The Starters

The Starters

Australia

The Starters is a daily NBA podcast hosted by J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas that breaks down the league's biggest games, story lines, and off-court antics.

Episodes

The Drop Off: Hot Takes  

On today's Drop Off, The Starters share some red-hot takes: Is college stupid? Is the summer overrated? Was Mother Theresa really all that great?

The Drop Off: Table Topics  

On today's Drop Off, The Starters play a round of Table Topics, a party game which asks such controversial questions as: Which of your personality traits would you like to change? What would you most like to ask God? And, what do you miss about being single?

The Drop Off: The Party Draft  

On today's Drop Off, The Starters draft the perfect party from categories including: 90s bands, salty snacks, D-list celebrities, and fast food caterers.

The Drop Off: Would You Rather  

On today's Drop Off, The Starters answer listener-submitted Would You Rather questions, including: Would you rather eat poop-flavored chocolate or chocolate-flavored poop? Would you rather be the world's greatest badminton player or the 12th man on an NBA team? And, would you rather drool uncontrollably in public or moan loudly after every sentence?

Tuesday, July 11 - Fultz No. 1's  

On Tuesday night's episode of The Starters, live from NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, 76ers No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz joins us to draft his number one rapper, Philly legend, dessert, and more. That, plus Day 5 highlights, more offseason grades, and Trey Fieri.

Monday, July 10 - Baller Style!  

On Monday night's episode of The Starters, live from Las Vegas Summer League, the guys get to the bottom of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball's injury, discuss his triple-double, and play a new game called, "Baller or Nah?" That, plus we take another crack at half-court shots, check out some Day 4 highlights, and hand out some offseason grades.

Sunday, July 9 - What Does The Fox Say?  

On Sunday night's episode of The Starters, live from MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, the guys help Kings rookie De'Aaron Fox build his NBA.com bio, discuss Dennis Smith Jr.'s ROY potential, grade the Raptors-Pacers trade, and more.

Saturday, July 8 - Oh No!  

On Saturday's show from Summer League, The Starters dissect both the Lonzo Ball-Jayson Tatum battle and Markelle Fultz's first game in Vegas. They also debate the latest NBA transactions including if James Harden is worth his $170M record-setting extension, DeMarre Carroll's trade to the Nets, and whether the Rockets should go after Carmelo Anthony.

Friday, July 7 - Back To The Desert  

On Friday night's episode of The Starters, live from MGM Resorts NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, the guys discuss Lonzo Ball's debut, go "Fact Checkin'" with Suns rookie Josh Jackson, and chat about the Celtics trading Avery Bradley to the Pistons.

Free Agency Drop - Saturday, July 1  

On today's episode of The Drop, the guys discuss the shocking Paul George trade, the Clippers giving Blake Griffin the max, Jeff Teague heading to Minnesota, who wins the Gordon Hayward sweepstakes, and all of the reported deals and rumors.

Friday, June 30 - 2017 NBA Free Agency Preview  

On Friday night's episode of The Starters, the guys play a special free agency edition of "Whatchu Got?" in regards to Gordon Hayward, Blake Griffin, and other NBA rumors. That, plus thoughts on the Wolves trading Ricky Rubio, the Rockets acquiring Chris Paul, and the Knicks finally parting ways with Phil Jackson. Enjoy!

The Drop - Friday, June 23  

On today's episode of The Drop, the guys discuss the blockbuster Jimmy Butler deal, NBA Draft winners, and the week's biggest deals (Lakers/Nets, Hornets/Hawks) and rumors (Paul George, Kristaps Porzingis, LaMarcus Aldridge).

2016-17 NBA Season Trivia Spectacular  

On today's 2016-17 NBA Season In Review Quiz, an epic rivalry between Skeets & Trey (Team Champagne Goggles) and Tas & Leigh (Team Clifford the Normal-Sized Dog) continues. Who will prove they know more about the NBA? Who will argue most about the rules? Who will disown their teammate? Find out and play along!

2017 NBA Playoff Awards  

On today's special episode of The Starters, the guys debate some of the biggest hardware winners from the entire 2017 NBA postseason. Categories include: Playoff MVP, Breakout Player, Best Dunk, Funniest Press Conference Moment, and much more. That, plus we'll revisit some of our favorite NBA Finals moments. Enjoy.

Tuesday, June 13 - Warriors World  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys debate whether the 2017 Finals were a disappointment, if Kevin Durant's first title is tainted, and the impact this loss has on LeBron's legacy. All that, plus Leigh files a soggy report from the Warriors' winning locker room, and we countdown the Top 10 Plays of the NBA Finals.

Twitter Show - Tuesday, June 13  

On today's Twitter Show, the guys discuss the Warriors' 2017 title, Kevin Durant's Finals MVP, and LeBron's next move. All that, plus 3-on-3 ball, NBA necks, champagne goggles, giraffes, and so much more. Thanks for listening!

Monday, June 12 - Here We Go Again?  

On Monday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss what to watch for in Game 5, including which team strikes first, who controls the pace, and whether Coach Kerr will unleash "The Death Lineup." All that, plus Leigh talks to Commissioner Silver about potential rule changes, fatherhood, and selfies.

The Drop - Friday, June 9  

On today's episode of The Drop, the guys discuss the Finals, whether a Warriors dynasty is good for the NBA, and LeBron and the Cavs' immediate future. That, plus Curry's fake poop, Batman movies, veteran ring-chasers, computer power, and the hottest 4-bar Friday yet.

Thursday, June 8 - On The Verge  

On Thursday's episode of The Starters, the guys breakdown Game 3 of the NBA Finals, including the Cavs' final possessions, KD's clutch three-pointer, and whether the Warriors will sweep. All that, plus Leigh talks to Andre Iguodala and Scottie Pippen, and we're stylin' and profilin' as we countdown Game 3's most buzzworthy moments.

Wed., June 7 - Know Your Role  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss what to watch for in Game 3, including whether the Cavs will continue to play fast and their role players' at home. That, plus we talk to Raptors coach Dwane Casey about the Finals, Kyle Lowry's free agency, and the future of his team; and Leigh joins us live from The Land.

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