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Nate Duncan


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Nate Duncan hosts the most in-depth NBA basketball podcast, featuring detailed game breakdowns, salary cap analysis, and scouting.

1017 Episodes

MIN/DEN Game 6; The Free Agent Centers

Transcribed - Published: 17 May 2024

MIN/DEN and IND/NYK Game 4s; Lotto Chaos

Transcribed - Published: 13 May 2024

DAL/OKC and CLE/BOS Game 2s; Bud to Replace Vogel?

Transcribed - Published: 10 May 2024

ORL/CLE Game 7; CLE/BOS and DAL/OKC Series Outlooks

Transcribed - Published: 6 May 2024

PHI/NYK and IND/MIL Game 6

Transcribed - Published: 3 May 2024

The Weekend Game 4s

Transcribed - Published: 29 April 2024


Transcribed - Published: 26 April 2024

Playoffs Week 1: The CRUCIBLE 2024

Transcribed - Published: 25 April 2024

All 8 Game 1s of the 2024 1st Round

Transcribed - Published: 22 April 2024

LAL/DEN, ORL/CLE, PHX/MIN, DAL/LAC Outlooks; Jontay Porter Banned

Is there a reason to think this year’s Denver/Lakers series will go better for LA than last year’s? What strengths and weaknesses do the playoff newcomers from Orlando bring to challenge the Cavs? The Suns are favored in this series, should they be? What specific matchup problems do they cause for the Wolves? Luka vs Kawhi is perhaps the best matchup of the first round. Plus, the news that Jontay Porter is banned from the NBA and Zion Williamson will be out weeks with his hamstring issue.

Transcribed - Published: 18 April 2024

The 2024 Postseason is Set

A fascinating final day of action unfolds, with huge games between Orlando and Milwaukee, Phoenix and Minnesota, and LA and New Orleans overshadowed by….Cleveland and Charlotte? Why JB Bickerstaff’s closing lineup will go down in tanking lore. Plus, the Knicks’ fascinating decision (which they may not even have considered) of whether to win against Chicago, the Bulls’ curious decision to go for it against New York, and whether the Lakers should actually consider losing the 7 vs 8 game to avoid the Nuggets.

Transcribed - Published: 15 April 2024

Nate vs. Danny On Over/Unders 2023-24

It’s time to take stock of how we did on our preseason over/under picks and analyze what went right and what went wrong for our preseason predictions, and also see who will be crowned the over/under king this season.

Transcribed - Published: 12 April 2024

End of Season NBA Awards 2023-24

It’s time for Dunc’d On’s final picks for the league’s major awards. Find out who we picked for all of the major awards, including MVP, All-NBA,, ROY, COY, and 6MOY. Plus, our picks for sophomore of the year, Executive of the Year, and Not Executive of the Year.

Transcribed - Published: 8 April 2024

The Defense Episode 2023-24

It’s time for the most thorough evaluation of NBA defense you are going to find. We pick our official positionless All-Defensive Teams, sure, but we really have some fun picking the best defenders at each position 1-5. Then it’s time for Worst-Team All-Defense, as we select the weakest defenders at each position and the No-Defense Player of the Year. Plus, Nate has his picks for the defenders who most improved and declined this year, and a few categories including: Best post defender Best getting over screens Best rim protector Best iso defenders Most disruptive Does the most with the least Does the least with the most Better than you think Worse than you think

Transcribed - Published: 4 April 2024

7 in 70 (Eastern Conference 4.1.24)

BOS: Is the Porzingis postup a panacea for their late game ills? ATL: What do we make of the sans Trae stretch by Dejounte Murray? BRK: Is Lonnie Walker a solid third scoring guard going forward? DET & WAS played a huge double tank game. IND: Should you put your center on Siakam or Turner? CHA: The final word on Miles Bridges this season

Transcribed - Published: 1 April 2024

The Best Young Cores 2023-24

In what is annually one of the more controversial episodes, it’s time to look at which teams are best set up for the future by examining the best young cores of players 25 and under. It’s a banner year for teams which have been winning with young players–how do they all stack up?

