Brook Lopez

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Brook Lopez
Brook Lopez.jpg
Lopez with the Nets in 2009
No. 11 – Brooklyn Nets
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1988-04-01) April 1, 1988 (age 28)
North Hollywood, California
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)
Listed weight 268 lb (122 kg)
Career information
High school San Joaquin Memorial
(Fresno, California)
College Stanford (2006–2008)
NBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10th overall
Selected by the New Jersey Nets
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–present New Jersey / Brooklyn Nets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Brook Robert Lopez (born April 1, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected 10th overall by the Nets in the 2008 NBA draft, after playing two years of college basketball for Stanford. In 2013, Lopez was selected to play in his first NBA All-Star Game. He is the twin brother of fellow NBA player Robin Lopez.

Early life[edit]

Brook Lopez was born in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, 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 future 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.[1]

College career[edit]

Lopez (right) with brother Robin in college

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.[2]

Professional career[edit]

New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets (2008–present)[edit]

Rookie season[edit]

Lopez was drafted by the New Jersey Nets 10th overall. His twin brother, Robin, was drafted 15th overall by the Phoenix Suns. 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.[3] 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.[4] He finished third in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting and was named to the All-Rookie first team.[5] 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.

Brook Lopez posting up Andray Blatche in 2009

2009–10 season[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7] 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 struggled 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.[8]

2010–11 season[edit]

Brook Lopez shooting a free throw

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.[9] 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.[10]

2011–12 season[edit]

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.[11] In the little time that Lopez played he averaged 19.2 points and a career low in rebounds with 3.6.

2012–13 season[edit]

Lopez with the Brooklyn Nets in 2013

On July 11, 2012, the Nets re-signed Lopez to a four-year, $61 million contract extension.[12] 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.[13]

On January 30, 2013, NBA Commissioner David Stern selected Lopez to play in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, his first All-Star appearance, replacing Rajon Rondo who had suffered a season-ending ACL injury.[14] 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.[15] 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.[16] 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.[17] Lopez played all seven of the Nets playoff games, averaging 22.3 points and 7.4 rebounds. The Nets were eliminated in a seven-game, first-round series by the Chicago Bulls.

2013–14 season[edit]

In a season-opening loss at the Cleveland Cavaliers, Lopez scored 21 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.[18] On November 15, 2013, Lopez logged 27 points and 7 rebounds in an overtime win over the Phoenix Suns. On December 7, 2013, Lopez had 32 points and 7 rebounds against the Milwaukee Bucks.[19] On December 20, 2013, the Nets announced Lopez was out for the remainder of the season with a foot injury he had suffered the night before against the Philadelphia 76ers.[20] In the 17 games that Lopez played, he averaged 20.7 points 6 rebounds 56.3% from the field and 81.7% from the free throw line. This was the first season he didn't manage to record at least one double-double.[21]

2014–15 season[edit]

On November 3, 2014, Lopez made his 2014–15 season debut after missing the first two games with a foot injury. In just under 24 minutes of action, he recorded 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 steal in the 116-85 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.[22] He went on to miss eight games between December 8 and December 21 with a lower back strain, and following his return on December 23 against Denver, Lopez was benched in favor of Mason Plumlee who was the starting center in Lopez' absence. He remained coming off the bench for three more games before starting alongside Plumlee on December 30 against Chicago with Kevin Garnett out resting.[23] He subsequently recorded 29 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in the 96-82 win.[24]

On March 20, 2015, Lopez recorded 32 points and a season-high 18 rebounds in a 129-127 triple overtime win over the Milwaukee Bucks.[25] On April 6, he was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, March 30 through Sunday, April 5. He led the Nets to a 3-1 week behind team-leading averages of 20.8 points (sixth in the conference), 10.3 rebounds (fourth in the conference) and 2.0 blocks (tied-fifth in the conference).[26]

On June 26, 2015, Lopez opted out of his contract with the Nets to become a free agent.[27]

2015–16 season[edit]

