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.

PODCAST: Sizing Up NBA’s New-Look West with Howard Beck

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and Bleacher Report senior NBA writer Howard Beck attempt to sort out the brave new Western Conference. Which teams enter the 2019-20 season as favorites? Where do the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers rank after their big offseason moves? Are the…

5 Teams That Won 2019 NBA Offseason

After a whirlwind start to the 2019 NBA offseason, the dust finally appears to be settling. Anthony Davis is now a Los Angeles Laker. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are Brooklyn Nets, while Kemba Walker is a Boston Celtic. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are both Los Angeles Clippers, and Russell Westbrook is reunited with…

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Jerami Grant Will Be Savvy Difference-Maker for Denver Nuggets

As their Western Conference counterparts engaged in a rapidly increasing arms race this offseason, the Denver Nuggets stayed on the sidelines. After all, they were one game away from a Western Conference Finals berth this past season, and the grand majority of their core is below the age of 25. But after the Oklahoma City…

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PODCAST: Which Russell Westbrook Trade Scenarios Make Sense?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss Russell Westbrook’s trade value and which teams should be attempting to acquire him. What should the Oklahoma City Thunder want in exchange for Westbrook? How could the Miami Heat make a deal work given their hard-cap issues? Does he make…

PODCAST: Team Winners, Losers in 2019 NBA Free Agency

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) go through the biggest winners and losers from a wild first week of NBA free agency. Which franchises came out ahead? Which should have some regrets? And who does the jury remain out on? Check out the episode to hear Morten…

Are LA Clippers Really the NBA’s Next Superteam?

The Golden State Warriors no longer appear be an unstoppable force, but a new superteam might have just sprung up down the coast of California. And, no, it’s not the L.A. Lakers like everyone thought. As Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports first reported late Friday night, Kawhi Leonard is leaving the Toronto Raptors to sign…

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PODCAST: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, LA Clippers Rock NBA

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) give their immediate reaction to Kawhi Leonard and Paul George heading to the Los Angeles Clippers. Are the Clippers now the NBA title favorites in 2019-20? How will the Los Angeles Lakers bounce back after missing out on Leonard? Should the…

Are Utah Jazz Biggest Threats to Clippers, Lakers, etc.?

Former Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kendrick Perkins spent his Fourth of July dropping hot takes on FS1’s Undisputed. With Kawhi Leonard’s next destination still up in the air at the time, Perkins said if the season started today, the Utah Jazz would be “the best team in the West.” "If the season started today, the…

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PODCAST: NBA Free Agency Insanity Roundup

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the big signings from Day 2 of 2019 NBA free agency. Who came out ahead in the four-team Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade? Are the Knicks actually doing something smart in free agency? How will Seth Curry fare in Dallas? Have NBA…