Transcribed - Published: 29 March 2024

7 in 63 (Western Conference 3.25.24)

NOP: Did the Orlando Magic EXPOSE the way to beat the Pels in the playoffs? GSW: The Warriors really struggle against athleticism HOU: Amen Thompson and Jalen Green have led the Rox to 8 straight wins SAS and MEM: The Spurs wanted to beat the Grizz to get the Raps’ pick, but a Taylor Jenkins end-of-game play won it. DEN: The Nuggets have a great fastball, and teams have seen it a lot since they’ve been so healthy POR: How has Kris Murray’s turn as a starter been going?

Transcribed - Published: 25 March 2024

Point Guard Rankings 2023-24

Nate and Danny have a big disagreement at number 1, and then struggle to order the rest of the big stars at the position. Where do Steph, Dame, Shai, Brunson, the Tyreses, De’Aaron, Kyrie, Ja, and all the rest of the league’s playmakers slot in? Where do we draw the line between a good number 1 and a great number 2?

Transcribed - Published: 22 March 2024

Four, Yes Four, in 60

We got a ton of questions on the Knicks, Hornets, Cavs, and Bulls, so we went long to discuss matters such as whether the former Pistons will be in the Knicks’ playoff rotation, which Hornets will be on the team when they next make the playoffs, whether the Cavs will over- or underperform in the postseason, and whether Zach LaVine will be a Bull at the start of next season.

Transcribed - Published: 18 March 2024

Small Forward Rankings 2023-24

It’s time to tackle the league’s most star-studded position. Where do KD, Kawhi, Luka, LeBron, Tatum, Jimmy, and the rest of the stars land? And which guys represent solid two-way options at the position further down the table? Who are the biggest risers and fallers year-over-year?

Transcribed - Published: 14 March 2024

9 in 82 (Western Conference 3.11.24)

PHX: How is Royce O’Neale fitting in? MEM: Should the Grizz count on Santi Aldama as a key piece next season? NOP: The Pels have gotten separation in the race for the 5th seed LAC: Do the Clippers have enough shooting? LAL: Why is Anthony Davis’ efficiency only average for his position? DAL: Can the Mavs defense be good enough to win a playoff series? HOU: What are our hopes for Jalen Green? SAC: Can Sacramento afford Malik Monk in free agency? POR: Banton down the hatches!

Transcribed - Published: 12 March 2024

6 in 87 (Western Conference 3.10.24)

Transcribed - Published: 10 March 2024

8 in 69 (Eastern Conference 3.4.24)

IND: Tyrese Haliburton is struggling since his return from injury. BRK and ATL BATTLE IT OUT for 10th-seed bragging rights BOS: The Celtics are one of the best regular season teams ever CHI: What of Patrick Williams’ 4th season? DET: Cade Cunningham is…kind of on track? ORL: Franz Wagner’s offensive game as he nears his extension window TOR: The Raps are very injured, should that change their approach to their top-6 protected pick? Plus, Immanuel Quickley’s performance in Toronto.

Transcribed - Published: 4 March 2024

NBA Awards March 2024

It’s time for Dunc’d On’s monthly check-in on the league’s major awards. Find out who we picked for all of the major awards, including MVP, All-NBA, DPOY, ROY, COY, and 6MOY. Plus, our picks for sophomore of the year, Executive of the Year, and Not Executive of the Year.

Transcribed - Published: 1 March 2024

12 in 120 (Western Conference 2.26.24)

Our bi-weekly look at the Western Conference: MIN: Anthony Edwards vs other great shooting guards at 22 OKC and LAC played a very revealing game that both really went for NOP: The subtle decline in Zion’s game DAL: The Mavs are smoking with Daniel Gafford on the floor SAC: How the Kings’ rim protection has improved, and are they getting “lucky” so far? PHX: The Suns badly miss Bradley LAL: How sustainable is D’Angelo Russell’s recent play? HOU: The state of Alperen Sengun’s game in his 3rd season MEM: Is there still hope for Ziaire Williams? POR: Matisse Thybulle’s offensive game, and why Deandre Ayton is having the worst FT drawing season by a big in NBA history SAS: Victor is that guy already

Transcribed - Published: 26 February 2024

Worst Contracts in the NBA 2024

With the trade deadline in the rearview mirror, we take a look at which are the worst contracts in the NBA going forward. What is the right way to measure this, and how many Bulls are on the list?!

