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New Orleans Hornets Have Viable Center in Robin Lopez

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One of the biggest breakout players in the NBA this season has been Brook Lopez. He’s lived up to a huge contract and been the best player for the Brooklyn Nets for most of the year. However, another breakout player that not as many people are discussing is actually his twin brother, Robin Lopez of the New Orleans Hornets.

This season is Lopez’s first year in New Orleans after playing four seasons with the Phoenix Suns. His best season in Phoenix was in 2009-2010, when he played just 19.3 minutes per game and averaged 8.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and one block per game, while shooting 58.8 percent from the floor.

However, the Hornets have increased his role from his days with the Suns and he has delivered. He’s playing an average of 25.5 minutes per game. He’s also averaging 11.3 points, 5.3 boards and 1.7 blocks on 55.1 percent shooting. Lopez has been able to be effective in a larger role.

Another thing that Lopez gives the Hornets is another player that they can use as part of their rebuilding plan. Lopez is just 24-years old and is in just his fifth season in the Association. There’s no reason to believe that he’s done developing.

He’s by no means going to be the centerpiece for New Orleans in the future – that’s obviously a title reserved for rookie sensation Anthony Davis. However, it seems like Lopez has a chance to be a quality frontcourt partner to Davis as the Hornets look to build a team that can be successful in the coming years.

Cody Williams is a Senior NBA Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.