Bryan Toporek

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Name: Bryan Toporek
Date registered: 14 April, 2013
URL: http://hoop76

Latest posts

  1. The Case for Maxing Out Jordan Clarkson — 30 June, 2016
  2. Reports: Embiid Cleared to Scrimmage, Simmons Going No. 1 — 21 June, 2016
  3. ‘Chasing Perfection’ While Chasing Pingpong Balls — 10 June, 2016
  4. 5-on-5: Who Do You Choose at No. 1? — 18 May, 2016
  5. The Definitive 2016 Sixers Draft Lottery Primer: 1, 4 (?), 24, 26. — 17 May, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. Was All the Sixers’ Tanking Worth It? — 20 comments
  2. George Karl Goes Off on Sixers’ Rebuild — 16 comments
  3. Analyzing Sam Hinkie’s Trade-Deadline Approach — 16 comments
  4. Will the Sixers Lose Out? Don’t Bet On It. — 14 comments
  5. Sorting Through Sixers Trade Rumors — 13 comments

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Jun 30 2016

The Case for Maxing Out Jordan Clarkson

The Los Angeles Lakers dealt the Philadelphia 76ers’ ongoing rebuild a detrimental setback last June by selecting D’Angelo Russell ahead of Jahlil Okafor. Though the jury remains out on the Ohio State product, he certainly would’ve been a better short-term fit than Okafor given Philadelphia’s crowded frontcourt featuring Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric, Jerami Grant and Richaun Holmes.

This summer, the Sixers have an opportunity to exact some measure of revenge on the Lakers. According to USA Today‘s Sam Amick, Philadelphia may approach Jordan Clarkson with an offer sheet:

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Jun 21 2016

Reports: Embiid Cleared to Scrimmage, Simmons Going No. 1

With two days to go until Thursday’s draft, Tuesday provided clarity regarding the Sixers’ future moving forward.

News broke last week that presumptive No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons was refusing to work out for the Sixers (or any other team), which led to a hot-take-pocalypse suggesting he was trying to force his way to the Los Angeles Lakers. That narrative took a nosedive into oblivion Tuesday morning, as Simmons privately worked out for the Sixers in Philadelphia, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.’s Marc Stein reported there was “little chance” that Simmons’ agent, Rich Paul, … Read the rest

Jun 10 2016

‘Chasing Perfection’ While Chasing Pingpong Balls

chasing perfection

As much as it makes Doug Collins want to blow his brains out, the NBA has entered the era of Big Data. Gone are the days where basic counting statistics take precedence over shooting efficiency, per-possession averages and defensive metrics.

As Andy Glockner notes in his new book, Chasing Perfection, the league’s analytics revolution is hardly limited to players’ on-court output. In particular, teams across the Association are placing an increased emphasis on every aspect of player development and wellness, something which former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie prioritized during his three-year tenure.

In speaking with Glockner, Dr. … Read the rest

May 18 2016

5-on-5: Who Do You Choose at No. 1?


On Tuesday evening, the lottery gods smiled upon Philadelphia, bestowing the No. 1 overall pick upon the Sixers. After a night of jubilant celebration, the Hoop76 crew got together to weigh in the lottery aftermath.

1. Soooo… Simmons or Ingram?

Bryan Toporek (@btoporek): Although Brandon Ingram is undeniably the better fit with the current roster, I’m going with Simmons here. The value of having that type of offensive creator at the 4 outweighs the concerns about his nonexistent jumper and his questionable attitude. It certainly doesn’t hurt that Brett Brown has long-lasting ties to the Simmons family, as Read the rest

May 17 2016

The Definitive 2016 Sixers Draft Lottery Primer: 1, 4 (?), 24, 26.

The 2016 draft lottery — Sixers Twitter’s Finals Game 7 —  is finally here. This is THE single most important night of the Sam Hinkie era, even if Hinkie isn’t a part of the franchise anymore. His legacy and the team’s fate will be determined by what is essentially a coin flip.

Because lottery-related stress has already driven me to the brink of insanity, I’ll be conducting a self-interview breaking down everything you need to know.

Explain the lottery to me.

The CliffsNotes version: Each team gets a certain number of four-digit combinations of pingpong balls based on their final … Read the rest

Apr 18 2016

Sam Hinkie Wasn’t Blameless In His Professional Demise

It’s no secret many Sixers fans are furious about the recent events that ultimately culminated in general manager Sam Hinkie stepping down from his post. (Many of us are very much included in that group.) On the surface, it appears as though the team’s owners simply lost patience with Hinkie’s multi-year rebuilding model and began acting impetuously, first by hiring Jerry Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations (aka shadow emperor) in December, and then by attempting to hire a “basketball person” to complement Hinkie in the front office.

Before placing too much blame on the team’s owners for their recent … Read the rest

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