1. Bleacher Report's Official NBA Summer League All-Star Team

    Wins and losses might not matter much in NBA Summer League , but the same can't be said about players' individual performances...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 122,961 reads 252 comments

  2. Each Suitor's Potential Pitch to LeBron James in 2014

    Remember the hysteria created by LeBron James ' first foray into free agency back in the summer of 2010? That'll be nothing compared to what happens if James decides to exercise ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 49,731 reads 215 comments

  3. Re-Ranking NBA's Most Influential Executives

    The NBA 's power structure is being turned on its head under the latest collective bargaining agreement. The league's preeminent franchises, such as the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers, can't simply outspend small-market teams anymore...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 17,678 reads 70 comments

  4. A Forlorn Farewell to Andrew Bynum from a Tormented Philadelphia 76ers Fan

    When the Philadelphia 76ers traded for Andrew Bynum in August 2012, I described the trade as "grand larceny" for the Sixers. One year later, it's harrowing to admit just how wrong I was...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 5,191 reads 16 comments

  5. NBA Teams That Still Have Their Amnesty Provision, and How They Should Use It

    With the 2013 July moratorium now lifted, teams are once again free to release an underperforming player with their "amnesty provision...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 31,545 reads 85 comments

  6. If Dwight Howard Really Cared About Winning, He Would Have Signed for Less

    Dwight Howard claims that above all else, he put a premium on winning when weighing his free-agency options during the 2013 offseason, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin and Ramona Shelburne ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 7,847 reads 89 comments

  7. Philadelphia 76ers' Trade for Royce White Is Ultimate Low-Risk, High-Reward Move

    Dwight Howard may be stealing all the 2013 offseason headlines, but count the Philadelphia 76ers among the beneficiaries of Howard's prolonged indecision...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 35,608 reads 126 comments

  8. Jrue Holiday-Nerlens Noel Trade Gives Philadelphia 76ers a Much-Needed Direction

    After the 2013 NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers are hardly recognizable. For a previously rudderless franchise that had no clear direction before draft night, that development should only be considered a positive...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 25,268 reads 125 comments

  9. 2013 NBA Draft: Predicting the Biggest Reaches of Round 1

    The 2013 NBA draft is shaping up to be completely and utterly unpredictable. Typically, in the days leading up to the draft, there's at least some consensus about the top few picks...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 37,436 reads 48 comments

  10. Ranking the Top 30 NBA Players over 30 Entering the 2013 Offseason

    If the 2013 NBA Finals are any indication, the league's old-timers aren't quite ready to cede their throne to the next generation of superstars just yet...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 19,646 reads 129 comments

  11. For Dwight Howard, the Grass Is Always Greener on the Other Side

    When the clock strikes midnight on July 1, Dwight Howard will reach unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career. For the first time ever, he'll have the chance to make himself truly happy by choosing his next team...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 3,338 reads 21 comments

  12. Spurs vs. Heat: Burning Questions for Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals

    The Miami Heat staged an epic rally in Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals against the San Antonio Spurs, leaving fans with the two best words in sports: Game 7. On Thursday night, everything will be on the line...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 40,437 reads 124 comments

  13. Pinpointing the Moment LeBron James Embraced His Leadership Role

    On June 12, 2011, LeBron James reached rock bottom. The Dallas Mavericks had just triumphed over James' Miami Heat in the 2011 NBA Finals ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 5,609 reads 13 comments

  14. Biggest Factors Determining San Antonio Spurs-Miami Heat 2013 Finals

    If you're to believe Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, the 2013 NBA Finals will be determined by all the small things...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 1,614 reads 2 comments

  15. Is This San Antonio Spurs' Final Chance To Win Tim Duncan a Fifth Title?

    If there's one thing the San Antonio Spurs have taught us over the past decade, it's never to count them out. But if Tim Duncan wants to win a fifth ring before he retires, the 2013 NBA Finals appear to be his last and best chance to do so...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 9,945 reads 62 comments

  16. Power Ranking the 25 Best Players Never to Win an NBA Championship

    NBA greatness often gets summed up in three words: count the rings. As LeBron James , Michael Jordan and countless others can attest, a player's place among the all-time legends is questioned until he wins that first championship...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 144,316 reads 195 comments

  17. Why Paul George's Superstar Ceiling Is Higher Than Carmelo Anthony's

    If you were starting an NBA team today and had to choose between Carmelo Anthony and Paul George as your franchise's cornerstone, who would you pick? Your natural inclination ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 26,991 reads 298 comments

  18. Building the First, Second and Third All-NBA 2013 Playoff Teams

    The 2013 All-NBA teams , by and large, didn't contain very many surprises. Sure, you can argue that Dwight Howard and David Lee didn't deserve their spots on the All- NBA third team...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 14,504 reads 66 comments

  19. Why Brian Shaw Is the Right Man for the Philadelphia 76ers Head Coaching Job

    If the Philadelphia 76ers have any interest in salvaging Evan Turner and/or Andrew Bynum as potential franchise cornerstones, one man should stand above the rest in their search for a new head coach...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 3,560 reads 35 comments

  20. 5 Teams Destined to Crash the 2014 NBA Playoffs

    When the Cleveland Cavaliers won the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, they made one thing clear : They don't plan on returning to the lottery anytime soon...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 5,878 reads 7 comments

  21. Is Tony Parker the Most Under-Appreciated Star in the NBA?

    When it comes to Tony Parker , fast don't lie . The longtime San Antonio Spurs floor general isn't flashy like Russell Westbrook or Kyrie Irving; you won't see him starring in Uncle Drew commercials anytime soon...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 3,359 reads 26 comments

  22. Predicting Which 2013 NBA Free Agents Will Bolt Current Team

    The 2013 NBA free-agent class has the potential to reshape the league. With Chris Paul , Dwight Howard and a slew of other stars set to hit the market, the NBA landscape could ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 225,579 reads 233 comments

  23. Winners and Losers from 5th Week of 2013 NBA Playoffs

    With the 2013 NBA playoffs down to its final four teams, the action only promises to heat up from here. Home teams have held court through the first three games of the conference finals, but it hasn't been easy, to say the least...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 221 reads 1 comments

  24. Why Philadelphia 76ers Must Be Draft-Day Wheeling and Dealing at 2013 NBA Draft

    The Philadelphia 76ers failed to strike lottery gold Tuesday. After entering the night with the 11th-best odds of landing the No. 1 draft pick, the Sixers ended the night in the No...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 13,295 reads 45 comments

  25. 7 NBA Teams Primed to Land a Star in 2013 NBA Offseason

    Come July 1, 2013, at least two franchise-changing NBA players will hit the market as unrestricted free agents...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 35,497 reads 39 comments