The Starters

The Starters

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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 — Friday, Dec. 9  

On today's episode of The Drop, The Starters debate the MVP, Rookie, DPOY, Coach, Most Improved, and Sixth Man leaders at the quarter mark of the NBA season. That, plus 40-year-old hipsters, robots, Santa Claus, salad ingredients, and much more.

Thursday, Dec. 8 — Loud & Clear  

On Thursday's episode of The Starters, the guys debate which win was more of a statement: Cavs over Knicks, or Warriors over Clippers? That, plus Phil Jackson's 'Melo jab, Mo Speights sounds off, possible first-time All-Stars, and a flippin' good edition of the Meme Team.

Wed., Dec. 7 — The King's Revenge?  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, the guys predict what LeBron James will do to Phil Jackson's Knicks tonight, and debate whether the Clips can put up a fight against the Warriors. That, plus Chia Pets, Grub Tubs, quiet 50-point games, circus shots, and Larry Legend's 60th birthday!

Tuesday, Dec. 6 — Klaystation  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Klay Thompson's 60-point night, Al Horford's botched game-winning layup, and this very weird Rockets-Motiejunas situation. That, plus trick shots, Dennis Scott live from Minny, and a Very Solid Play controversy.

Twitter Show — Tuesday, Dec. 6  

On today's episode of The Starters Twitter Show, the guys discuss Klay Thompson's 60-point night, what the NBA needs to do about Draymond Green's kicks, Nick Van Exel trivia, early All-NBA First Team predictions, chewing gum, back hair, and much more.

Monday, Dec. 5 — Groundhog Day  

On Monday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Rondo's latest suspension, Draymond's latest kick, and Westbrook's latest triple-double. All that, plus Joel Embiid wants in the 3-Point Shootout, the sky is falling in Atlanta, Weekend Whoopsies, and more.

The Drop (Q1 Quarterly Report) — Fri., Dec. 2  

On today's episode of The Drop, The Starters give you some NBA market analysis regarding undervalued and overvalued teams, blue chip prospects, and which team needs to diversify their portfolio by making a trade. That, plus generic births, Draymond Green's latest kick, hairstyles, kites, throwing lobs, and so much more.

Thursday, Dec. 1 — Under The Sea  

On Thursday's episode of The Starters, Leigh pays off his Pick 'Em loss while the guys discuss: LeBron's SI Sportsperson of the Year, Reggie Jackson's imminent return to the Pistons, and whether the Rockets will match to keep Donatas Motiejunas. That, plus a look at tonight's TNT doubleheader, and a slippery new edition of The Meme Team.

Wed. Nov. 30 — Whatever Happened To Predictability?  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss the craziness that was last night in the NBA, including that Clippers/Nets double-OT game, Giannis and AD's stat lines, and J.R. Smith's hilarious defensive lapse. All that, plus "Full House" remakes, the Top 10 weirdest jump shots in NBA history, and a super important Pick 'Em play!

Tuesday, Nov. 29 — Russ, Dubs, Conley  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys determine whether they're in sync when it comes to Westbrook's triple-double potential, the Warriors' MVP, and Mike Conley's injury impact on the Grizz. That, plus an under-the-radar edition of Crossfire, and Trey joins us live from SLC to give us the scoop on D'Antoni's missing mustache.

Twitter Show — Tuesday, Nov. 29  

On today's episode of The Starters Twitter Show, the guys discuss the Warriors' hot start, Draymond Green's Defensive Player of the Year chances, and Russell Westbrook's triple-double onslaught. That, plus active three-point leaders, Wes Anderson movies, rollercoasters, Power Tankings, "Say What?" and more.

Monday, Nov. 28 — The Minny Dunk Debate  

On Monday's episode of The Starters, the guys debate who had the better dunk: Zach LaVine or Andrew Wiggins; who will finish with more triple-doubles: LeBron or Westbrook; and who had the worse Thanksgiving weekend: Clips or Hawks. That, plus the Mavs don't want to tank, Bradley Beal's $15K fine, and Whoopsies.

Thanksgiving Drop — Wed., Nov. 23  

On today's episode of The Drop, The Starters give thanks to the NBA for a new crop of big men, the league's super young talent, and an entertaining Lakers squad. That, plus predictions gone wrong, potatoes, dreams, T-Giving bars, and so much more.

Tuesday, Nov. 22 — Best Team? Best Player?  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys determine whether they're in sync when it comes to the NBA's best team, MVP leader, and most likely trade piece. That, plus Trey joins us live from Denver, and Leigh moderates a Thanksgiving edition of Crossfire!

Twitter Show — Tuesday, Nov. 22  

On today's episode of The Starters Twitter Show, the guys ask some NBA/Thanksgiving questions, such as which young player is ready to make the jump from the kid's table to the adult table? That, plus the league's best shot blockers, Moist, beards, Bill Walton, nicknames, "Say What?" and the multi-faceted potato.

Monday, Nov. 21 — Clock Talk  

On Monday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss the Raptors-Kings controversial ending, Dwight Howard elbows, and the Curry 3 kicks. That, plus Jrue Holiday's solid return, the Bucks trolling bandwagon Golden State fans, and a sick new batch of Weekend Whoopsies.

The Drop — Friday, Nov. 18  

On today's episode of The Drop, The Starters discuss Andrew Wiggins' development, which team has the best young roster in the league, and Rudy Gay-to-OKC trade rumors. That, plus player-coach relationships, Kevin Garnett, why Phil Jackson won't apologize, intense bathroom sighs, and much more.

Thursday, Nov. 17 — Power Walks & Dagger Dunks  

On Thursday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Marc Gasol's game-winning power walk, Porzingis' career night, and Westbrook's dagger dunk. That, plus a new round of "How I'll Remember You," Drake and Doris in The Meme Team, and more.

Wed. Nov. 16 — Three Questions  

On Wednesday's episode of The Starters, the guys play a new game called "3-on-3" regarding Harden vs. Westbrook, Phil Jackson's LeBron/posse comments, and Paul George's East ranking. That, plus which team most needs their injured player back, Drake Night, potential "Space Jam 2" titles, and so much more.

Tuesday, Nov. 15 — Kevin McHale  

On Tuesday's episode of The Starters, the guys discuss the Clips' 10-1 start, whether any coach will be fired this season, and headbutt high fives. That, plus Celtics Hall of Famer Kevin McHale joins us to talk mustaches and go-to moves, and Jared Greenberg, live from Cleveland, weighs in on Phil Jackson's "LeBron's posse" comments.

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