NBA players, retired or active, are into podcasting nowadays. The list of content creators is growing, and some even do it during the season. It's hard to follow all of them and decide which ones are worth your time. Here are the top 5 player podcasts you need to pay attention to in no particular order.
JJ Reddick’s The Old Man and The Three with Tommy Alter
JJ Reddick is a prolific podcaster. He uploads regular content with Tommy Alter, co-founder of ThreeFourTwo Productions, on their Youtube channel, which has 267,000 subscribers. Now that his career is nearing its end, it’s good to know the shooter would have no problems transitioning to being a content creator after his playing days. The show always boasts a good lineup of guests, and Reddick’s ability to connect to fellow players, active or retired, makes the show very interesting.
Another reason why you should follow The Old Man and The Three is that they break down interviews into smaller segments that can be easily watched in a few minutes. Here’s a snippet of an interview with Andre Iguodala, one of the highest views videos recently.
Richard Jefferson, Channing Frye, and Allie Clifton’s Road Trippin
Road Trippin has only a bit over 30,000 subscribers on its Youtube channel, but it does not take away that Richard Jefferson and Channing Frye are doing a great job creating content. Chemistry has to exist among hosts, and it’s a good thing that Jefferson and Frye spent time together in Cleveland Cavaliers. That's how they started the podcast - recording while on the road playing for the Cavs.
One of their most viewed videos featured Doris Burke, and it had over 100,000 views and counting.
All The Smoke Matt Barnes + Stephen Jackson
All The Smoke tells you what the show is all about - often controversial, highly entertaining, and with loads of honest takes from two former players known for being tough defenders. SHOWTIME Basketball is responsible for backing All The Smoke, and the channel has almost reached half a million subscribers. The hosts upload behind the scenes footage and opinions on the latest news in basketball. All The Smoke covers other topics as well and guests other sports personalities outside the NBA.
You can see an episode featuring Fat Joe which had more than 600,000 views. With close to 500,000 followers on Instagram, it’s also one of the most followed NBA podcasts on the platform.
Knuckleheads with Quentin Richardson and Darius Miles
Players Tribune produces Knuckleheads, and their Youtube channel has more than 600,000 subscribers. One of the most viewed episodes featured the late Kobe Bryant, and it has 1.6 million views and counting.
The podcast has more than five seasons of great content. Quentin Richardson explained the secret behind their success: letting listeners feel like they are part of the conversation.
“That was our aim, to have our vibe kind of like when we on the bus, we in the plane, in the locker room, things like that. We wanted to have that type of comfort level.”
Quentin Richardson, LA Times
It helps that Knuckleheads featured a great list of guests, including legendary players like Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, Kevin Durant, Rasheed Wallace, and A’ja Wilson. QRich and Darius Miles have cracked the secret behind generating enough intrigue: feature legendary players, and the content will take care of itself.
Ledlow and Parker with Kristen Ledlow & Candace Parker
Ledlow and Parker represent the women’s point of view coming from a long-time NBA insider and a legendary WNBA player who still plays for the Chicago Sky. Granted, these two are not NBA players, active or retired, but it’s essential to include them in this list.
Their podcast has a 4.8 rating on App Store, which shows how unique and remarkable the topics being discussed per episode are, usually taking at least 30 minutes. The hosts provide a fresh take on male-dominant sports, and it helps their listeners easily identify with Ledlow and Parker.
Other notable mentions are Gilbert Arenas’ The No Chill Podcast, Jalen & Jacoby by Jalen Rose and David Jacoby, and CJ McCollum’s Pull Up with CJ McCollum. Draymond Green, Austin Rivers, Carmelo Anthony, Kent Bazemore, Vince Carter, and Duncan Robinson all offer content via their own podcasts.
It’s hard to produce content regularly, especially if you have no major sponsors or producers editing the content. There are also scheduling conflicts with guests, so everything else needs to fall into place. So props to these players who are starting a trend. It gives fans different perspectives about basketball on and off the court.