RotoWire Fantasy Basketball Podcast
Listen to Nick Whalen, James Anderson, Shannon McKeown, Ken Crites, Alex Barutha and NBA team beat writers from around the league talk fantasy basketball throughout the season.
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1
2021 NBA Draft Final Thoughts with James Anderson
Nick Whalen and James Anderson talk about the NBA.
64 min
2
NBA Futures Deep Dive + Team USA Dilemma
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
59 min
3
Wrapping Up the Finals + 2021-22 NBA Futures Wi...
Nick Whalen and Kenny Ducey talk about the NBA.
47 min
4
Milwaukee's Big Chance + 2021 NBA Draft Chatter
Nick Whalen and James Anderson talk about the NBA playoffs.
57 min
5
Suns Take Game 1, Giannis Returns + 2021-22 MVP...
Nick Whalen and Kenny Ducey talk about the NBA playoffs.
49 min
6
NBA Finals + Fantasy Risers and Fallers in the ...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA playoffs.
47 min
7
Emergency Giannis Episode: Bucks May Not Be Dea...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA playoffs.
30 min
8
Fake Lillard Trades, Bucks-Hawks + The Unlikely...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA playoffs.
64 min
9
Listen up, Basketballs! It's Storytime.
1 min
10
Hawks Steal Game 1, Chris Paul's Moment, Finals...
Nick Whalen and Kenny Ducey talk about the NBA playoffs.
59 min
11
Bucks-Hawks, Suns' Title Chances, Simmons Trade...
Nick Whalen, James Anderson and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA playoffs.
74 min
12
A Wild NBA News Day + Bucks-Nets with Ben Zweim...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA playoffs.
73 min
13
Bucks-Nets, Clips Roar Back, Suns' Future + Bes...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA playoffs.
52 min
14
Top-150 Chatter, Suns Rolling, Bucks-Nets Game 3
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA playoffs.
63 min
15
Bucks in a Hole, Suns Take Game 1, Lillard as T...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA playoffs.
64 min
16
Lakers, Blazers Eliminated + Round 2 Previews
Ken and Alex discuss the Lakers and Trail Blazers being eliminated from the playoffs and how the two franchises might move forward. After that, the two amigos preview the known Round 2 matchups.
44 min
17
Celtics Shake-up, Embiid's knee, Dame Goes Off ...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha break down the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
46 min
18
Clippers-Mavs, Bucks-Nets, Lakers Thoughts + Mo...
Nick Whalen is joined by both Alex Barutha and James Anderson to break down the 2021 NBA Playoffs.
77 min
19
Bucks vs. Nets Inevitable, Lakers & Nuggets up 2-1
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the latest playoff news before going over some strategy for Friday's DFS slate.
43 min
20
Clippers in BIG Trouble, Lakers Pull Even
Alex Barutha joins Nick Whalen to recap Tuesday night's Lakers-Suns and Mavericks-Clippers game, as well preview Wednesday's three-game playoff slate.
51 min
21
Bucks and Nets on a Collision Course in Round 2
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to recap all of the action in the NBA Playoffs.
67 min
22
Wizards Make the Playoffs + Fantasy Postseason ...
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the Wizards making the playoffs and the Warriors vs. Grizzlies game going down Friday night. After that, the three talk about the fantasy postseason draft they recently took part in. Finally, DFS suggestions for Friday and Saturday.
50 min
23
Fantasy Postseason Discussion + Rookie Card Values
Shannon and Alex navigate a slow news day by discussing the value of various NBA rookie cards due to the unprecedented boom in the market. What's worth more: a Killian Hayes or Isaiah Stewart card? How much does an autographed Giannis card go for? After that, some too-early fantasy postseason talk followed by DFS.
39 min
24
Round 1 Matchups, Playoff Plotlines + Lottery S...
