Episodes
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. give their (unofficial) award picks for the 2021-22 season. TIMESTAMPS: 1:10 -- Raptors-Sixers thoughts 6:20 -- Coach of the Year 12:55 -- Most Improved Player 18:40 -- Sixth Man of the Year 21:55 -- Rookie of the Year 33:30 -- MVP 44:15 -- Defensive Player of the Year 51:30 -- All-NBA teams 56:50 -- All-Defensive teams  1:01:15 -- All-Rookie This episode is brought to you by TicketSmarter. Looking to go to the hottest concerts, sports, theater...
Published 04/08/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. salute the Lady Gamecocks for their championship journey, then discuss the most pressing questions heading into this year's NBA playoffs. TIMESTAMPS 1:25 -- South Carolina Gamecocks love 6:35 -- Phoenix Suns 13:40 -- Memphis Grizzlies 24:35 -- Golden State Warriors 33:30 -- Dallas Mavericks 38:20 -- Denver Nuggets 43:00 -- Utah Jazz 56:45 -- Los Angeles Clippers 1:00:15 -- Miami Heat 1:09:25 -- Milwaukee Bucks 1:18:00 -- Philadelphia...
Published 04/05/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. discuss the overtime thriller between the Bucks and Nets, then give their lasting thoughts on the teams outside of the play-in races.  TIMESTAMPS 4:20 -- Bucks-Nets thoughts 19:05 -- Clippers-Jazz (Paul George debut) 26:40 -- New York Knicks 40:05 -- Washington Wizards 52:05 -- Indiana Pacers 1:12:00 -- Orlando Magic 1:22:10 -- Detroit Pistons 1:31:25 -- Sacramento Kings 1:37:25 -- Portland Trail Blazers 1:42:25 -- Oklahoma City Thunder 1:49:20 --...
Published 04/01/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. check in on a few playoff/play-in races after a weekend of important games. TIMESTAMPS 1:40 -- NCAA Tournament takeaways  7:40 -- West Play-in (Spurs, Lakers, Pelicans, Wolves) 29:10 -- East Play-in (Hornets/Nets, Cleveland) 43:45 -- Contender check-in (Suns/Sixers, Heat, Celtics, Bucks)   1:27:00 -- Free Throws This episode is brought to you by TicketSmarter. Looking to go to the hottest concerts, sports, theater & family shows near you? Get 100%...
Published 03/29/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. are joined by The Ringer's Seerat Sohi to answer questions about the MVP race, Boston's impenetrable defense (or is it?) and much more from the Dunker Spot Mailbag. TIMESTAMPS 1:10 -- Kyrie Irving's back full time 4:40 -- Miami Heat sideline fiasco 9:30 -- Mailbag  1:23:35 -- Free Throw segment  · The McDonald’s All American Games are where hype becomes legacy. · These players are high school athletes today, but they’ll be household names tomorrow....
Published 03/25/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. are joined by Imman Adan (Dishes & Dimes, Yahoo Sports Canada) to talk about the surging, yet confusing Toronto Raptors. The McDonald’s All American Games are where hype becomes legacy. · These players are high school athletes today, but they’ll be household names tomorrow. James Harden, Anthony Davis, Candace Parker, Breanna Stewart are all McDAAG alumni. · This is a big year – the games are back on for the first time since 2019, and returning to their...
Published 03/22/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. give their initial March Madness thoughts, then dig into the mailbag. The McDonald’s All American Games are where hype becomes legacy. · These players are high school athletes today, but they’ll be household names tomorrow. James Harden, Anthony Davis, Candace Parker, Breanna Stewart are all McDAAG alumni. · This is a big year – the games are back on for the first time since 2019, and returning to their many-time host city of Chicago, celebrating 45 years of...
Published 03/18/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. check in on a pair of title hopefuls, then answer questions from the mailbag. · The McDonald’s All American Games are where hype becomes legacy. · These players are high school athletes today, but they’ll be household names tomorrow. James Harden, Anthony Davis, Candace Parker, Breanna Stewart are all McDAAG alumni. · This is a big year – the games are back on for the first time since 2019, and returning to their many-time host city of Chicago, celebrating...
Published 03/15/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. are joined by Sabreena Merchant of SB Nation to talk about the Los Angeles Clippers and the latest in women's basketball. TIMESTAMPS 1:30 -- Russell Westbrook discussion 8:20 -- Los Angeles Clippers deep dive 58:00 -- WBB talk (WNBA free agency; POY race + March Madness favorites) This episode is brought to you by TicketSmarter. Looking to go to the hottest concerts, sports, theater & family shows near you? Get 100% guaranteed tickets to more than...
