Since Brook Lopez came into the National Basketball Association five seasons ago for the New Jersey Nets, he has been one of the best-scoring big men in the whole league. With the team’s move to Brooklyn this season, there were new hopes and expectations on Lopez to perform just as well for a team that had playoff aspirations. Lopez has lived up to those expectations this year, averaging nearly 19 points a game while pulling down over seven rebounds per contest.
Lopez came into the league with his twin brother Robin and obviously Brooklyn picked the better Lopez since Robin is only averaging seven points for his career even though he is hitting career-highs this season for the New Orleans Hornets. This season, it has been a show to watch with the Nets and Brook Lopez though. The team is 33-23 after a loss Friday night and is inching closer and closer to making sure that they have homecourt advantage for the first round of the playoffs.
There have been a lot of different players who have stepped up this season in Brooklyn with Lopez being right up there with the rest. While it won’t be a career that will land Lopez in the Hall of Fame, it has been a very solid beginning of Lopez’s career. If he can help lead the Nets into the playoffs and especially if the team can overtake the New York Knicks in the Atlantic Division, there could be a shift in the overall fan support to Brooklyn in the New York area. That would be a definite shift from the days of the Nets in New Jersey.