1. Handicapping the 2012-13 NBA MVP Field

    With NBA training-camp hype well out of hand, there's no better time to survey the league's landscape and make some sense of the hyperbole being spewed by coaches and players alike...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 31,211 reads 264 comments

  2. Fantasy Basketball 2012-13: Soaring and Flopping Players, Preseason Edition

    Now that we're a few weeks into the NFL season, your fantasy football teams have had plenty of time to crush your heart and get you ready for the NBA to return. Guilty as charged...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 5,220 reads 6 comments

  3. Blake Griffin Must Raise His Game on Defense to Blossom

    After only two years in the NBA , Blake Griffin has emerged as one of the most divisive players in the league. Griffin's supporters point to his career per game averages of 21...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 3,532 reads 16 comments

  4. NBA Training Camp: Predicting the Biggest Surprises of 2012-13

    It's only been about a month since we saw the USA Olympic men's basketball team win gold in London, but believe it or not, the 2012-13 NBA season is right around the corner...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 466 reads 90 comments

  5. What Kobe Bryant Winning a 6th Ring Would Mean for Michael Jordan Comparisons

    With Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol by his side this upcoming season, Kobe Bryant could very well be facing his best shot to win his sixth NBA championship in 2013...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 18,862 reads 310 comments

  6. 13 Contract-Year NBA Stars Who Will Play Their Way into a Massive Payday

    Heading into the 2012-13 NBA season, certain players have more than just a championship on their minds. At least 50 or so players could be heading into the final year of their ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 243 reads 80 comments

  7. 8 Teams Already Dreaming About the 2013 NBA Draft

    The Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers enter the 2012-13 season as the three NBA championship favorites, but roughly 20 other teams have realistic playoff aspirations heading into the season...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 4,206 reads 24 comments

  8. Philadelphia 76ers: Why Thaddeus Young Needs to Keep Coming off the Bench

    Philadelphia 76ers ' forward Thaddeus Young has been vocal in recent days about his desire to become a starter for the Sixers this year, with Andre Iguodala's departure having opened up a vacancy at the starting 3 spot...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 2,063 reads 24 comments

  9. Breaking Down the Differences Between Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum

    On paper, the Los Angeles Lakers this summer replaced the second-best center in the NBA , Andrew Bynum , with the best center in the NBA, Dwight Howard ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 9,640 reads 52 comments

  10. Predicting Which Current NBA Stars Will Make the Hall of Fame

    At the moment, we're experiencing a star-driven Renaissance in the NBA that's driving the league to heights not seen since the height of Michael Jordan...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 45,068 reads 133 comments

  11. Ranking the Most Dynamic 1-2 Punches of Every NBA Team

    More than any other professional sports league, the NBA depends most heavily on its star power. There's any number of reasons why that's the case. Having only five players at a time maximizes the contribution each player can make...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 1,403 reads 80 comments

  12. Philadelphia 76ers: 5 Burning Questions for the Sixers' 2012-13 Starting Lineup

    Now that the Philadelphia 76ers have Andrew Bynum on their roster, their starting 5 spot is officially no longer a question. The same can't be said for the rest of the starting lineup, though...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 7,660 reads 34 comments

  13. NBA Predictions: 4 New Teams That Will Make the Playoffs in 2012-13

    When the NBA comes back this October, the league will look substantially different from where we left it in June. LeBron James will finally have the pressure of being ringless lifted off his back...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 200 reads 153 comments

  14. Philadelphia 76ers: Andrew Bynum Will Anchor Team's New Inside-Outside Game

    When the Philadelphia 76ers take the court for the first time this fall, they'll look radically different, and not just because of what they did in free agency...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 4,023 reads 79 comments

  15. L.A. Lakers vs. OKC Thunder: Who's the Western Conference Favorite in 2012-13?

    By trading for Steve Nash and Dwight Howard this summer, the Los Angeles Lakers proved once again that they're not content fading into the sunset. Instead, they're on the short list of NBA championship favorites heading into the 2012-13 season...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 10,571 reads 222 comments

  16. Andrew Bynum's Maturity Will Be the Elephant in the Room for Philadelphia 76ers

    When it comes to Andrew Bynum, the Philadelphia 76ers have one chief concern this season besides the health of his knees and whether or not he'll re-sign next summer...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 1,412 reads 38 comments

  17. Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard Trade Reasoning Contains Crucial Flaw

    It's no secret: When trading Dwight Howard , the Orlando Magic were shooting for young players and a horde of draft picks...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 7,534 reads 63 comments

  18. Andrew Bynum Hits All the Right Notes in 1st Philadelphia 76ers Appearance

    Andrew Bynum just aced his first test as the newest member of the Philadelphia 76ers . Bynum and sharpshooter Jason Richardson were both introduced to fans Wednesday in an "open" ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 12,024 reads 167 comments

  19. David Stern, NBA Would Be Wise to Wait on Under-23 Olympics Until 2020

    The NBA 's dream of converting the Olympics into an under-23 basketball tournament likely won't come to fruition by the 2016 Olympics, Sports Illustrated 's Ian Thomsen reported last Thursday...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 791 reads 20 comments

  20. Dwight Howard Trade Analysis: Winners and Losers of 4-Team Blockbuster

    Barring a last-minute setback, Dwight Howard will soon be a Los Angeles Laker, ESPN reported Thursday night , finally putting an end to the NBA 's "Dwightmare" of the past two years...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 1,420 reads 21 comments

  21. Dwight Howard Rumors: Proposed 4-Way Trade Grand Larceny for Philadelphia 76ers

    Thursday night, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted the news that brightened the summer of every Philadelphia 76ers fan...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 16,557 reads 309 comments

  22. Olympic Basketball 2012: After Aussie Blowout, Going Now Gets Rough for Team USA

    After walloping the Australians by 33 in their quarterfinal matchup, Team USA should enter the Olympic semifinals in London with no shortage of confidence...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 1,156 reads 0 comments

  23. Olympic Basketball 2012: Predictions for Each Game in the Medal Round

    For those who haven't yet been paying attention to Olympic basketball, it's time to tune in now. The medal round for the men's teams begins Wednesday with four quarterfinal matchups : Brazil vs...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 442 reads 0 comments

  24. Philadelphia 76ers: Jrue Holiday's Development the Key to 2012-13 Season

    The success of the Philadelphia 76ers ' 2012-13 season won't be determined by wins and losses. Instead, it depends entirely on the development of starting point guard Jrue Holiday ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 2,424 reads 52 comments

  25. Olympic Basketball: 5 Keys to Making an Under-23 Tournament Thrive

    Why would the NBA restrict players from playing in future Olympics , given the success of Team USA over the past 20 years? It's a pure money grab for the owners. Plain and simple...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 1,630 reads 7 comments