Nick Whalen talks with James Anderson about the upcoming NBA Playoffs, including the most appealing first-round matchups, the wildcard Lakers, teams with the most on the line, and whether this is Chris Paul's best and final chance to win a title. Then, the guys discuss the heap of teams vying for draft position and debate which lottery outcomes would be the most and least fun.
57 min
25
Play-In Scenarios + Should the Lakers want the ...
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to discuss the play-in scenarios as the regular season comes to a close. Should the Lakers intentionally try to get the eighth seed in hopes of matching up with Utah and avoiding the Clippers? The guys also discuss Kristaps Porzingis' mounting injury concerns, the Celtics' suddenly shaky future and which of Portland, Dallas and Denver could make the most noise in the postseason. Finally, Nick and Alex discuss the conversation around James Wiseman and where he fits if the 2020 rookie class were re-drafted today.
44 min
26
Most Disappointing Players, Lessons Learned
Shannon and Alex discuss postseason chances of the Lakers, Nets and Mavericks before diving into the most disappointing players of this season, plus some lessons the two learned throughout the year. Then, waiver wire options and DFS talk.
43 min
27
Play-In & Lottery Scenarios + What is Russell W...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha discuss what LeBron's ankle means for the Lakers' playoff path before debating how another monster statistical season impacts Russell Westbrook's legacy. Then, the guys talk about the teams most likely to fall into the play-in tournament before discussing the most intriguing draft lottery scenarios.
50 min
28
James Harden Who? Kevin Porter Posts 50 and 10
Ken and Alex are joined by a special guest: RotoWire contributor and Bulls fanatic Mike Barner. If you read RotoWire's Yahoo NBA DFS articles Monday-Friday, you're familiar with Mike's work. The trio discuss the latest news in the Association, including Kevin Porter Jr. becoming the youngest player ever to post 50 points and 10 assists. After news, there's waiver wire discussion and DFS suggestions for Friday's slate. Ken and Alex also learn the correct pronunciation of Alize Johnson's first name, and Mike has an Old Man Rant of his own.
43 min
29
Timberwolves, Bulls... What's the Plan?
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha talk about the NBA.
38 min
30
Anthony Davis returns, Trae Young sidelined
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the latest NBA news, including Anthony Davis' return and Trae Young's injury. Then, the Three Amigos discuss fan questions before getting to waiver wire suggestions. Finally, some suggestions for Friday's seven-game DFS slate.
50 min
31
Under-the-Radar Fantasy Players for 2021-22 wit...
Nick Whalen is joined by James Anderson to discuss some lower-level players who could be poised to break out next season.
46 min
32
All-NBA Debate + How Much Do Missed Games Matter?
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha discuss James Harden's injury setback and LaMelo Ball's imminent return before debating this season's All-NBA teams.
49 min
33
AD's imminent return, LaVine out 10-14 days
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the news, including LaMarcus Aldridge's retirement, Anthony Davis nearing a return, Zach LaVine in COVID protocols, and James Wiseman's surgery. After that, Fan Feedback and Waiver Wire suggestions like Tomas Satoransky, Nerlens Noel and Hassan Whiteside . Finally, the three amigos wrap up with DFS advice, Ken's Old Man Rant and mispronounced names, featuring Malachi Flynn.
45 min
34
Aldridge Retires + Preseason Over/Unders Revisited
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha reflect on LaMarcus Aldridge's career before discussing preseason win percentage over/unders.
34 min
35
Nuggets Lose Murray + Previewing the Play-In
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha discuss Jamal Murray's season-ending injury before breaking down the teams most likely to compete in the play-in tournament for the 7th and 8th seeds.
39 min
36
Oladipo's Knee Injury, Waiver Targets
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the latest news, including the potential seriousness of Victor Oladipo's knee injury. Then, the crew answers a pair of fan questions before diving into waiver wire targets. Finally, Friday DFS advice, questions about the pronunciation of Kenrich, and Ken's Old Man Rant.
