The NBA Lottery Mafia

The Lottery Mafia Provides Analysis Of The NBA’s Lottery Bound Teams and The NBA Draft.

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Aug 21st, 2014 by lotterymafia at 8:35 am

Making lottery predictions isn't easy. Last season, James and I correctly predicted four of the seven lottery teams from the Eastern Conference (Philadelphia, Orlando, Boston, and Milwaukee). Not to be discouraged, we are at it again. Episode 40 focuses solely on which teams we feel will end up in the lottery by season's end. While we ultimately agreed to this list, it wasn't without disagreements. To not spoil the "fun," I haven't included the names of the teams we selected, but you can find timestamps of when we reveal each team. I will say however that the final two teams may surprise you. If you have a sneaking suspicion your team might end up on our list, give it a listen.

The Western Conference predictions will be up later on, but until then, enjoy the two of us breaking the hearts of seven Eastern Conference teams (because obviously our predictions will be 100 percent accurate this year). As always, follow us on Podbean and subscribe on iTunes. Also, if you subscribe on iTunes, give us a rating! We love ratings, except for bad ratings. For those who are continuous listeners or are tuning in for the first time, we can't thank you enough.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Team 1 (as in, the team that will finish last in the standings) - 6:00
  • Team 2 - 14:00
  • Team 3 - 25:00
  • Team 4 - 37:30
  • Team 5 - 50:00
  • Team 6 - 58:00
  • Team 7 - 1:10:00
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Aug 14th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 8:46 am

Yesterday James and I had the pleasure of being joined by Joe Dexter of PistonPowered.com to discus well, the Detroit Pistons. With Detroit's offseason starting to wrap up, we discussed the moves Stan Van Gundy has made since taking over, including the free agent signings of Jodie Meeks, Caron Butler, and DJ Augustin. We discussed Greg Monroe's decision to accept the qualifying offer (making him an unrestricted free agent next year) and what it means for his future with Detroit.

In between, we talked about Spencer Dinwiddie, Peyton Siva's release (James is a big Peyton Siva fan), and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's awesome Summer League performance.

Finally, we pondered whether Detroit can make the playoffs or if they are looking at another season in the lottery, along with trying to make sense of the Piston's hiring Otis Smith to coach their D-League team, and finishing off discussing Andre Drummond's efficiency and potential.

We'd like to thank Joe for joining us, who I'm sure was happy to discuss Charlie Villanueva as a former Pistons player. We'd also like to thank you for listening, and if you like what you hear, find us on Podbean, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  • Greg Monroe - 4:00
  • Stan Van Gundy's offseason moves - 14:20
  • KCP's Summer League - 28:20
  • Spencer Dinwiddie - 34:30
  • Peyton Siva's release - 40:00
  • Otis Smith as a D-League coach - 46:00
  • Playoff potential - 52:00
  • Andre Drummond - 59:20
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Aug 3rd, 2014 by lotterymafia at 10:23 am

This past Thursday James Plowright and Nick Denning were joined by Kyle Neubeck of Liberty Ballers to discuss a number of topics related to the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers are in the midst of a long-term rebuilding project, with general manager Sam Hinkie banking on a several current and future first round lottery selections to build a foundation for the future. Hinkie's methods haven't come without criticism from many across the league, who view the team's rebuild as Exhibit A as to why the NBA should change its lottery process. Kyle, along with many Sixers fans, view the rebuild as a refreshing change from the patchwork process the team took to stay relevant but remaining short of contention.

Philadelphia's rebuilding project is just one of many topics talked about, with many surrounding the team's draft selections this past summer. There's also more discuss about Byron Mullens than anyone anticipated, but when three people get in a podcast together who have all seen Air Mullens brick a few too many 3-pointers, the topic was unavoidable.

Below are the list of topics with their estimated time stamps. We had a good time talking with Kyle, who knows his stuff and offers strong counter-points to all those hating on Hinkie. As always, subscribe on iTunes, follow us on Podbean, and thank you for listening.

