Let's get this out of the way: I do not hate Brook Lopez. Brook hasn't had much to work with in his young career, and in his first few seasons he has been a very consistent scorer. We can argue about his defense all day, but this Fan Post isn't meant to argue whether Brook is/isn't bad at defense and will/won't get better.
But here's the reason I think the Nets need to look into trading Brook Lopez: the great teams all have something in common, and it's got nothing to do with having 'super-stars' (because what does that mean, anyway?).
The dynastic Spurs, Lakers, Celtics, what two things do they have in common in the new (2000s) NBA? They all had/have guys who can exploit the hand-check fouls that allow guards and small forwards to drive the lane at will..Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Manu Ginobili. They also have/had big power forwards who could anchor the defense.
Brook Lopez should be used as a trade piece to acquire one of those players. I don't want to go out on a limb and say who that might be because I believe that whoever that player is, they aren't available right now, at least none that will legitimately make the team a threat (I haven't seen a lot of Danny Granger so I can't really speak to how elite he is). Next February, we might reasonably be able to say that a Top 5 pick in the 2012 draft will potentially net the next great PF-C combo in Anthony Davis, or a future star scoring SG or SF like Rivers, Gilchrist or Barnes.
Having a shooting center is great, but it's a luxury when he's not a banger down low and you only have guys who stand on the perimeter and chuck the rock, with no real get-to-the-rim moves to speak of (Morrow has shown the ability to hit the runner but that's about it.) The Nets need scoring, Dwight Howard or no Dwight Howard.. in fact, with Dwight Howard, this team would lose to the Hawks a lot worse than the Magic did. The obvious solution is the only solution- trade the only player of value not named Deron Williams at the 2012 Trade Deadline, Brook Lopez.