On July 9, 2015, Lopez re-signed with the Nets to a three-year deal.[28] On December 8, in a win over the Houston Rockets, Lopez became the sixth player to make 400 starts for the Nets franchise, following Buck Williams (633), Jason Kidd (504), Kerry Kittles (455), Richard Jefferson (417) and Jason Collins (405).[29] On December 26, in a loss to the Washington Wizards, Lopez made nine field goals and passed Vince Carter (3,126) for second in franchise history. Lopez finished the game with 3,127 career field goals made, a mark trailing only Buck Williams (3,981).[30]

On January 2, 2016, Lopez recorded a then season-high 30 points and 13 rebounds in a 100–97 win over the Boston Celtics.[31] Two days later, he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, December 28 through Sunday, January 3.[32] On January 24, he scored a season-high 31 points in a 116–106 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.[33] He topped that mark six days later, recording 33 points and 10 rebounds in a 105–103 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.[34] On February 19, he tied his season-high of 33 points in a 109–98 win over the New York Knicks. He moved past Richard Jefferson (8,507 points) into third place on the Nets' career scoring list.[35] On March 24, with 22 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Lopez moved past Vince Carter into second place on the Nets' career scoring list with 8,835 points.[36]

2016–17 season[edit]

On November 2, 2016, Lopez recorded 34 points and 11 rebounds in a 109–101 win over the Detroit Pistons. He hit four three-pointers during the game, matching his career total for three-pointers made;[37] he also made multiple three-pointers in a game for the first time in his career.[38] On November 15, he recorded 30 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in a 125–118 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. He became the Nets' franchise leader in blocked shots, passing George Johnson's 863 blocks.[39] On December 28, he scored 33 points and hit a career-high five three-pointers in a 101–99 loss to the Chicago Bulls.[40] On January 25, 2017, he had another 33-point effort while setting a career high with seven three-pointers in a 109–106 loss to the Miami Heat.[41] On February 15, 2017, he scored a season-high 36 points and tied his career high with eight blocks in a 129–125 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.[42] On March 1, he scored 24 points in a 109–100 win over the Sacramento Kings. It was only Brooklyn's 10th win of the season, as Lopez surpassed 10,000 points with the Nets. He became the second player in Nets history to score 10,000 points—his 10,014 points seeing him sit behind only Buck Williams (10,440) on the franchise list.[43] On March 26 against Atlanta, Lopez became the Nets' career leader in field goals, passing Buck Williams. Lopez got the seven field goals he needed to pass Williams' team record of 3,981.[44]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  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

Regular season[edit]

2008–09 New Jersey 82 75 30.5 .531 .000 .793 8.1 1.0 .5 1.8 13.0
2009–10 New Jersey 82 82 36.9 .499 .000 .817 8.6 2.3 .7 1.7 18.8
2010–11 New Jersey 82 82 35.2 .492 .000 .787 6.0 1.6 .6 1.5 20.4
2011–12 New Jersey 5 5 27.2 .494 .000 .625 3.6 1.2 .2 .8 19.2
2012–13 Brooklyn 74 74 30.4 .521 .000 .758 6.9 .9 .4 2.1 19.4
2013–14 Brooklyn 17 17 31.4 .563 .000 .817 6.0 .9 .5 1.8 20.7
2014–15 Brooklyn 72 44 29.2 .513 .100 .814 7.4 .7 .6 1.8 17.2
2015–16 Brooklyn 73 73 33.7 .511 .143 .787 7.8 2.0 .8 1.7 20.6
Career 487 452 32.6 .511 .097 .791 7.4 1.4 .6 1.7 18.3
All-Star 1 0 11.0 .000 .000 .750 5.0 3.0 .0 .0 3.0


2013 Brooklyn 7 7 37.6 .472 1.000 .886 7.4 1.4 .9 3.0 22.3
2015 Brooklyn 6 6 39.0 .494 .000 .825 9.0 .8 .7 2.2 19.8
Career 13 13 38.2 .481 1.000 .857 8.2 1.2 .8 2.6 21.2

Personal life[edit]