54 min
37
The 10 Worst Draft Picks of the Last Five Years...
James Anderson joins Nick Whalen to debate and discuss their individual lists of the 10 worst draft picks from the last five drafts.
69 min
38
Debating the Top 25 Players Under 25
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha run through some minor news items -- including the Pelicans signing Isaiah Thomas and DeMarcus Cousins joining the Clippers -- before diving into ESPN's list of the top 25 NBA players under 25 years old.
62 min
39
Special Guest: ESPN's Andre Snellings
Ken and Alex welcome former RotoWire contributor and current ESPN Senior Writer Andre Snellings to the show. The trio discuss recent news items, waiver wire options and how the top players in fantasy might fare next season. You can find Andre on Twitter @ProfessorDrz. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
47 min
40
Bulls' Future, Harden for MVP, KD's Elite Suppo...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha discuss Nikola Vucevic's first two games in Chicago and what the Bulls need to do to take the next step. The guys also discuss Andre Drummond in Los Angeles, LaMarcus Aldridge in Brooklyn, James Harden's MVP case and the Coach of the Year race. Finally, it's time to answer the question: Has Kevin Durant had the most-talented supporting casts of any player in recent history? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
51 min
41
Trade Deadline Fantasy Implications
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the fantasy implications of every meaningful trade. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
62 min
42
Trade Deadline Special: Reacting to Every Deal
Shortly after the passing of the 2021 NBA trade deadline, Alex Barutha joins Nick Whalen to break down all of the relevant deals, including Victor Oladipo to Miami, George Hill to Philly, Delon Wright to Sacramento and the Orlando Magic's all-time fire sale. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
43 min
43
Previewing the Trade Deadline
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to discuss the biggest-name players who could be on the move this week, including Lonzo Ball, Aaron Gordon, Andre Drummond and Victor Oladipo. Then, the guys go rogue to debate Allen Iverson vs. Kyrie Irving, as well as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander vs. Donovan Mitchell. They finish out with a breakdown of the updated MVP and Rookie of the Year odds following injuries to LaMelo Ball and LeBron James. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
66 min
44
Waiver Targets: Who is Moses Brown?
Ken, Shannon and Alex highlight waiver pickups including Moses Brown, Kelly Olynyk, Will Barton, Robert Williams and Matisse Thybulle. The three amigos also discuss recent news and, finally, get to Friday's loaded 10-game DFS slate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
51 min
45
The 10 Best Draft Picks of the Last Five Years ...
Nick Whalen is joined by James Anderson to rank their top 10 draft picks of the last five drafts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
50 min
46
McCollum Returns, Landing Spots for Oladipo & A...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha discuss what the return of CJ McCollum (and eventually Jusuf Nurkic) means for Portland's ceiling before getting into potential landing spots for LaMarcus Aldridge, Andre Drummond and Victor Oladipo. The guys also discuss Giannis Antetokounmpo's recent surge and assess where Milwaukee stands among the title contenders. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
46 min
47
Houston Supplies Waiver Targets
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss news before diving into waiver targets for Week 13, which includes plenty of Houston Rockets, Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
48 min
48
NBA 'Would You Rather...?' with James Anderson
RotoWire's James Anderson stops by to answer a series of rapid-fire "Would you rather?" questions from Nick Whalen. The guys hit on Morant vs. LaMelo, Nets vs. Lakers, Tyrese Haliburton's ceiling, most likely playoff teams, the 2021 Timberwolves' pick and much more before finishing out with some 2021 NBA Draft chatter heading into the NCAA Tournament. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
45 min
49
KAT Trades, Hall of Fame Decisions, Bad-Team Fa...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha begin by discussing the Hall of Fame cases for Chris Webber, Ben Wallace, Paul Pierce and Chris Bosh. Then, the guys recap All-Star Weekend before discussing some hypothetical Karl-Anthony Towns trades. Finally, they discuss players who could benefit in fantasy from bad teams looking to improve their lottery odds over the second half of the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
56 min
50
Second Half Targets
Ken, Shannon and Alex touch on news before diving into waiver wire adds for the upcoming week, plus potential players to target for the second half of the season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
48 min
51
All-Star Weekend Betting Preview with Ben Zweiman
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha are joined by Ben Zweiman of DK Nation to break down All-Star Weekend from a gambling perspective. The guys discuss the odds for the Three-Point Shootout, Skills Challenge and Dunk Contest, as well as analyze the rosters for both the All-Star and Rookie-Sophomore Games. Then, they turn their attention toward the futures market, keying in on the best values and most likely winners for MVP, Most Improved Player, Rookie of the Year, and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
76 min
52
All-Star Expectations, Lowry's Future, Forecast...