Published 03/11/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. bounce around the league with observations. TIMESTAMPS: 4:10 -- Jarrett Allen/Cleveland thoughts 7:55 -- Victor Oladipo's debut 17:45 -- Teams that impressed (DET, NOP, BOS, MIA) 41:20 -- Teams that make you go "hmmmm" (PHI, TOR, CHI, MIL) 1:04:30 -- Players that impressed 1:09:20 -- Mailbag 1:33:40 -- Free Throw segment This episode is brought to you by TicketSmarter. Looking to go to the hottest concerts, sports, theater & family shows near...
Published 03/08/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. check the temperature of the Western Conference. TIMESTAMPS:  3:10 -- Phoenix Suns  21:40 -- Golden State Warriors 39:20 -- Memphis Grizzlies 57:50 -- Utah Jazz 1:16:20 -- Dallas Mavericks 1:33:50 -- Denver Nuggets 1:44:50 -- Play-in thoughts This episode is brought to you by TicketSmarter. Looking to go to the hottest concerts, sports, theater & family shows near you? Get 100% guaranteed tickets to more than 125,000 live events from...
Published 03/04/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. check the temperature of the Eastern Conference. TIME STAMPS  3:45 -- Transaction talk (DeAndre Jordan, DJ Augustin, Wenyen Gabriel) 8:00 -- Miami Heat 24:40 -- Chicago Bulls 38:55 -- Philadelphia 76ers 56:55 -- Milwaukee Bucks 1:11:30 -- Cleveland Cavaliers 1:16:50 -- Boston Celtics  1:25:25 -- Brooklyn Nets 1:40:50 -- Play-in thoughts This episode is brought to you by TicketSmarter. Looking to go to the hottest concerts, sports, theater &...
Published 03/01/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. are joined by coach Gibson Pyper (Half Court Hoops) to talk all things offense. TIMESTAMPS 3:00 -- Injury discussion (Anthony Davis, Chris Paul, Zion Williamson) 16:15 -- All-Star Weekend recap 40:10 -- General offense thoughts/trends/pet peeves 52:20 -- Teams that have impressed (CHI, DAL, CLE, SAC, ATL, MIA, CHA, PHX, MIN, UTA) 1:12:45 -- Teams that have disappointed (HOU, NYK, TOR, LAL, GSW) 1:34:00 -- Top 10 offensive players this season This episode...
Published 02/22/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. answer questions from the mailbag. TIMESTAMPS 0:45 -- All-Star replacement discussion 4:20 -- Goran Dragic/buyout market discussion 11:20 -- New arrivals  18:55 -- Mailbag segment This episode is brought to you by TicketSmarter. Looking to go to the hottest concerts, sports, theater & family shows near you? Get 100% guaranteed tickets to more than 125,000 live events from TicketSmarter, the official ticket marketplace of BasketballNews.com. Order...
Published 02/15/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. break down every trade from Deadline Week. TIMESTAMPS: 2:05 -- Domantas Sabonis' debut 7:45 -- Harden/Simmons trade 49:00 -- KZ Okpala/OKC trade 50:20 -- UTA/POR/SA trade 54:10 -- SAC/MIL/DET/LAC trade 1:07:50 -- TOR/SA trade 1:14:00 -- SA/BOS trade 1:19:15 -- PHX/IND + PHX/WAS trade 1:23:25 -- CHA/WAS trade 1:26:40 -- WAS/DAL trade 1:34:10 -- BOS/HOU trade This episode is brought to you by TicketSmarter. Looking to go to the hottest concerts,...
Published 02/11/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. discuss the latest trades in the WNBA and NBA, then bounce around with general observations. TIMESTAMPS: 1:15 -- LA Sparks discussion 8:00 -- Clips/Blazers trade  15:05 -- Cavs/Pacers trade 25:45 -- All-Star replacements 29:00 -- Teams that impressed (BOS/NO/MIN) 56:10 -- Teams that make you go "hmmmm" (LAL/NYK/CHA) 1:12:20 -- Players that impressed 1:22:40 -- Free Throw segment This episode is brought to you by TicketSmarter. Looking to go to the...
Published 02/08/22
In this mega-episode, Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. catch up on the latest WNBA news, react to the All-Star reserve picks, then bounce around the league with observations. TIMESTAMPS 1:00 -- WNBA conversation 15:10 -- All-Star reserve discussion 33:30 -- Philadelphia Sixers discussion 52:40 -- Denver Nuggets discussion 1:15:00 -- Brooklyn Nets discussion 1:42:20 -- Rookie talk, beginning with Jalen Suggs (ORL) 1:48:35 -- Ayo Dosunmu (CHI) 1:53:15 -- Warriors talk (Jonathan...
