Lopez with the Brooklyn Nets
|No. 11 – Brooklyn Nets|
April 1, 1988 |
North Hollywood, California
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||275 lb (125 kg)|
|High school||San Joaquin Memorial
|NBA draft||2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall|
|Selected by the New Jersey Nets|
|Pro playing career||2008–present|
|2008–present||New Jersey / Brooklyn Nets|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
Brook Lopez (born April 1, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is the twin brother of basketball player Robin Lopez, who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers. Lopez was selected 10th overall by the Nets in the 2008 NBA Draft, after playing two years for Stanford in the Pacific-10 Conference of the NCAA. In 2013, Lopez was selected to play in his first NBA All-Star Game.
Brook Lopez was born in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, to Deborah Ledford and his now-estranged father, Heriberto Lopez, a native of Cuba. His grandfather played at the University of Colorado. Lopez moved from Hollywood to Oak Harbor, Washington, while in second grade to be near his older brother, Alex, who was playing basketball at the University of Washington at the time. He moved to his current hometown of Fresno, California, a year later, where he attended San Joaquin Memorial High School. While there he played basketball with his twin brother, Robin Lopez, as well as Quincy Pondexter, a fellow NBA player. Both teammates played with Lopez on their successful AAU team, the Elite Basketball Organization (EBO), along with Derrick Jasper and Tre'Von Willis, both of UNLV. Brook, along with his brother, Robin, committed to Stanford University early in 2005. The Lopez twins were the second twin combination at Stanford, following Jason Collins and Jarron Collins.
The 2006-2007 basketball season was Lopez's first season at Stanford University. He was honored as an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention while being named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team. He averaged 12.6 points and 6.0 rebounds over the course of the season. His next season he averaged 19.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.1 blocks per game. In the second round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament, Lopez hit the game winning shot at the buzzer against the Marquette Golden Eagles to win 82-81 in overtime. He was named to the All-Pac-10 First Team and an All-American Third Team his sophomore season. On March 31, 2008, both Lopez brothers declared for the 2008 NBA draft.
New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets (2008–present)
Lopez was drafted by the New Jersey Nets 10th overall. His twin brother, Robin, was drafted 15th overall by the Phoenix Suns. Brook Lopez played in his first NBA game on October 29, 2008 in a 95-85 Nets win. In his first game Lopez came off the bench and had 8 points 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 25 minutes. Brook Lopez began starting for the Nets after an injury took Josh Boone out of the line-up, and afterwards he started putting up solid numbers for the team. Lopez was selected to compete in the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend Rookie Challenge. For his rookie season Lopez averaged 13.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game, playing in all 82 games of the regular season. He ranked 4th in the NBA in total blocks with 154 and 9th in blocks per game with 1.9, which was first among rookies . He finished third in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting and was named to the All-Rookie first team. He was selected as NBA Rookie of the Month twice in the months of January and February. The Nets finished at 34-48, failing to qualify for the playoffs.
The Nets started the 2009-10 season going 0-18, the worst start to a season in NBA history. Because of their start the Nets fired head coach Lawrence Frank. The Nets won their first game on December 4, 2009 against the Charlotte Bobcats 97-91. Lopez contributed in the win with 31 points and 14 rebounds. In his second season, Lopez established career bests in minutes played per game (36.9) and rebounds per game (8.6) while averaging 18.8 points per game. Lopez started in all the Nets' games in the 2009-10 season. Despite his improving play, however, the Nets would struggle all season, finishing with one of the worst records in NBA history at 12-70; only 3 more wins than the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers.
For his third NBA season, Lopez for the third consecutive year played in all 82 regular season games. Lopez struggled rebounding the ball during the season and was criticized by head coach Avery Johnson because of his rebounding. During the season the Nets traded for all-star point guard Deron Williams. The move helped Lopez out significantly, as he saw his scoring average increase. During the season Lopez averaged 20.4 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.5 blocks. The Nets finished at 24-58, once again missing the playoffs.
In the preseason of the lockout-shortened 2011-2012 campaign, Lopez broke his right foot and missed the first 32 games of the regular season. In his season debut against the Milwaukee Bucks, Lopez finished with 9 points and 2 boards. In only his third game back, he scored a season high 38 points in a road win over the Dallas Mavericks. Five games after his season debut, he injured his right ankle in a win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Due to the Nets' poor record, they decided to shut down Lopez for the remainder of the 2011-2012 season. In the little time that Lopez played he averaged 19.2 points and a career low in rebounds with 3.6.
On July 11, 2012, the Nets re-signed Lopez to a four year, $61 million contract extension. Lopez got off to a hot start in 2012, scoring 27 points in the season opener against the Toronto Raptors. He followed that performance by scoring 20 or more points in seven of the next twelve games, before injuring his ankle in a win over the Boston Celtics on November 28. The Nets struggled to a 2-5 record without Lopez before he returned on December 14. He began to play well again in late December, posting three straight 20 point, 10 rebound games, including a 35 point, 11 rebound performance in a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on December 29.
On January 30, 2013, NBA Commissioner David Stern selected Lopez to replace Rajon Rondo in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game after Rondo suffered a season ending ACL injury. This would be Lopez's first appearance as an All-Star. In the game, Lopez finished the game with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 points in 11 minutes; all of his points came from the free throw line. On March 20, 2013, the Nets were on the road playing the Dallas Mavericks when Lopez had 38 points and 11 rebounds in a 113-97 Nets win. His 38 point total was only 1 point away from his career high of 39. At the end of the 2012-13 season, Lopez averaged 19.4 points and 6.9 rebounds as he also set a new career high in blocks with 2.1. At the end of the season the Nets won 49 games and were the fourth seed in the east.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
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