Brooklyn Nets Center Brook Lopez Should Have Made All-NBA Team

By Mike B. Ruiz
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Brook Lopez just couldn’t feel the love this season.

Despite being possibly the best center in the league this year, the man in the middle for the Brooklyn Nets was only named to his first All Star team as an injury replacement.

And when the All-NBA teams were announced on Thursday, Lopez was wrongfully left on the outside looking in.

Future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs got the nod at center for the All-NBA First Team, as he posted averages of 17.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.65 blocks per game.

Points was the only category where Lopez outdid Duncan, with 19.4 per contest in 2012-13, making Duncan more deserving of the honor.

But then there is Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, who was named to the All-NBA Second Team. Gasol slightly outdid Lopez’s 6.9 rebounds per game with 7.8 of his own, and his average of four assists per game in comparison to Lopez’s 0.9 was significantly higher. However, Lopez was better by more than five points and half a block a night.

It seems that the only reason Gasol got the edge over Lopez was his Defensive Player of the Year Award, but considering that most people were shocked that he even won that honor, that would only makes it appear worse.

Dwight Howard being named the All-NBA Third Team center was the biggest joke of all, though. The Los Angeles Lakers center averaged less points, 17.1 per game, and hardly any more blocks, 2.4 per game, than Lopez. He did outdo Lopez in rebounding and assists with 12.4 and 1.4 per game, respectively, but when you consider that Howard underperformed on a team that greatly underachieved, and Lopez was the most consistent player on a team that improved in one season from 22 wins to 49, Lopez should have beaten out Howard for that last All-NBA center spot.

Hopefully the voters will be smarter next year if Lopez has similar numbers.

Mike B. Ruiz is a Brooklyn Nets writer for Follow him on Twitter @mikebruiz and “Like” him on Facebook.

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