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to discuss the Hawks' firing of Lloyd Pierce, All-Star Weekend expectations, postseason odds, Kyle Lowry's future and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
45 min
53
Week 11 Waivers
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss Tobias Harris' and Bam Adebayo's injuries, Malik Beasley being suspended for 12 games and Donte DiVincenzo's strong play before diving into waivers. Week 11 potential adds include TJ McConnell, Saben Lee, Jaylen Nowell, Derrick White, Nicolas Claxton, Danilo Gallinari and Bruce Brown. Finally, some discussion about Friday's DFS slate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
46 min
54
Midseason All-NBA Teams
With the season nearing its halfway point, Nick Whalen and James Anderson compile their midseason First-, Second- and Third-Team All-NBA selections. The guys talk through each of their teams and discuss which players could play their way onto an All-NBA team during the second half of the season.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
36 min
55
All-Star Reserves Announced + Live Reaction
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha react to Tuesday night's announcement of the seven All-Star reserves in each conference. The guys discuss which players were most and least deserving of their spots, as well as the biggest snubs and toughest decisions. Then, they discuss the struggling Lakers, DeMarcus Cousins' future and the Timberwolves' coaching change before answering the age-old question: Would you rather be the GM of the Cavaliers or the Pistons? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
49 min
56
Anthony Davis Out 4 Weeks, Waiver Targets
Ken and Alex discuss: Anthony Davis' injury Nets vs. Lakers Bucks 1-5 without Holiday Jazz still playing great Waiver targets like Wendell Carter, Grayson Allen, Marcus Morris, Jae'Sean Tate, Jae Crowder, Theo Maledon Friday's DFS slate Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
43 min
57
Rest-of-Season Predictions with James Anderson
James Anderson joins Nick Whalen to break down their respective lists of predictions for the rest of the NBA season. Topics include: Contenders for the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft Zion Williamson's All-NBA chances The Nets as favorites in the East P.J. Tucker trades Mike Budenholzer's future in Milwaukee John Collins in Atlanta The Michael Porter Jr. conundrum The Magic's plan for Nikola Vucevic (And much more) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
65 min
58
Blake Griffin's Future + Drummond Trades + Wher...
