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: An All-Time NBA Draft

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) are joined by T.J. McBride (@TJMcBrideNBA) of Mile High Sports to conduct an all-time NBA draft. How do the all-time starting fives stack up? How far did Kobe Bryant fall? Which all-time greats went undrafted? And which team wound up as…

Can Wizards Convince Bradley Beal to Stay in Washington?

The Washington Wizards offered Bradley Beal a three-year, $111 million maximum extension on the first day they were eligible to do so in late July, according to David Aldridge of The Athletic. However, Beal has yet to sign said extension, and there’s no indication that he plans on doing so before the Oct. 21 deadline.…

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How Minnesota Timberwolves Maximize Andrew Wiggins

Five years into his NBA career, Andrew Wiggins remains an oft-frustrating enigma. The 2014 No. 1 overall pick has the physical profile of an elite two-way player, but he’s failed to become a consistent difference-maker on either end of the floor. He’ll flash explosive scoring chops or lockdown defense at times, but he has yet…

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Can Miami Heat Find Jimmy Butler a Co-Star?

Despite entering the offseason well over the salary cap, the Miami Heat managed to finagle their way into the Jimmy Butler sweepstakes. The Heat landed the four-time All-Star in a four-team sign-and-trade after complications arose with the original deal’s structure. That move hard-capped Miami for the remainder of the season, which means it cannot go…

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PODCAST: Team USA 2019 FIBA World Cup Preview

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba), Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) and special guest Brandon Jefferson (@Jefferson_Hoops) of The Basketball Writers preview the 2019 FIBA World Cup. What are the strengths and weaknesses of Team USA’s roster? Which teams pose the biggest threat to the Americans? Is Team USA in legitimate danger of…

Kyrie Irving Should Be Headed for a Career Year in Brooklyn

Prognosticators don’t have high hopes for the Brooklyn Nets in 2019-20. Oddsmakers peg them for a win total somewhere in the mid-40s, while ESPN’s Kevin Pelton projected them for 41 wins and the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO system is even more lukewarm, giving the Nets only a 57 percent chance…

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PODCAST: Ranking the NBA’s Top-10 Duos

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) rank the top 10 duos in the NBA today. Where do Russell Westbrook and James Harden rank after joining forces this summer? How high are Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving in the wake of the former’s Achilles injury? Which L.A. duo…

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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