1. Blueprint for Kevin Durant to Steal LeBron James' MVP Throne in 2013-14

    If anyone can dethrone LeBron James as the NBA 's Most Valuable Player in 2013-14, it's Kevin Durant . The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar has finished second to LeBron in the MVP voting three of the past four seasons...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 24,200 reads 130 comments

  2. The NBA Afterlife: When Former Ballers Quit the Hoops Life

    You know the "Where Are They Now?" series about young Hollywood stars who seem to vanish into thin air? Consider this the NBA version of that...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 28,215 reads 24 comments

  3. Why There's No Such Thing as an Easy Title Shot for LeBron James

    LeBron James could alter the entire competitive landscape of the NBA by exercising the early-termination option in his contract and becoming a free agent in 2014...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 3,399 reads 19 comments

  4. The Philadelphia 76ers' Recent Success with Mid-First-Round Picks

    When the Philadelphia 76ers traded All-Star Jrue Holiday during the 2013 NBA draft, it was a move made solely with the future in mind...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 3,577 reads 17 comments

  5. How We'll Remember LeBron James 10 Years from Now

    It's hard to believe, but when the 2013-14 NBA season tips off on Oct. 29, it will be 10 years to the day since LeBron James made his professional debut. Somehow, he's managed to live up to the tremendous hype that followed him into the league...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 29,861 reads 347 comments

  6. Is This the Most Compelling Season in NBA History?

    Do you enjoy watching heroes return to glory? Triumphant last stands? Impending free-for-alls? Here's hoping you're an NBA fan, in that case. The 2013-14 season will tout all of that and more...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 24,331 reads 125 comments

  7. Is Kevin Durant the Toughest Cover in the NBA Today?

    Here's an NBA riddle for you: What do you call a player who stands nearly seven feet tall, has arms like Dhalsim from Street Fighter and touts seemingly unlimited shooting range? ...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 14,107 reads 90 comments

  8. How James Harden Is Changing the Houston Rockets' Culture

    As the 2012 NBA offseason wound down, the Cinderella-esque transformation of Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was nearing completion...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 15,896 reads 72 comments

  9. How the San Antonio Spurs Outsourced NBA Dominance

    San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich makes no bones about it: He prefers young international players over those from the United States...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 8,923 reads 35 comments

  10. Blueprint for Miami Heat to Ensure 'Big 3' Stay Together Beyond 2014 Offseason

    Can the Miami Heat keep their Big Three of LeBron James , Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together past the 2013-14 season? That question, more than anything else, will define the next 12 months for the franchise...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 13,009 reads 58 comments

  11. What Derrick Rose Must Do to Become the NBA's Most Transcendent Star

    It wasn't long ago that Derrick Rose sat atop the NBA . In May 2011, Rose became the youngest MVP in league history...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 16,812 reads 67 comments

  12. Kobe Bryant vs. Michael Jordan: Comparing the G.O.A.T. to the Birthday Boy

    Editor's note: Kobe Bryant turns 35 on Friday, August 23. To commemorate the Los Angeles Lakers legend's big day, we're seeing how his career stacks up next to five NBA luminaries, be they current Hall of Famers or legends in the making...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 92,768 reads 468 comments

  13. Kobe Bryant vs. Magic Johnson: 5 Days of Black Mamba Birthday Comparisons

    Editor's note: Kobe Bryant turns 35 on Friday, August 23. To commemorate the Los Angeles Lakers legend's big day, we're seeing how his career stacks up next to five NBA luminaries, be they current Hall of Famers or legends in the making...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 23,470 reads 155 comments

  14. Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James: 5 Days of Black Mamba Birthday Comparisons

    Editor's note: Kobe Bryant turns 35 on Friday, August 23. To commemorate the Los Angeles Lakers legend's big day, we're seeing how his career stacks up next to five NBA luminaries, be they current Hall of Famers or legends in the making...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 62,851 reads 871 comments

  15. Kobe Bryant vs. Julius Erving: 5 Days of Black Mamba Birthday Comparisons

    Editor's note: Kobe Bryant turns 35 on August 23. To commemorate the Los Angeles Lakers legend's big day, we're seeing how his career stacks up next to five NBA luminaries, be they current Hall of Famers or those in the making...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 31,385 reads 123 comments

  16. Kobe Bryant vs. Larry Bird: 5 Days of Black Mamba Birthday Comparisons

    Editor's note: Kobe Bryant turns 35 on August 23. To commemorate the Los Angeles Lakers legend's big day, we're seeing how his career stacks up next to five NBA luminaries, be they current Hall of Famers or those in the making...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 55,817 reads 480 comments

  17. How the Greatest Basketball Shoes of the '90s Were Designed

    For sneakerheads, the 1990s were a golden era of basketball shoes. The kicks culture started gaining ground with the launch of the Air Jordans in the mid-1980s...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 9,477 reads 7 comments

  18. Biggest Threats to Steal Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh from Miami Heat in 2014

    The 2013-14 NBA season could be the last ride for the Miami Heat 's Big Three. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can all exercise early-termination options in the summer of 2014, which would make them unrestricted free agents...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 29,317 reads 154 comments

  19. Why Patrick Beverley Should Start over Jeremy Lin for Houston Rockets

    Dwight Howard 's decision to join the Houston Rockets as a free agent in the 2013 NBA offseason was a complete and total game-changer for the Western Conference...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 22,144 reads 431 comments

  20. Ultimate Scouting Report on 2014 NBA Draft Prospect Jabari Parker

    Anyone who thinks the 2014 NBA draft is "Andrew Wiggins or bust" clearly doesn't know enough about Jabari Parker . While Wiggins should be considered the early favorite to go No...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 35,466 reads 107 comments

  21. Do LA Lakers Have the Right Buss Calling the Shots?

    If the Los Angeles Lakers get their way, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony will take their talents to Hollywood as free agents during the 2014 NBA offseason...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 1 year ago 9,054 reads 54 comments

  22. 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 1 year ago 122,891 reads 252 comments

  23. 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 1 year ago 49,095 reads 215 comments

  24. 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 1 year ago 17,592 reads 70 comments

  25. 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 1 year ago 5,000 reads 16 comments