Bryan Toporek

Bryan Toporek

NBA Writer

I'm a full-time Quality Editor for Bleacher Report who also dabbles in NBA writing for BBALLBREAKDOWN, Today's Fastbreak and Hardwood Paroxysm.

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Jerry Colangelo Won't Determine the Fate of the Sixers' Process ...

Before writing the epitaph on the Process, remember this: Ownership, not Hinkie, is the driving force behind the franchise’s organizational direction.

Blake Griffin's MVP-Caliber Season Lost Amidst Clippers' Mediocrity ...

Blake Griffin's MVP-Caliber Season Lost Amidst Clip...

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Are the Orlando Magic Finally Turning the Corner?

One-quarter of the way through the 2015-16 campaign, the Magic finally appear to be rising from the ashes of the Howard era.

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Jae Crowder Proving To Be One Of The Summer's Best Bargains

Through the first two months of the 2015-16 campaign, Crowder is shattering any reasonable expectations, even those from the most optimistic of Celtics fans.

Worstvalue article

Ranking the NBA's Worst-Value Contracts in 2015-16

While productive players on dirt-cheap contracts fare especially well in the dollars-per-win-share metric, the same isn’t true for those who are struggling.

Bestvalue article

Ranking the NBA's Best-Value Contracts in 2015-16

These players have vastly outperformed their meager contracts by becoming legitimate contributors in their teams’ respective rotations.


Eastern Conference Evolution

Familiar contenders are falling by the wayside as new challengers rise.

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Get to Know a Free Agent: LaMarcus Aldridge

Aldridge is a lock to receive a max contract this summer, whether from Portland or another team. What makes him such an intensely desired addition, beyond his per-game statistical dominance?

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How The Warriors Re-Wrote The 'LeBron Rules'

LeBron always had a weakness in the Finals, but the Warriors won by not exploiting it.

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Five Questions: Oklahoma City Thunder

A title contender with a lottery pick, the Thunder have options. But what can they afford?

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Stan Van Gundy Strikes Gold With Ersan Ilyasova Trade

Stan Van Gundy has always wanted if not needed a stretch four. And now he has one.

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There Was No Wrong Choice for Finals MVP

There were many choices available for NBA Finals MVP. They were all right.

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The 2015 NBA Finals and the Burden of Expectations

When Kyrie Irving fractured his left kneecap during overtime of Game 1 against the Warriors, the dynamic of the 2015 NBA Finals irrevocably shifted.

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The 2015 NBA Finals Are A Narrative Feast, No Matter Who Wins

Whichever team emerges victorious in the 2015 NBA Finals will create a ready-made slew of narratives, much to the delight of sports writers nationwide.

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Tom Thibodeau Isn't Blameless in Messy Divorce From Chicago Bulls

Before rushing to make Tom Thibodeau into a martyr, remember that he deserves part of the blame for the messy divorce from the Chicago Bulls.