By Bryan Toporek

Bryan Toporek is a contributor at The Basketball Writers. He's also a Quality Editor for Bleacher Report, co-hosts The NBA Podcast and contributes at FanSided and elsewhere. He still trusts the Process.

Did Portland Trail Blazers Already Hit Their Ceiling?

The Portland Trail Blazers doubled down on the value of continuity this offseason. All-Star point guard Damian Lillard signed a four-year, $196 million supermax extension that will keep him in Portland through at least the 2023-24 campaign, while fellow guard CJ McCollum signed a three-year, $100 million extension that likewise runs through 2023-24. With center…

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What DeMarcus Cousins’ Torn ACL Means for L.A. Lakers

On Thursday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania dropped unexpected and unwelcome news about Los Angeles Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins. Lakers center DeMarcus Cousins has suffered a possible knee injury and will undergo further testing today in Los Angeles, league sources tell ESPN. Cousins was working out in Las Vegas on Monday when…

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How NY Knicks’ ‘Offseason of Plan B’ Could Work (or Backfire)

Give the New York Knicks credit: They appear to have learned from their “money-to-burn” debacle in 2016. However, that doesn’t mean their plan B this offseason is guaranteed to pay off. When the salary cap jumped an unprecedented $24 million in 2016, the Knicks quickly came to terms with Joakim Noah on a four-year, $72…

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PODCAST: Seth Partnow on NBA Team-Building, Analytics

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Seth Partnow (@SethPartnow) of The Athletic discuss NBA team-building in the player-empowerment era and basketball analytics. Do teams need to shorten their planning windows with players on the move so frequently? How has the discourse around analytics changed over the years? Which…

Young Backcourt Will Spark San Antonio Spurs in 2019-20

So long as head coach Gregg Popovich remains in place, the San Antonio Spurs are a veritable lock to win 45-plus games and make the playoffs. After all, they’ve done so in each of the past 23 years (not counting the lockout-shortened 1998-99 campaign, during which they went 37-13 in the regular season). Although seven-time…

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Does Carmelo Anthony Still Have a Place in Today’s NBA?

After an uninspiring 10-game stint with the Houston Rockets this past season, Carmelo Anthony could be facing the end of his NBA career. Although Anthony is far more talented than some players currently on NBA rosters—hell, he would likely waltz into a starting gig on the Washington Wizards or the Charlotte Hornets—teams are rightfully skeptical…

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PODCAST: X-Mas Day Games, Carmelo Anthony, Draymond Green & More

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the NBA’s Christmas Day slate, Draymond Green’s new extension and Carmelo Anthony’s future. Which games stand out on the NBA’s Christmas Day palate? Did the Golden State Warriors get a steal with Green’s new four-year, $100 million extension? Which teams…