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to discuss the latest news in the NBA, including a wave of COVID-19 postponements, as well as injuries to Anthony Davis and D'Angelo Russell. The guys discuss how the Timberwolves got to this point and where things went wrong before exploring potential landing spots for both Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
57 min
59
Waiver Targets on Losing Teams
Someone has to score on bad teams. Ken, Shannon and Alex break down waiver targets in this week's special Friday episode of the RotoWire NBA Podcast: The Harvey Grant Edition. Plus, the three amigos talk Anthony Davis' Achilles tendonosis, a three-point record by the Celtics, Tyler Herro back in health and safety protocols, and D'Angelo Russell's continued injury absences. Finally, some DFS talk on a massive 11-game slate filled with value. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
46 min
60
NBA Prop Betting and Futures with DK Nation's B...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha are joined by Ben Zweiman of DK Nation to talk about betting and playing DFS during this unique NBA season. After a brief sulk session about the Green Bay Packers, the guys dive into what's made this season unique, how to decide which teams are actually good, and which teams have been the most difficult to get a read on thus far. Then, they finish out with a full breakdown of the MVP and Most Improved Player races, from a betting perspective. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
79 min
61
2019 Re-Draft, Derrick Rose, Beal's Future and ...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha break down the implications of the Derrick Rose trade and debate whether Dennis Smith can salvage his career in Detroit. Then, the guys make a plea to Bradley Beal to request a trade out of Washington before discussing the ongoing rise of LaMelo Ball. Finally, they finish out with a re-ranking of the 2019 draft class. Is Zion still the No. 1 pick? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
70 min
62
Christian Wood Hurt Again, Waiver Targets
Ken, Shannon and Alex first discuss recent news, including Christian Wood's ankle injury, the All-Star game, Seth Curry's persistent COVID symptoms, and Matthew Dellavedova's possible retirement. Next, they get into waiver targets including DeMarcus Cousins, Thad Young, De'Anthony Melton, Kevin Huerter, Cody Zeller, Theo Maledon, Gary Trent, Jae'Sean Tate and JaMychal Green. Finally, touching on DFS, they discuss Thunder players, Jerami Grant, the Raptors against Brooklyn and Jimmy Butler against the Wizards. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
45 min
63
2024-25 All-NBA Teams with James Anderson
Nick Whalen is joined by James Anderson to peer four years into the future and predict which 15 players will make up the three All-NBA teams in 2024-25. The guys run through their most and least confident picks, near misses, high school and college prospects to consider, and the fringe-stars who could force their way into the conversation over the next four seasons. James' Teams: C: Nikola Jokic F: Jayson Tatum F: Jaylen Brown G: Luka Doncic G: Ja Morant C: Anthony Davis F: Giannis Antetokounmpo F: Bam Adebayo G: Trae Young G: Devin Booker C: Joel Embiid F: Michael Porter Jr. F: OG Anunoby G: LaMelo Ball  G: Cade Cunningham Whalen's Teams: C: Nikola Jokic F: Giannis Antetokounmpo F: Anthony Davis G: Luka Doncic G: Ja Morant C: Karl-Anthony Towns F: Jayson Tatum F: Kawhi Leonard G: Trae Young G: Bradley Beal C: Joel Embiid F: Zion Williamson F: Bam Adebayo G: James Harden G: Jaylen Brown Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
58 min
64
All-Stars at the Quarter-Season Mark
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha each reveal their 12-man All-Star teams and talk through every player, from the no-brainers to the tough omissions. Then, the guys discuss how next month's All-Star Game might look in the context of the pandemic season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
58 min
65
Week 7 Waivers, Excessive Pistons Talk
Shannon and Alex discuss Blake Griffin and Delon Wright's recent play, Bradley Beal trade rumors and the Most Improved Player odds before jumping into waiver wire discussion. Potential adds ahead of Week 7 include Wayne Ellington, TJ McConnell, Royce O'Neale, Dorian Finney-Smith, Devin Vassell. Finally, Shannon and Alex touch on Friday's DFS slate, noting high over/unders, injuries and potential value plays. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
43 min
66
Are the Jazz a Serious Contender in the West?
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to talk about the surging Utah Jazz, the top four teams in the West, the Mavs' short-term ceiling, Minnesota's ugly start and a fairly underwhelming 2020 rookie class, fantasy-wise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
32 min
67
Trade Rumors, MVP Race, Rookie of the Year and ...
