The Best NBA Podcasts

Podcasts are on the rise lately and there are some awesome NBA podcasts to listen to. Being podcasters ourselves, we listen to several NBA shows regularly. It seemed fitting, then, to share a list of our favorite NBA podcasts.

This is not a complete list, by any means. Some of the shows that we listen to didn’t make the top five. But five seemed like a good starting place.

These shows will keep you up to speed on what’s going on around the league.

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UPDATE: We added a bonus podcast to this list!

Five NBA Podcasts to Stay In the Know

The Woj Pod

Everyone knows Adrian Wojnarowski from Twitter. His “Woj Bombs” are what NBA fans live for during trade season and free agency.

Bottom line, the dude has connections.

Those connections get him some awesome guests. The 2019 guest list included Stephen Curry, Mike D’Antoni, David Griffin, Doc Rivers, Jeff Van Gundy, and Daryl Morey.

And Woj is a great interviewer.

He gets into the culture of the NBA. He talks to front office executives about the mindset behind decisions, and the player relationships fans can’t see. You’ll hear about the realness of what it means to be a player, a coach, a GM, or an owner.

Listen to this podcast to get a mature, well-rounded understanding of the NBA.

Brian Windhorst and The Hoop Collective

Brian Windhorst himself is a great resource for NBA news and insights. The Hoop Collective adds another layer of analysis from different reporters.

The group podcast includes ESPN Insiders with varying perspectives and insider sources. The discussion is informing and fun to listen to – not an easy feat. Listen to this podcast to hear a complete picture of current news stories and their impact on the league.

The Full 48

The Full 48 is, well, actually longer than a 48-minute podcast. But the 1-hour runtime is well worth it.

Like The Woj Pod, Howard Beck’s podcast hosts influential guests from the NBA. He interviews current and former players, NBA insiders, and team executives. Each guest gives a look inside the league and talks about what’s behind the headlines that fans see. Imagine asking the guys who made the NBA schedule why there aren’t fewer back-to-backs. Or what if you could ask Kareem Abdul-Jabber what his favorite All-Star game moment is?

Those are the kinds of conversations you get to listen in on during The Full 48, like a fly on the wall.

Listen to this podcast for deep discussions on NBA headlines with people us mere mortals can only dream of getting in a room with.

The Old Man and the Three

It’s not every day you get an inside look at the NBA from a player’s perspective.

JJ Redick’s podcast is an opportunity to see things through the eyes of a guy that’s in it.

Redick is a thoughtful person and that shows in each episode. He and his guests – usually other NBA players – go deep into culture, mindset, process, and life.

Listen to this podcast to see the real side of the NBA and what being an NBA player is like. What is it like to be traded? What is like to get up at 5 am every morning to work on your game? How does the noise from the outside world affect players?

Each episode is an intriguing study.

The Lowe Post

The description for this podcast is, “ESPN’s Zach Lowe talks to various basketball people about various basketball things.” It sounds vague and unpredictable, and it totally is.

There’s no real discernable schedule for this show or theme to most of the discussions. Zach just gets some awesome guests on and has a conversation about whatever is happening in the NBA.

It’s a great show for a general “state of the NBA” update. You’ll hear insider opinions from writers, players, and other media types.

Listen to this podcast to stay up-to-date with what’s going on, get a wider view of teams. You’ll be entertained along the way.

Bonus Podcast!

No Dunks

These guys have been in the NBA podcast game for a while, and they’re back with a new show. After starring in the NBA TV show The Starters for several years, J.E. Skeets, Tas Melas, Leigh Ellis, and Trey Kerby are back to podcasts.

No Dunks picks up right where the guys left off, with the same easy conversation, intelligent analysis, and fun times. Their chemistry makes this a fun show to listen to, but they also share real insights into the game. It’s the best of both worlds.

Listen to their daily show in The Athletic’s app or in the other streaming apps listed above.

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