Brook Lopez

 

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.

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. 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.

On July 9, 2015, Lopez re-signed with the Nets to a three-year deal. 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). 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).

On January 2, 2016, Lopez recorded a then season-high 30 points and 13 rebounds in a 100–97 win over the Boston Celtics. Two days later, he was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played Monday, December 28 through Sunday, January 3.On January 24, he scored a season-high 31 points in a 116–106 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. He topped that mark six days later, recording 33 points and 10 rebounds in a 105–103 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. 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. 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.

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Career highlights and awards
NBA All-Star (2013)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2009)
Third-team All-American – AP, NABC (2008)
First-team All-Pac-10 (2008)
McDonald’s All-American (2006)
Third-team Parade All-American (2006)

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