1. 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 almost 2 years ago 9,591 reads 52 comments

  2. 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 almost 2 years ago 43,975 reads 133 comments

  3. 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 almost 2 years ago 1,291 reads 80 comments

  4. 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 7,640 reads 34 comments

  5. 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 183 reads 153 comments

  6. 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 4,012 reads 79 comments

  7. 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 10,547 reads 222 comments

  8. 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 1,399 reads 38 comments

  9. 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 7,520 reads 63 comments

  10. 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 12,009 reads 167 comments

  11. 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 769 reads 20 comments

  12. 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 1,389 reads 21 comments

  13. 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 16,534 reads 309 comments

  14. 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 1,143 reads 0 comments

  15. 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 430 reads 0 comments

  16. 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 2,389 reads 52 comments

  17. 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 1,586 reads 7 comments

  18. Olympics Basketball 2012: Team USA Too Dependent on 3-Point Shots

    Want to know how Tunisia stayed relatively competitive with Team USA for a full 10 minutes on Tuesday? The Americans' affinity for the international three-point shot, results be damned...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 1,920 reads 0 comments

  19. Olympics Basketball 2012: Kevin Durant, Kevin Love Move Away from Deferring

    In these 2012 Olympics, Kevin Durant's teammates have been telling him to do one thing. "Shoot the d--- ball." Durant faced the same problem in the 2010 FIBA World Championship...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 1,656 reads 0 comments

  20. Olympics Basketball 2012: 6 Lessons Learned from Team USA's Exhibitions

    Team USA thumped Spain on Tuesday to wrap up an undefeated record in exhibition play this summer, giving the Americans no shortage of confidence heading into the 2012 Olympics . Exhibition play wasn't without its challenges for Team USA, though...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 10,428 reads 64 comments

  21. Olympics Basketball 2012: Team USA's True Achilles' Heel? Foul Trouble for Bigs

    The 2012 edition of Team USA does, in fact, have a big-man problem. It's just not the big-man problem that everyone keeps harping on...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 6,319 reads 32 comments

  22. Olympics Basketball 2012: Which of Team USA's Lineup Changes Should Stick?

    In Team USA's scrimmage against Great Britain on Thursday, coach Mike Krzyzewski made two lineup changes, replacing Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul with Kevin Durant and Deron Williams as starters...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 1,145 reads 5 comments

  23. NBA Free Agency 2012: How the New CBA Justifies the Philadelphia 76ers' Moves

    Maybe there's a method to the madness after all. Despite making a series of seemingly random moves in free agency, the Philadelphia 76ers ' long-term plan finally appears to be rising to the surface...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 3,481 reads 39 comments

  24. Olympics Basketball 2012: Team USA's Vulnerability on Display Against Brazil

    For those of you who expect Team USA basketball to cruise to the gold this summer, I present as evidence the exhibition against Brazil Monday night. By the end of the first quarter of, Brazil held a 10-point lead over the Americans...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 2,398 reads 6 comments

  25. NBA Power Rankings: The Top 5 Challengers to the Miami Heat in 2012-13

    After vanquishing the Oklahoma City Thunder for the 2012 NBA championship, the Miami Heat went out and became even stronger this summer...

    Bryan Toporek Written by Bryan Toporek about 2 years ago 5,362 reads 18 comments