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: NBA Trade Deadline Chatter; Was Kyrie Irving Right?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss the Jeff Teague-Allen Crabbe trade, Kyrie Irving’s leadership and the latest trade rumors involving Robert Covington, Andre Drummond and D’Angelo Russell. Who won the Crabbe-Teague trade? Was Kyrie right about the Nets needing more pieces to contend for a title?…

PODCAST: NBA Midseason Awards Edition

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) make their midseason picks for every major award. Who is the front-runner for MVP: James Harden, Luka Doncic or Giannis Antetokounmpo? Can anyone catch Ja Morant for Rookie of the Year? Who’s leading the wide-open Defensive Player of the Year and…

PODCAST: How Would You Redo the 2017 NBA Draft?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) re-select the first 14 picks of the 2017 NBA Draft. Which player goes No. 1 overall? (2:48) Who do you take now when choosing between Bam Adebayo or Jayson Tatum? (12:18) How much does John Collins rise? (25:11) Where does Kyle…

PODCAST: Which Teams Should be Sellers at NBA Trade Deadline?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss which teams should be sellers ahead of the Feb. 6 trade deadline. Who should lottery-bound franchises like the Cleveland Cavaliers (3:27) and New York Knicks (12:47) be looking to part with? What should the Washington Wizards do with Davis Bertans?…

Atlanta Hawks Must Trust Their Rebuilding Process

Having lost 18 of their past 20 games, the Atlanta Hawks appear to be nearing rock bottom. “Frustration in the locker room has been building for some time as teammates have complained to each other about selfishness, not putting in the necessary work to turn things around and players not being held accountable,” Chris Haynes…

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PODCAST: Which Teams Should be Buyers at NBA Trade Deadline?

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss which teams should be buyers ahead of the Feb. 6 trade deadline. Do the Milwaukee Bucks need to add more help for Giannis Antetokounmpo? Should the Portland Trail Blazers trade for Kevin Love? Do the Houston Rockets have the requisite…

The Great Davis Bertans Conundrum

As the NBA’s Feb. 6 trade deadline approaches, the Washington Wizards face a dilemma with sharpshooter Davis Bertans. The 27-year-old is quickly developing into one of the league’s most valuable role players, but he’s also on a $7 million expiring contract. That puts the Wizards in a tricky spot, as they would risk losing him…

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New Orleans Pelicans Right to Be Overly Cautious with Zion Williamson

It’s now been nearly eight weeks since 2019 No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson underwent surgery on the torn meniscus in his right knee, which puts him toward the end of his estimated 6-8 week timetable to return. However, the New Orleans Pelicans are playing it safe with their star rookie, according to Kristen Ledlow…

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PODCAST: The Next Steps for Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss recent criticism about Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic not wanting to dominate enough and delve into what’s gone wrong for the New Orleans Pelicans. Why isn’t Embiid having as much fun this year as he has in years past (2:08)?…