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to discuss a grab-bag of topics, including: The league's plans to potentially hold an All-Star Game Lonzo Ball trade rumors and potential destinations Kelly Oubre trade rumors The Warriors' future Handicapping the MVP race Tyrese Haliburton vs. LaMelo Ball for Rookie of the Year Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
59 min
68
Cleveland Still Winning, Waiver Targets
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the Lakers beating the Bucks, Cleveland's recent success, Jordan Clarkson's hot shooting and the Knicks' stellar defense. After that, waiver wire talk including Lu Dort, Darius Bazley, Jeremy Lamb, Taurean Prince, KCP and Kendrick Nunn. Lastly, some DFS discussion on the massive Friday slate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
40 min
69
Six Early-Season Takeaways with James Anderson
Nick Whalen is joined by James Anderson to talk about how COVID-19 has impacted the NBA season. Then, the guys run through their individual lists of players or teams to highlight before talking playoff cross-offs. The rise of Collin Sexton and Jerami Grant Pascal Siakam and the middling Toronto Raptors How the Bucks are using Giannis Antetokounmpo Zion Williamson impressions + long-term future Should the Magic explore Nik Vucevic trades? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
61 min
70
Blazers Injuries, Bucks-Nets, Surprise Top-50 F...
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to discuss injuries to CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic and what's next for the Blazers. The guys break down the early playoff picture in both conferences before hitting on Monday's Bucks-Nets showdown and some of the more surprising players providing top-50 fantasy production. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
60 min
71
Kanter Headlines Waiver Options
Ken and Alex discuss news of Jusuf Nurkic breaking his wrist, Ja Morant's impending return, and impressive performances by Shake Milton and Keldon Johnson. Then, for waiver targets, they look at Enes Kanter, DeAndre Jordan, Kelly Olynyk and others. Finally, Friday's DFS slate, which, like many, is ravaged by absences. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
50 min
72
Emergency James Harden Traded to the Nets Podcast
Nick Whalen, Alex Barutha and James Anderson assemble to break down all angles of Wednesday's mega-trade, which sent James Harden to Brooklyn. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
42 min
73
Will This Be the Asterisk Season?
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to discuss the league's ongoing COVID-19 issues and what happens next -- both in the short and long-term. Then, the guys discuss the strange start to the season and whether most of what's happened so far ultimately tells us anything about the non-Lakers title contenders. Finally, Nick and Alex revisit some of their preseason awards predictions and best bets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
58 min
74
News, Waiver Targets and DFS
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss Seth Curry and Michael Porter Jr.'s COVID-19 issues, Spurs young players, waiver wire targets like Cole Anthony and Shake Milton, and Friday's massive injury-ridden DFS slate. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
59 min
75
LaMelo + Haliburton, Suns' Ceiling, 2021 Draft ...
Nick Whalen is joined by RotoWire's own James Anderson to break down the rapid improvement of LaMelo Ball and Tyrese Haliburton, as well as where the Phoenix Suns rank in the Western Conference hierarchy. The guys also talk early-season disappointments, Marvin Bagley's future, Lakers vs. The Field, and top prospects for the 2021 NBA Draft. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
44 min
76
What's Real and What's Not
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to talk about the return of peak Steph Curry, father drama in Sacramento, Julius Randle 2.0, and teams underperforming over the first two-and-a-half weeks of the regular season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
59 min
77
More Waiver Wire Targets
Ken, Shannon and Alex dive into a big day of news before highlighting more potential waiver wire targets early in the season, as well as touching on Thursday's unique four-game DFS slate that has almost no injuries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
66 min
78
Rookie Reviews with James Anderson
Nick Whalen is joined by James Anderson to discuss sluggish starts for the Warriors and Pelicans, as well as the Spurs' chances to make the playoffs in the West. Then, the guys run through all of the rookies who've caught their attention -- for better or for worse -- during the first week of the 2020-21 NBA season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
61 min
79
First Week Observations
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to recap the top storylines around the league, including injuries to Ja Morant and Karl-Anthony Towns, the Warriors' concerning start, Giannis' continued free throw struggles, and much more. Then, the guys decide which -- if any -- of the currently undefeated teams are actually any good. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
58 min
80
A Christmas Eve Recap
No days off for the RotoWire NBA Podcast. Nick and Alex sit down to recap all 14 games from the last two nights, including Bucks-Celtics, Wizards-Sixers, Cavs-Hornets and a wild finish between the Kings and Nuggets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
54 min
81
Waiver Targets for Week 2
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the two opening night games before diving into a list of players who could make for good early-season waiver wire adds. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
54 min
82
Opening Night + Draft Recaps
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to discuss the top news around the league on Opening Night. The guys break down Nets-Warriors and Lakers-Clippers before discussing some major takeaways from the preseason. Then, it's time to recap trends and surprises from recent fantasy drafts and auctions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
60 min
83
The Future of Sports Betting with DraftKings' J...