Lopez has three brothers: Chris, Alex and Robin. Alex played college basketball for Washington and Santa Clara,[45] and professionally in Japan, New Zealand,[46] and Spain, while Robin also plays in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Profile at
  2. ^ "Robin, Brook to enter NBA draft after two seasons at Stanford". ESPN. 
  3. ^ "New Jersey Nets vs. Washington Wizards: NBA 2008-09 Season Opener". goldstar. 
  4. ^ Brook Lopez
  5. ^ "Bulls' Rose takes home Rookie of Year Award". NBA. 
  6. ^ "Nets fire Frank amid trip". espn. 
  7. ^ "After 0-18 start, Nets break through for first win of season". ESPN. 
  8. ^ "Worst NBA Teams Ever". ESPN. 
  9. ^ "Avery blasts Brook as Nets falter again". Daily News. New York. 
  10. ^ "New Jersey Nets: 2010–11 Season Review". bleacherreport. 
  11. ^ Nets shut down C Brook Lopez for the season
  12. ^ "Brooklyn Nets Re-Sign Brook Lopez". 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  13. ^ Bontemps, Tim (December 30, 2012). "Lopez pours in 35 as Nets clip Cavs". nypost. 
  14. ^ "Brook Lopez Named To Eastern Conference All-Star Squad". CBS News New York. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  15. ^ Bontemps, Tim (February 18, 2013). "Short All-Star night for Nets' Lopez". nypost. Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "Brook Lopez-Deron Williams tandem powers Nets past Mavs". Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  17. ^ "Brooklyn Nets end season with game vs. Detroit Pistons". SBnation. 
  18. ^ "New-look Nets fall to Cavaliers in opener as Deron Williams plays just 21 minutes". New York: NYdailynews. 
  19. ^ "Brook Lopez, Nets bounce back to defeat Bucks". ESPN. 
  20. ^ Youngmisuk, Ohm. "Nets' Brook Lopez out for season". 
  21. ^ Brook Lopez 2013-14 Game Log
  22. ^ Lopez returns as Nets rout injury-depleted Thunder
  23. ^ Brook Lopez 2014-15 Game Log
  24. ^ Lopez leads Nets over Bulls 96-82
  25. ^ Lopez, Nets pull out 3-overtime victory over slumping Bucks
  26. ^ Nets' Lopez, Harden named Players of the Week
  27. ^ "Nets' Brook Lopez opts to become free agent". June 26, 2015. Retrieved June 27, 2015. 
  28. ^ "Player Signing Press Conference". July 9, 2015. Archived from the original on July 11, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015. 
  29. ^ "Nets hold off Rockets to sweep season series". December 8, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 
  30. ^ "Wall, Wizards beat Nets 111-96, win fourth straight". December 26, 2015. Retrieved December 26, 2015. 
  31. ^ "Lopez has 30 points, 13 rebounds, Nets beat Celtic". January 2, 2016. Retrieved January 2, 2016. 
  32. ^ "Brook Lopez Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week". January 4, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2016. 
  33. ^ "Lopez scores 31, Nets end Thunder's seven-game win streak". January 24, 2016. Retrieved January 24, 2016. 
  34. ^ "Pelicans beat Nets 105-103 on Holiday's winning jumper". January 30, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2016. 
  35. ^ "Brook Lopez, Nets hand Knicks seventh straight loss, 109-98". February 19, 2016. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  36. ^ "Nets blow by LeBron, Cavs in 4th, win 104-95". March 24, 2016. Retrieved March 25, 2016. 
  37. ^ "Brook Lopez Matches Career Total with 4 Three Pointers!". November 2, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  38. ^ "Lopez double-double Leads Nets over Pistons". November 2, 2016. Retrieved November 3, 2016. 
  39. ^ "Russell, Randle push surging Lakers past Nets, 125-118". November 15, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  40. ^ "Butler scores 40, buzzer-beater lifts Bulls over Nets 101-99". December 28, 2016. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  41. ^ "Waiters scores 24, Heat erase 18-point deficit to beat Nets". January 25, 2017. Retrieved January 26, 2017. 
  42. ^ "Antetokounmpo scores 33, Bucks hold off Nets 129-125". February 15, 2017. Retrieved February 15, 2017. 
  43. ^ "Nets end 16-game skid with 109-100 road win over Kings". March 1, 2017. Retrieved March 2, 2017. 
  44. ^ "Lopez has 23 points as Nets top slumping Hawks, 107-92". March 26, 2017. Retrieved March 26, 2017. 
  45. ^ All kidding aside, Lopez brothers enjoyed one fun ride
  46. ^ 2000 NBL Standings and Statistical Leaders

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