Published 02/04/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. react to the All-Star starters being announced, give their thoughts on the new Rising Stars Challenge, then answer questions from the mailbag. TIMESTAMPS: 2:15 -- All-Star game discussion 22:50 -- Rising Stars discussion 31:20 -- Mailbag  This episode is brought to you by TicketSmarter. Looking to go to the hottest concerts, sports, theater & family shows near you? Get 100% guaranteed tickets to more than 125,000 live events from TicketSmarter, the...
Published 01/28/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. tap into the latest WNBA free agency news, discuss Ayoka Lee's 61-point performance and then bounce around the NBA with general observations. TIMESTAMPS 2:15 - WNBA free agency discussion 5:50 -- Ayoka Lee discussion  9:00 -- Grayson Allen/Wes Matthews discussion 18:30 -- Anthony Davis discussion 25:25 -- Teams that impressed (PHX, CHA, ATL, MIN) 59:20 -- Teams that make you go "hmmmm" (GSW, WAS, TOR) 1:22:10 -- Players that impressed 1:30:10 -- Free Throw...
Published 01/25/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. go through their fictional award ballots through the midway point of the season. TIMESTAMPS 4:30 -- Injury discussion (Kevin Durant's MCL, Draymond Green's calf/back issue, Lonzo Ball's meniscus) 18:15 -- Lakers discussion 34:20 -- Awards discussion, starting with Coach of the Year 41:20 -- Most Improved Player + Rookie of the Year 49:40 -- DPOY + All-Defense update 53:00 -- All-Rookie Teams 59:50 -- All-NBA Teams 1:10:00 -- Sixth Man of the Year 1:15:00 --...
Published 01/21/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. are joined by Chris Herring of Sports Illustrated to discuss the release of his new book, "Blood in the Garden: The Flagrant History of the New York Knicks", as well as the contending status of the Chicago Bulls. TIMESTAMPS 7:30 -- Chris talks about the book -- how it came together, favorite anecdotes, and more. 57:30 -- Chicago Bulls discussion Sign up for PrizePicks to play daily fantasy! All users that deposit and use the promo code “NEWS” will receive a...
Published 01/18/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. dig into all things defense: schemes, pet peeves, standouts and more. TIMESTAMPS 2:15 -- Injury news (Paul George, Damian Lillard) 5:45 -- Trade talk (Bol Bol back to Denver; Cam Reddish to New York) 14:40 -- All-Star vote update 24:20 -- General defense thoughts/trends/pet peeves 38:30 -- Teams that have impressed (MIL, GSW, MIA and more) 1:12:30 -- Teams that have disappointed (LAL, NYK, SAC and more) 1:23:20 -- Awards talk (DPOY, All-Defensive...
Published 01/14/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. celebrate the pod's one-year anniversary with a live episode + mailbag. TIMESTAMPS 5:40 -- Klay Thompson debut thoughts 12:30 -- Damian Lillard discussion 19:25 -- Bol Bol/Rodney McGruder trade thoughts 27:10 -- Teams that have impressed (MEM, MIA, DAL) 39:30 -- Utah Jazz discussion 45:00 -- Sixers shoutout  49:00 -- Boston Celtics discussion 1:11:30 -- Note on the Brooklyn Nets (+ playoff tier talk) 1:20:00 -- Mailbag + free throw segment Sign up for...
Published 01/11/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. give their third round of takes on this year's rookie class. TIMESTAMPS 0:40 -- All-Star voting discussion  18:40 -- 10-day contract + Kawhi Leonard discussion 32:00 -- Kyrie Irving discussion 35:30 -- Cade Cunningham update 47:45 -- Jalen Green update 58:00 -- Evan Mobley update 1:03:55 -- Scottie Barnes update 1:11:00 -- Josh Giddey update 1:19:30 -- Franz Wagner update 1:26:20 -- Davion Mitchell update 1:31:30 -- Herb Jones update 1:37:15 -- Omer...
Published 01/07/22
Nekias Duncan and Steve Jones Jr. react to the Becky Hammon/Aces partnership, then bounce around the NBA with observations. TIMESTAMPS 1:30 -- Becky Hammon discussion 7:40 -- Kevin Porter Jr./Christian Wood discussion 14:00 -- Jerami Grant discussion 21:05 -- Kyrie Irving/Klay Thompson discussion 24:40 -- Teams that impressed (MEM, CHI, GSW/PHX/UTA, MIA, OKC) 53:50 -- Teams that make us go "hmmmm" (DAL, POR, LAL) 1:07:35 -- Players that impressed 1:24:00 -- Free throw segment Sign up for...
Published 01/04/22