It's a special bonus episode of the RotoWire NBA Podcast! Nick Whalen and John McKechnie chat with Johnny Avello -- Director of Race and Sports Operations at DraftKings. Johnny is a legend of the sports gambling industry, having lived and worked in Las Vegas for more than four decades. Johnny joined DraftKings in 2018, and we spoke with him about how the sports betting landscape has changed, as well as how DraftKings hopes to continue to expand its user base. We also hit on some of the nuts and bolts of line-making, life working in a casino, perks of living in Vegas, Super Bowl predictions, and much, much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
42 min
84
Underrated Fantasy Players
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss news before diving into a slew of underrated players for your fantasy drafts, including Mason Plumlee, Terry Rozier and Devonte' Graham, almost every Bulls player, Eric Bledsoe and others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
68 min
85
Rookie Reviews + Picking Futures
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to break down some of their favorite player and team futures bets, including division and conference winners, playoffs (yes or no), stat leaders, and much more. Then, the guys hit on what Giannis Antetokounmpo signing the supermax means for the Bucks before reviewing how the league's top rookies have looked thus far in the preseason. Sign up for the $10,000 RotoWire Online Championship! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
60 min
86
Picking Western Conference Win Percentage Over/...
With the Eastern Conference already in the books, Nick Whalen is joined again by James Anderson for Part 2 their annual tradition of picking all 30 NBA win total over/unders. Win totals have been replaced by win percentage this season, but the show must go on. The guys go team by team, critiquing each line and revealing their picks. If there's a disagreement (spoiler: there are plenty), the goal is to make a convincing argument for why the over or the under will hit (all odds via the DraftKings Sportsbook). Tap the link below to sign up for the $10,000 RotoWire Online Championship! https://nfc.shgn.com/landing/669 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
80 min
87
Overrated Fantasy Players
Ken, Shannon and Alex go over news before discussing overrated fantasy players for the upcoming season. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
53 min
88
Picking Eastern Conference Win Percentage Over/...
Nick Whalen is joined by James Anderson for the time-honored tradition of picking all 30 NBA win total over/unders -- except this season, win totals have been replaced by win percentages. Starting with the East, Nick and James go team by team, critiquing each line and revealing their picks, while (attempting to) make the case for both sides of the bet. Tap the link below to sign up for the $10,000 RotoWire Online Championship! https://nfc.shgn.com/landing/669 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
87 min
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Every Possible James Harden Trade Destination
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to discuss the NBA's updated rest guidelines before taking a team-by-team look at which teams -- from the Hawks to the Pelicans to the Clippers to the Suns -- could conceivably put together a package to land James Harden. Then, the guys finish out by analyzing a few of the updated futures best at the DraftKings Sportsbook. Sign up for the $10,000 RotoWire Online Championship: https://nfc.shgn.com/landing/669 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Offseason Winners & Losers
Ken, Shannon and Alex discuss the Wall for Westbrook swap and other news before diving into offseason winners and losers from a fantasy perspective. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
57 min
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Westbrook-Wall Trade Reaction + Lakers Re-Sign ...
