1. Lessons Learned About Superstar Teams in the NBA This Year

    The Los Angeles Lakers have been one long lesson on superstar teams throughout the 2012-13 NBA season. A superstar team sounds great on paper. You're pairing two or more players who are used to being the No...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about over 1 year ago 16,594 reads 22 comments

  2. Updated NBA MVP Odds: Can Kobe Bryant Usurp LeBron James' Throne?

    Early in the season, the race to the 2013 NBA MVP appeared certain to come down to the final few weeks. LeBron James laid that theory to rest after tearing through February with unprecedented efficiency...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about over 1 year ago 34,300 reads 394 comments

  3. Most Crucial Games Remaining on 2013 NBA Schedule

    With just over a month remaining in the 2012-13 regular season, the playoff race is about to heat up. Many of the higher-seeded teams appear to have playoff berths locked up, especially in the lackluster Eastern Conference...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about over 1 year ago 6,018 reads 17 comments

  4. Is Chris Bosh the Most Over-Criticized Star in Today's NBA?

    During his first two years with the Miami Heat , Chris Bosh became one of the NBA 's biggest punching bags. He's too soft. He can't rebound well. He's too feminine. He's not a true big man...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about over 1 year ago 6,667 reads 49 comments

  5. Updated NBA MVP Odds: LeBron James Poised to Make History with Another Award

    With the Miami Heat currently riding a 15-game win streak, LeBron James appears all but certain to win his fourth MVP award in 2013...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about over 1 year ago 27,019 reads 93 comments

  6. Blueprint for Each 2013 NBA Playoff Team to Counter LeBron James

    Any team serious about winning the 2013 NBA championship needs a plan to stop LeBron James . If only it were that easy. In his 10th NBA season, James is playing better than ever...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about over 1 year ago 7,224 reads 30 comments

  7. Updated NBA MVP Odds: Can Kevin Durant Really Dethrone LeBron James?

    Two-thirds of the way into the 2012-13 NBA season, LeBron James appears to be the runaway favorite for the NBA's Most Valuable Player award...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 20,513 reads 152 comments

  8. LeBron James' Dominance Is Masking Dwyane Wade's Greatness

    Don't let LeBron James ' dominance in the 2012-13 NBA season fool you: The Miami Heat remain much more than a one-man show...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 6,537 reads 85 comments

  9. Breaking Down Why Josh Smith Is Not a Max Contract Star

    Josh Smith of the Atlanta Hawks will be one of the most oft-discussed players in the days leading up to the 2013 NBA trade deadline. His reported desire for a maximum contract is the major reason why...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 8,147 reads 66 comments

  10. Updated NBA MVP Odds: Can Anyone Knock LeBron James out of Top Spot?

    Coming out of the 2013 All-Star break, the 2013 NBA MVP race is growing more lopsided each day. What once looked like a legitimate three- or four-man competition has boiled down to just one man: LeBron Raymone James...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 21,818 reads 144 comments

  11. Celebrating Michael Jordan's 50th Birthday with His Top 50 Career Moments

    Michael Jordan turns 50 on All-Star Sunday, Feb. 17, which has recently led to all sorts of brilliant career retrospectives on the man known as "Air Jordan...

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  12. Updated 2013 NBA MVP Odds Entering the All-Star Break

    It didn't seem possible, but many of the top 2013 NBA MVP candidates have only elevated their play since the start of February. LeBron James , in particular, has been intent on proving that he's not from this planet...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 6,018 reads 25 comments

  13. Houston Rockets vs. Miami Heat: Postgame Grades and Analysis

    In a matchup of two of the NBA 's most efficient offenses on Wednesday night, the Miami Heat emerged with a 114-108 victory over the Houston Rockets ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 16,844 reads 216 comments

  14. Updated NBA MVP Odds at Unofficial Midseason Point

    With just over half the 2012-13 NBA season in the books, the 2013 NBA MVP race is boiling down to a two-man contest. Injuries proved detrimental to the MVP race in January...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 26,457 reads 377 comments

  15. Breaking Down How Andrew Bynum Will Transform Philadelphia 76ers

    It's no exaggeration to say that the 2012-13 Philadelphia 76ers were built for Andrew Bynum . Unfortunately for the Sixers, Bynum still has yet to suit up for the team as of Feb...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 5,608 reads 26 comments

  16. Is Kevin Durant Having the Best Shooting Season of Any NBA Superstar Ever?

    In case you haven't noticed, Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder is in the midst of one of the most impressive shooting seasons in NBA history...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 9,604 reads 60 comments

  17. Is Carmelo Anthony the Most Disrespected Superstar in the NBA?

    "I don't get no respect!" Rodney Dangerfield made that catchphrase famous, but Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks could just as easily utter those words. Since coming into the league as the No...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 13,344 reads 187 comments

  18. NBA MVP Odds: Can LeBron James Hold off Kevin Durant, Chris Paul?

    The race for 2013 NBA MVP has only heated up in the month of January. More and more, it's appearing to come down to a three-man race between the reigning MVP, LeBron James , the ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 60,021 reads 332 comments

  19. Re-Drafting the 1st Round of the 2012 NBA Draft

    At this point in the 2012-13 NBA season, it's safe to say that many teams would like a redo on their 2012 draft selections. Unfortunately, the amnesty clause in the league's latest collective bargaining agreement doesn't quite work that way...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 4,286 reads 119 comments

  20. Why It's Still Too Early to Crown a Favorite for 2013 NBA MVP Award

    Nearly three months into the 2012-13 NBA season, the MVP race remains as close as ever. A few realities about the race have emerged, however...

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  21. NBA MVP Odds: King James Getting Stiff Competition from Kevin Durant

    LeBron James , the reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, just completed a historic December. He ranked second in the Eastern Conference in scoring (27.5 points per game) and steals (two per game), fourth in field goal percentage (...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 13,353 reads 78 comments

  22. One Major Adjustment for Promising NBA Ballers

    No rookie enters the NBA fully ready to dominate through the rigors of an 82-game season. Even the greats in the league who hit the ground running as rookies— LeBron James ...

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  23. NBA MVP Odds: Can Chris Paul Challenge LeBron James and Kevin Durant?

    The Los Angeles Clippers became the third team in NBA history to go 16-0 in a month in December 2012, and it all started with point guard Chris Paul ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 19,617 reads 155 comments

  24. The Most Memorable NBA Stories from 2012

    The year 2012 will go down as one to remember for the NBA . The league's self-proclaimed king finally earned that nickname by winning his first championship, and then he headed to London to help Team USA defend its gold medal in basketball...

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  25. NBA MVP Odds: Is This Finally Kevin Durant's Year?

    Through the first trimester of the 2012-13 NBA season, LeBron James' biggest obstacle to a repeat performance as league MVP appears to be none other than Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about almost 2 years ago 34,425 reads 371 comments