Topics of Discussion:

  • 76ers Draft (First round selections) - 5:00
  • 76ers Draft (Second round selections) - 15:15
  • Jordan McCrae - 24:15
  • Casper Ware - 30:00
  • Henry Sims - 40:00
  • Nerlens Noel - 43:15
  • Michael Carter-Williams (his future w/ team, and potential) - 52:30
  • Sam Hinkie's Master Plan - 1:00:00
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Jul 25th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 8:15 am

Sacramento are the Kings of Summer. Lou Amundson visits delis. These are the hot takes from Vegas, and we have the exclusive coverage.

Vegas Summer League has come and gone, and our very own Aaron Fischman gave us his experience from it. As Aaron was covering the Kings, we discussed well, the Kings, detailing who played well, who didn't play so well, and why it's fun to poke fun at winning the Vegas Summer League, while also acknowledging it shouldn't be completely overlooked. 

We also talked about who else played well in Vegas (Hornets fans tune in, we discussed Hairston and Vonleh), before turning attention to Eric Bledsoe's contract situation and what to make of the Kevin Love trade talks (should Wiggins be traded, and what team offers the best potential package?).

We tried to keep things short, but went off on a few tangents surrounding the prospect of a midseason tournament and where Lou Amundson likes to go when he's in Vegas. As always, subscribe on iTunesfollow on Podbean, and most of all, thank you once again for tuning in. Episode 36 is nearing 2000 hits, which is just awesome.

And now, the topics of conversation with estimated time stamps:

  • Sacramento Kings Summer League - 7:00
  • Vegas SL in general - 20:00
  • Players who impressed in Vegas - 23:00
  • Eric Bledsoe contract situation - 31:00
  • Kevin Love trade talks - 37:30
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Our friend and fellow Bloguin writer Philip Rossman-Reich, who does great work over at Orlando Magic Daily and Crossover Chronicles, joined James and myself to talk about his experience at the Orlando Summer League, and what he thinks of the Magic's offseason moves.

*Note* We recorded before the Magic signed Luke Ridnour, so forgive us for not seeing the future.

We talk extensively about the Orlando Summer League, and Philip shared an unique perspective having been amongst the teams, players, scouts, and other writers. If you've ever wondered how things go on in the Summer League (specifically one that is closed to the public) this is the podcast for you.

It was great to have Philip back on, and for those who missed his first appearance on the podcast, here is a link (if you're a Magic fan, you'll want to check it out). And as always, the estimated time stamps are listed below, for you listening pleasure.

  • What we think of the Aaron Gordon selection - 5:00
  • Orlando Summer League - 11:00
  • Nerlens Noel's SL performance - 12:50
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's SL performance - 14:00
  • Marcus Smart's SL performance - 15:20
  • James Ennis' strong performances, and his chances of making a roster - 24:40
  • James does a little word association with Philip on different players - 26:00
  • Orlando's offseason moves - 46:30
  • Arron Afflalo trade - 47:20
  • Channing Frye's contract - 52:20
  • Ben Gordon's contract *shudders* - 57:00

And remember folks, if you like what you hear subscribe on iTunes and follow us on Podbean. Last week's episode had over 2,200 hits, shattering our previous record. Whether you are a first time listener or tune in every week, we sincerely thank you.

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Jul 6th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 7:46 am

In the latest edition of The Lottery Mafia podcast, James and Nick were reunited for the first time in weeks, and were joined by Amar of SLC Dunk, the SB Nation blog for the Utah Jazz. The three discussed a number of hot topics (but not hot takes) surrounding the Jazz this summer, and as always they are listed below with their estimated time stamps:

  • Quin Snyder's Hiring - 4:00
  • Gordon Hayward's Restricted Free Agency - 18:00 
  • Dante Exum and Trey Burke's partnership - 38:00
  • Enes Kanter/Derrick Favors (are they the future frontcourt?) - 49:00
  • Alec Burks improvement last season - 1:00:00
  • Rudy Gorbert's potential - 1:04:00

It's a long podcast but a good one. We'd like to thank Amar for joining, and we thank you for listening. If you like what you hear, subscribe on iTunes and/or follow us on Podbean.

