code THINKING BASKETBALL. With @codyhoudek. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball --- Send in a voice message: h…
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Cleveland, Phoenix and New Orleans have a ton of talent, but have all been inconsistent or mysterious throughout the season. We discuss how the stars fit together, the role player “fit,” the importance of coaching in fit and more. Early bird price at Sportsbusinessclassroom.com with signup code THINKING BASKETBALL. With @codyhoudek. Support at www.…
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Are the Golden State Warriors good enough to win a playoff series this year? We discuss their good play of late when Steph Curry is on the floor, but first, there's been a drop in defensive rating and a change in officiating. Also, what are the indicators that a player will translate to the highest level of basketball in the playoffs and NBA Finals…
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The Boston Celtics are on the most dominant 11-game win streak in NBA history! We rank the most important Celtics for their playoff run, attempt to contextualize some of their regular season success, and attempt to list possible playoff weaknesses for Boston heading into the postseason. Early bird price at Sportsbusinessclassroom.com with signup co…
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We discuss whether the incredibly young Oklahoma City Thunder can be the youngest team in NBA history to win a title. Plus, what's really wrong with the Milwaukee Bucks after hiring Doc Rivers, and MVP narratives and a darkhorse Cody prediction. With @codyhoudek. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball --- Send in a voice message: https://pod…
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The No Dunks team stops by to discuss the stretch run of the season in the Western Conference (with some Eastern Conference discussion). Who will take the top seed? Where are the Oklahoma City Thunder headed? Can anyone knock off the Denver Nuggets? How do the Clippers and Timberwolves matchup with their size? Follow @TasMelas @treykerby @jeskeets …
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What can turnovers tell us about ball-handlers, passers and scorers? Who becomes the most efficient scorers when we account for “scoring” turnovers? In this solo episode, Ben looks at how this impact Nikola Jokic's scoring, Steve Nash and Chris Paul as “aggressive” vs. “conservative” passers, Tyrese Haliburton and Allen Iverson as ball-handlers and…
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We select the 6th annual Sub All-Stars or “Almost Stars,” the players who are in the next tier after All-Stars. First, we sort out All-Star level players, then discuss players on the fringe and possible Sub All-Stars. Who makes the cut? With @codyhoudek. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.s…
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The Ringer's J. Kyle Mann returns to discuss Wemby's incredible potential after exploding in the last month. What are realistic areas of improvement for him? What does he look like with more size? We discuss his offensive potential, defensive feel and IQ and whether he could have the highest peak we've ever seen. Follow @jkylemann. Support at www.p…
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Cleveland has moved into the 2nd seed in the East after a bumpy start. Why are so many teams catching fire in the mid season? How do we make sense of a league with so many poor teams at the bottom of the standings? And is there another team waiting to make a run up the standings? Mo Dakhil and John Schuhmann join. Follow @johnschuhmann @MoDakhil_NB…
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Dave DuFour joins to discuss the surging Knicks since the OG Anunoby trade, what makes him such a good fit in New York, and why the Knicks are so good at offensive rebounding. But first, a big Clippers announcement after the Boston game. Follow @DaveDuFourNBA. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball --- Send in a voice message: https://podcas…
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There can be a razor's edge for young players putting up big stats on bad teams. We discuss these polarizing players, whether they're miscast as primary options, the inconvenient truth about shooting efficiency, and why we're lower – for this season, at least – on players like Cade Cunningham and Paolo Banchero because of it. With @codyhoudek. Supp…
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What makes a great passer? What characteristics set the best apart from the rest? We discuss the different types of passers in the NBA, some archetypes of passers that aren't quite as valuable, and attempt to sort out the best passers in the in 2024 right now. With @codyhoudek. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball --- Send in a voice messa…
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Is Will Hardy making a push for Coach of the Year? How are the Jazz suddenly playing so well? Are they going to make the playoffs and bump Golden State or the Lakers out? We discuss Utah's white hot month, coaching adjustments, and the all-time legendary team the Jazz remind us of. With @codyhoudek. Support at www.patreon.com/thinkingbasketball ---…
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We break down the Knicks-Raptors trade involving Immanuel Quickley, R.J. Barrett and O.G. Anunoby, and discuss trading a known commodity versus a potential breakout star in a bench role. Plus, with LeBron James and others excelling in their late 30s, are stars playing longer today than ever before? With @codyhoudek. Support at www.patreon.com/think…
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