Transcribed - Published: 20 February 2024

15 in 60 Mailbag! (East 2.11.24)

A mailbag edition of our bi-weekly look at the East has a ton of great questions, including but not limited to: ATL: Why is Trae disrespected, how do they make the math work this offseason? BOS: C’s or the field in the East? BRK: What young player would you move Mikal Bridges for? Is this 2025 cap space plan a good idea? CHA: Brandon Miller! CHI: How long until the Bulls have new leadership? CLE: Why are the Cavs absolutely destroying teams right now? DET: Our thoughts on the Grimes/Ivey/Cade trio IND: The development of the Pacers’ young players is now the key to true contention MIA: If the Heat are healthy, are we really gonna pick all these other teams over them in a playoff series? MIL: What has changed under Doc, and is Dame not able to bring it every night anymore? NYK: The Knicks’ playoff chances. ORL: Jonathan Isaac is closing games for the Magic, and what type of player do they need to take another step? PHI: Why do people think that “aloof buffoon” Daryl Morey is a good GM? (We don’t write the questions.) TOR: RJ Barrett’s improved efficiency WAS: Should Wiz just bench Poole? Who will make the playoffs first among the East’s terrible trio?

Transcribed - Published: 12 February 2024

The 2024 Trade Deadline

Transcribed - Published: 8 February 2024

West 15 in 60, Embiid and LaVine Surgeries

Transcribed - Published: 5 February 2024

Prime Sneak Preview: Jake Fischer Forecasts the Deadline

Transcribed - Published: 3 February 2024

Fascinating HOU/MEM Trade; the Joel Fiasco

Danny wasn’t a fan of the Houston/Memphis trade for either team–can Nate convince him otherwise? The All-Star teams are announced–how did the coaches do this year? Everyone involved in this latest Joel Embiid injury saga has egg on their face: The Sixers, the League, the Media, and Joel himself. Plus, we catch up on the latest news around the league, including the Julius Randle injury, the soaring Knicks and Cavs, and the rest of the injury reports around the NBA.

Transcribed - Published: 2 February 2024

Mock Trade Deadline 2024 Part 1

Transcribed - Published: 30 January 2024

Doc Rivers Hired; MIA, ATL, CHA Trade Deadline Outlook

A breakdown of the Doc Rivers hiring in Milwaukee. Is he the right man for the job? Yes, in one very specific way. Were better coaches realistically available? How will Miami follow up their trade for Terry Rozier? We discuss what Miami’s main weakness is post-trade, and whether it would be realistic to get out of the tax. Atlanta is perhaps the most active team in trade rumors. What should they be looking for in a trade for Dejounte Murray, and what other players could be on the move with yet another tax crunch looming next season? The Hornets have moved into sell mode, and they do have some solid players to send out in return for questionable salary.

Transcribed - Published: 25 January 2024

An NBA Finals Preview? 8 in 84 on the East (1.22.24)

BOS: A 30-minute deep dive on the Denver game as an NBA Finals preview ATL: The Hawks got a couple of Dejounte Murray game-winners, but disappointments on the wing are holding them back ORL: They get Franz Wagner back but still can’t shoot 3s CLE: How are the Cavs 12-3 since the Garland injury? CHA: An unserious basketball team WAS: Bilal Coulibaly’s efforts weren’t enough to beat his former teammate and the Spurs MIA: The Heat are oddly scuffling as they’re gotten their healthiest TOR: Their game against Miami was an optimistic view of the new-look Raps

Transcribed - Published: 22 January 2024

The Pascal Siakam Trade

Indiana gets their man in free agent-to-be Pascal Siakam. Why the Pacers pulled the trigger now despite the potential cost, and how he fits with this Indiana group. Plus, what the opportunity cost is, and how the Pacers set themselves up to absorb such a big salary. For Toronto, it’s the end of a championship era, but Masai Ujiri ultimately did well in moving Siakam and OG Anunoby.

