Jordan Bellant keeps the podcast rolling this week with Jacob Kuyvenhoven to review the first 10 games of the regular season. While Ben is away on paternity leave from the pod, Jacob fills in and uses the first episode to highlight some of the early season storylines.
Starting with the focus on the last week of basketball (2:45), Jacob offers his big picture understanding of the Pistons. Jordan is nervous about the team still losing winnable games (4:10), but Jacob calms those fears.
After talking about the Nuggets game (6:00), it leads to a conversation about Andre Drummond’s early season play (7:25). After talking about how to hide his deficiencies, Jordan asks about pairing AD with Jon Leuer (10:15).
Jacob offers his biggest concern about the Pistons (12:00), and how that concern is magnified by Ish Smith (13:10). Then Jacob answers Ben’s final question from the last pod: Who would you rather have backing up Reggie Jackson, when he returns (15:10)?
Moving on to another disappointing player through ten games: is it time to hit the panic button with Stanley Johnson (17:20)? Also, how the return of the other Reggie (Bullock) could impact Johnson’s role (20:05).
Next, it’s time to talk about Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (20:55). Jacob asks a simple question: What’s the downside to signing him (23:00)? Jordan then points out usual criticisms of his game.
To follow the KCP talk is more KCP trade talk (25:35)! Jacob gives his opinion on KCP+Baynes for Tyreke Evans and Jordan comes off the trade ledge (26:50). Finally, Jacob explains why he is so bullish on keeping KCP (29:55).
The duo continues on to the Eastern Conference (31:00). Jacob gives teams that have surprised thus far in the relatively young NBA season (34:00).
Looking around the rest of the NBA, Jordan and Jacob talk about the Lakers (36:00), the baby T’Wolves (37:00), and both teams playoff odds.
The podcast ends by previewing the Oklahoma City Thunder (38:35). Starting with the Thunder’s recent loss to the Magic and then what to expect in Monday’s game with the Pistons. If it’s a close game, Jacob talks about what to expect in late game situations (40:30).
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