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Jun 23rd, 2014 by lotterymafia at 9:32 pm

The draft Thursday. 60 picks will be made. Being the The Lottery Mafia, we picked the first 14. Editor Aaron Fischman and writer Joe Atmonavage joined Nick Denning for a mock draft addition of TLM Podcast. The three of us rotated through each pick, justifying it no matter how far-fetched it sounded. Below are estimated time stamps for each pick, so if you're curious which player we dropped on your favorite team, you'll know where to jump to. Or, if you're a real NBA fan (or have an hour to kill) you'll listen to the whole thing.

*Spoiler Alert* Dario Saric was picked at some point in the mock draft. Of course, Saric waited about 12 hours after we recorded to sign a three year deal with Anadolu Efes in Turkey and pull out of the NBA Draft. Oh Dario, we could've been somebody.

Anyways, listen, enjoy, comment, critique. Subscribe on iTunes and follow us on Podbean. As always, thank you for listen. You rock.

Estimated Time Stamps:

  1. Cleveland - 3:00
  2. Milwaukee - 6:30
  3. Philadelphia - 8:30
  4. Orlando - 12:30
  5. Utah - 19:00
  6. Boston - 21:30
  7. Los Angeles - 28:30
  8. Sacramento - 36:00
  9. Charlotte - 40:30
  10. Philadelphia - 44:20
  11. Denver - 47:00 (This is purely a guess)
  12. Orland0 - 53:30
  13. Minnesota - 56:15
  14. Phoenix - 1:00:00
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Jun 17th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 8:32 am

James Plowright is joined by Kris Habbis of NBA Draft Insiders to discuss the 2014 NBA Draft. Among the topics cover:

  • Marcus Smart
  • Late Lottery Shooting Guards
  • International prospects
  • Adreian Payne, can he get into lottery
  • Second round sleepers
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Jun 6th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 8:02 am

The Sacramento Kings have a lot of questions heading into the offseason. To help answer them, we had Aaron Fischman, our new lead editor, join us. Along with his work for The Lottery Mafia, Aaron works as an editor for ESPN True Hoop Network's Cowbell Kingdom and Clippers Blog. We cover plenty of Kings related topics this week, and below as always are the estimated time stamps:

  • Mike Malone's job performance - 4:30
  • Rudy Gay (does he opt in, how successful was the trade) - 10:15
  • Derrick Williams (what went wrong, and what's his future) - 20:00
  • Ben McLemore (his rookie season, and how he can improve for next year) - 28:00
  • Isaiah Thomas (His restricted free agency, his potential as a "pizza guy") - 35:20
  • Ray McCallum (his potential w/ team, how long they coveted him out of school) - 43:00
  • 2014 NBA Draft (who do they take) - 52:30

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May 30th, 2014 by lotterymafia at 2:01 pm

The Celtics find themselves in unfamiliar territory — the lottery. To find out how Boston fans are reacting, John Karalis of RedsArmy.com joined us to speak for all Celtics fans (not really).

Of the topics covered (time stamps estimated):

  • Brad Stevens (his job this year, and how he fits long term) - 3:40
  • Rondo’s future - 18:15
  • Avery Bradley - 27:30
  • Kelly Olynyk - 37:40
  • Jared Sullinger - 43:45
  • Chris Johnson and Phil Pressey - 47:00
  • 2014 NBA Draft - 53:20

A lot is talked about in between, but those are the main points. I had more written down, but my notes are completely unreadable. The podcast however, is brilliant, all thanks to John’s A+ analysis. We thank him for coming on, and we thank you for listening. Enjoy your weekend people.

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