Transcribed - Published: 17 January 2024

WAS/DET Trade; 5 in the West

The Pistons and Wizards evince two different rebuilding philosophies in the Marvin Bagley trade. Then, our bi-weekly look at 6 teams in the West: SAC: It was Dame Time again, despite Mike Brown’s attempts to overshadow it with a video tutorial. MIN and LAC: Rudy Gobert’s latest matchup against the Clippers went far better than in his Utah days SAS: Victor Wembanyama is making the most of his limited time as the Spurs emerge from the basement. HOU: Is Amen Thompson looking like he has star potential?

Transcribed - Published: 15 January 2024

What Are the Futures of the Warriors and Lakers?

The trade deadline approacheth, and the Warriors and Lakers are nowhere near where they need to be. So, how should each of them be approaching the trade deadline? For Golden State, is this team worth “saving” with a big trade? For LA, could supplementing an underperforming rotation around LeBron and AD get them back into championship contention?

Transcribed - Published: 12 January 2024

6 in 61 (Eastern Conference 1.8.23)

Our bi-weekly look at the Eastern Conference begins with the 6 teams at the top. BOS: Their game against OKC showcased perhaps the 2 most modern styles in the NBA. MIL: How is Giannis Antetokounmpo having his most efficient season? PHI/NYK: New York has its most complete game of the season at the expense of the Sixers. ORL: Paolo Banchero carried the Magic on their West Coast trip. Plus, is Jalen Suggs the best defensive guard? MIA: Kyle Lowry’s reliable season has kept Miami afloat.

Transcribed - Published: 8 January 2024

Wemby vs. Giannis; GSW Drama

Victor Wembanyama vs Giannis Antetokounmpo was must-watch TV, and must-listen podcasting. Golden State has another candidate for their worst loss of the season, and did Jonathan Kuminga make a good business decision by leaking that he has “lost confidence” in Steve Kerr? Plus, the rest of the news, including whether Darvin Ham’s seat is justifiably getting warmer in LA.

Transcribed - Published: 6 January 2024

The Biggest Stories of 2023

As tradition demands, Danny and Nate ring in the New Year with a look back at the biggest NBA storylines of 2023, and also compare those to what we thought would be the biggest stories at this time last year. But first, we catch up on the biggest news from the league over the holiday weekend, including the return of Bradley Beal to the Suns.

Transcribed - Published: 3 January 2024

Detroit Infamy

The Pistons are now the sole record holders, losers of 27 consecutive games in a single season. We recap their loss to Brooklyn despite Cade Cunningham’s heroics, discuss how they got themselves in this mess, and how much owner Tom Gores is to blame. Then we catch up on news around the NBA. What are the odds Mark Cuban still runs basketball operations for Dallas in 2025? Plus, the rest of the news around the league, including the potential effect of Aaron Gordon’s injury in Denver.

Transcribed - Published: 28 December 2023

15 in 60 Mailbag (West 12.23.23)

Our bi-weekly look at the Western Conference with great questions from listeners: UTA: Did they blow up the Mitchell/Gobert team too early? What are the trade possibilities? SAS: Should the Spurs be tanking hard? Would Trae Young be a fit? SAC: Can they afford Malik Monk? Should they make a lower-level trade for a forward? POR: Anfernee Simons, point guard? PHX: What do they need to add in a trade? What’s the concern level right now? OKC: Will Sam Presti approach adding to this young core differently than the last one? NOP: Should they look to trade either of their All-Stars? And why the Pels have a high floor MIN: Yes or no only: Would we have done the Gobert trade knowing what we do now? MEM: Who do they move to elevate Vince Williams? Should they look to improve this year’s team or is it too late? LAL: Is Cam Reddish playing well enough to start for a great team? Who are the realistic trade targets? LAC: Is Ivica Zubac good enough on D to help a deep playoff run? HOU: When is the Jedi 3-point defense real? How valuable is Ime Udoka vs Stephen Silas? GSW: Who should the main rotation players be when healthy? DEN: Discussing Reggie Jackson’s 6th man candidacy and Peyton Watson’s role in the playoff rotation. DAL: How are they running more this year?