Nick Whalen and Alex Barutha react to the Rockets sending Russell Westbrook to the Wizards for John Wall and a future first-round pick. The guys discuss how the move impacts each player's fantasy value and whether it truly moves the needle for either franchise in 2020-21. Then, Nick and Alex talk about both LeBron James and Anthony Davis signing extensions with the Lakers within a 24-hour span. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Camp News + Rankings Dilemmas
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to discuss the top news from the start of training camps, including Kemba Walker's knee injury, Victor Oladipo's status, and Carmelo Anthony coming off of.... the bench?? Then, the guys run through a handful of notable players who they've struggled to rank and project for 2020-21. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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James Anderson on NBA Draft Takeaways + Futures...
Nick Whalen is joined by James Anderson to discuss the fallout from the NBA Draft, including a suddenly log-jammed Timberwolves' backcourt, LaMelo Ball's fit alongside Terry Rozier and Devonte' Graham in Charlotte, expectations for James Wiseman, Tyrese Haliburton sliding all the way to No. 12, and much more. Then, the guys survey the NBA futures market at the DraftKings Sportsbook and discuss their best bets and stay-aways for the 2020-21 NBA title, MVP, Most Improved Player, Rookie of the Year, and others. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Recapping a Whirlwind Free Agency + Trade Season
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to recap and analyze all of the major trades and free agency moves from the last few days. The guys dig into the Hawks loading up for a playoff push, Boston losing Gordon Hayward, the Sixers making some tweaks, Milwaukee adding Jrue Holiday, the Lakers' improved bench, Houston adding Christian Wood, puzzling Pistons moves and much, much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
71 min
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Final Thoughts on the 2020 NBA Draft (Part II)
In Part 1 of Tuesday's episode, Nick Whalen and James Anderson take one final look at the 2020 NBA Draft class as Wednesday night approaches. The guys break down the most likely No. 1 pick, as well as trade scenarios, before taking a look at some draft-night prop bets from the DraftKings Sportsbook. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
32 min
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Trade Analysis: CP3 to Phoenix, Holiday and Bog...
Nick Whalen is joined by James Anderson to break down all of Monday's biggest trades, including the Suns acquiring Chris Paul, the Bucks landing Jrue Holiday AND Bogdan Bogdanovic, and the Blazers getting Robert Covington. Then, the guys discuss how the Rockets should handle Russell Westbrook's trade request, as well as under-the-radar landing spots for James Harden. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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NBA Returns December 22
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to discuss the NBA confirming that the 2020-21 season will officially begin on December 22. The guys break down the winners and losers of the decision, which players could be impacted, how the condensed schedule affects gambling odds, and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
57 min
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Play-In Tournament + Fake Trades
Nick Whalen is joined by Alex Barutha to recap the latest news regarding the NBA's proposed Dec. 22 start date. The guys also touch on the likelihood of a play-in tournament in 2021, as well as rumors that the Sixers may be targeting James Harden. Then, Alex throws out some of his favorite hypothetical trades for the offseason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
58 min
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NBA Draft Conversation with James Anderson
Nick Whalen is joined by James Anderson to discuss the news that the Pelicans are listening to offers for Jrue Holiday. Then, the guys dig deep on the 2020 NBA Draft. Topics include: Who's the best player you'd trade for the No. 1 pick? Projecting LaMelo Ball James Wiseman's potential Teams that may trade up Surprise No. 1 pick candidates Round 2 targets Good and bad NBA comparisons NBA Draft prop betting angles Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
79 min
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2020 NBA Draft Prospect Preview
Nick Whalen is joined by RotoWire lead prospect analyst James Anderson to break down the top prospects and storylines ahead of the 2020 NBA Draft. Topics include: Minnesota's options at No. 1 Best fit for Golden State at No. 2 The rise of James Wiseman Deni Avdija to Chicago? Obi Toppin risk vs. reward Killian Hayes vs. Tyrese Haliburton Tyrell Terry's upside Mid-first-round gems Best fits for contending teams Cole Anthony best case vs. worst case Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
88 min