1. 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 over 1 year ago 22,205 reads 431 comments

  2. 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 over 1 year ago 35,604 reads 107 comments

  3. 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 over 1 year ago 9,105 reads 54 comments

  4. 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 over 1 year ago 122,929 reads 252 comments

  5. 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 over 1 year ago 49,483 reads 215 comments

  6. 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 over 1 year ago 17,630 reads 70 comments

  7. 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 over 1 year ago 5,091 reads 16 comments

  8. 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 over 1 year ago 31,451 reads 85 comments

  9. 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 over 1 year ago 7,828 reads 89 comments

  10. 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 over 1 year ago 35,559 reads 126 comments

  11. 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 over 1 year ago 25,128 reads 125 comments

  12. 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 over 1 year ago 37,432 reads 48 comments

  13. 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 over 1 year ago 19,192 reads 129 comments

  14. 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 over 1 year ago 3,327 reads 21 comments

  15. 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 over 1 year ago 40,431 reads 124 comments

  16. 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 over 1 year ago 5,557 reads 13 comments

  17. 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 over 1 year ago 1,600 reads 2 comments

  18. 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 over 1 year ago 9,899 reads 62 comments

  19. 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 over 1 year ago 133,153 reads 194 comments

  20. 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 over 1 year ago 26,862 reads 298 comments

  21. 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 over 1 year ago 14,484 reads 66 comments

  22. 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 over 1 year ago 3,543 reads 35 comments

  23. 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 over 1 year ago 5,816 reads 7 comments

  24. 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 over 1 year ago 3,301 reads 26 comments

  25. 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 over 1 year ago 225,559 reads 233 comments