Transcribed - Published: 24 December 2023

Top-10 Prospects in the NBA 2023-24 with John, Danny, and Nate

The annual tradition continues, a Dunc’d On and Hollinger & Duncan crossover to rank the top-10 prospects in the NBA 23 and under. Is Victor Wembanyama an obvious number 1 even with the Spurs’ struggles? What do we make of Zion Williamson’s up and down season? How high will Scottie Barnes rise? Is Paolo Banchero proving he can be the centerpiece of a winning team? Is being named Tyrese a huge advantage in NBA basketball? What about the rest of the ballyhooed 2023 draft? These and more questions were answered in an over 2-hour discussion!

Transcribed - Published: 20 December 2023

Mailbag: 9 East Teams in 97 Minutes

We took questions from listeners on Twitter to frame our bi-weekly discussion about the East. Some (but not all) of the key queries: DET: Does this crazy losing streak change the plan? PHI: Is there an all-in trade for the dominant Sixers? BRK: Should the Nets be in buy or sell mode ahead of their 2025 plan? ORL: What are the chances the Magic win a playoff series? BOS: Is there concern about a Jrue Holiday decline? Is Jayson Tatum overrated? CHA: Should the Hornets look to move Terry Rozier, and who should be their 2-guard of the future? IND: Who should the Pacers target in a win-now move? MIL: Would trading Bobby Portis for wing depth be feasible or advisable? CHI: Is Coby White a future top-15 point guard?

Transcribed - Published: 18 December 2023

The Trends of 2023-24 with Jared Dubin

Jared Dubin makes a living making observations on each night’s games, so he’s the best person we could think of to take stock of some of the biggest (and smallest) on-court trends and strategic machinations that have characterized the NBA this season.

Transcribed - Published: 15 December 2023

15 in 60 Part 1 (West 12.11.23)

Part 1 of our bi-weekly look at the Western Conference MEM: Desmond Bane’s improved play this year has been a silver lining. SAS: Have the last few games been a watershed moment for Victor Wembanyama? UTA: Keyonte George is struggling statistically, is there reason for optimism? HOU: The newcomers have made a huge difference MIN: Mike Conley’s old school point guard game has been irreplaceable for the Wolves PHX: With Beal’s return on the horizon, how will their rotation and closing group shake out? GSW: Have the Warriors reached a watershed moment with Jonathan Kuminga? POR: They’ve returned to playing competent basketball!

Transcribed - Published: 11 December 2023

Tournament Semifinals

LeBron James authors one of his best performances against a Pels team totally unprepared for the onslaught. And the Indiana Pacers continue their improbable run to the semifinals behind the continued brilliance of Tyrese Haliburton, while the Bucks’ season-long flaws caught up to them. Plus, why the NBA has to change the timing of the first semifinal next year.

Transcribed - Published: 8 December 2023

NBA Awards December 2023

Hoo boy, the NBA threw us a curveball by eliminating positions for All-NBA. So…this was a long one, but we got to everything. Find out who we picked for all of the major awards, including MVP, All-NBA, DPOY, ROY, COY, and 6MOY. Plus, our picks for sophomore of the year, Executive of the Year, and Not Executive of the Year.

Transcribed - Published: 4 December 2023

Dunc’d On Prime Discord Live Show 11.29.23

Our first chance this year to get on live with Dunc’d On Prime subscribers. Some great questions: How would we redraft 2021? What is the minimum return you’d accept for your pending free agents in Toronto? Why is the Pistons’ defense bad despite playing defense-first players? Why are American players not the best in the world anymore? How is Calgary Ginger Beef? What factors do you consider when writing a player off as a prospect?

Transcribed - Published: 30 November 2023

East 15 in 60 Part 2 (11.27.23)

Transcribed - Published: 28 November 2023

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