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Brook Lopez Baby

Breathe.

Once more.

Good :)

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The DwightMare has come to a short hiatus until the trade deadline passes. For now- let's enjoy what's been done. Let's appreciate that Billy King and Prokhy have brought to this team- talent that has seldomly sported the Netsname. We are going from start a single all star with a bunch of D leaguers to a team that could feature four all star talents in a span of 3 months. Let's give Billy some credit. Sure he overpaid a bit, but he got talent and he got talent that WANTS to be here. Players who aren't known for causing trouble, who aren't known for being locker room problems, players who would ALL THRIVE playing next to our very own Deron Williams.

Time to get to my faworite- Slopez. I've had the pleasure of meeting Brook well over 5x now- and he is what you think he is- a very talented, goofy, young, and humble basketball player. Before I go into statistics, let's be civil in our discussions and remember that Brook played 3 fulls seasons (zero missed games his first 3 seasons) and literally never spoke out publicly against the nets and never displayed public frustration with playing on the dreaded 12-70 team and NEVER complained after being trade bait for the past 2 yrs.

CONTRACT comparison

Horford- 5yr / 60 mill

Noah- 5yr/ 60 mill

MGasol- 4yr/ 58 mill

Hibbert- 4yr/ 58 mill

Guess what guys- we may not like the contract and may think that Lopez is massively overpaid- but the #s say otherwise. Lopez is slightly overpaid, but is generally in the range of what other starting centers are simply getting paid. The league overpays for 7 footers and Lopez is no exception. Horford is really the only player who I could say is a better value- but he's really more of a 4 anyways. Every other player has similar value imo with comparable compensation.

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Before we get into head to head comparisons- let's talk about Dwill and Lopez. Dwill has REPEATEDLY stated how highly he thinks of Lopez and how excited he is to play a full season with a "great offensive talent" and "a young center who has so much more room to grow" and "a player I think I can help get the ball to." Our franchise player really likes Lopez and likes his game. My sample includes games from 2011 and 2012 that featured Dwill and Lopez playing 28 minutes+ (I only exclude 1 or 2 games). The sample has a total of 13 games (first 9 are from 2011 and last 3 are from this past season).

Dwills stats once traded to the Nets. 2011 season

Brook Lopez stats-playing with Dwill

PTS

AST

TRB

13 GP

PTS

TRB

BLK

14

12

4

25-Feb

13

8

1

25-Feb

15

17

5

26-Feb

21

7

3

26-Feb

13

18

5

28-Feb

28

10

0

28-Feb

16

11

3

4-Mar

25

2

3

4-Mar

21

17

4

5-Mar

34

14

8

5-Mar

16

9

6

14-Mar

20

5

3

14-Mar

5

11

4

17-Mar

22

8

0

17-Mar

22

8

8

30-Mar

26

9

1

30-Mar

18

12

3

3-Apr

16

3

0

3-Apr

18

21

4

5-Apr

30

12

2

5-Apr

23

8

6

2/22/2012

15

4

2

2/22/2012

12

12

4

2/28/2012

38

6

0

2/28/2012

12

8

2

3/2/2012

28

3

1

3/2/2012

15.76923

12.61538

4.461538

24.30769

7

1.846154

As you can see- they simply work well together. Deron has averaged 16/13/4 while Lopez has averaged 24/7/2. These are GREAT numbers by anyone's measure.

These two have only really played 1/4 of a single season together and have already shown a considerable amount of chemistry. The other key thing to remember is that these games were played with incredibly subpar supporting casts. Add to the mix that teams will now have to worry about Joe Johnson, Gerald Wallace, Mirza and company- expect great things my friends.

Just for fun- here are Humps #s with Dwill using the same 28min+ sample criteria.

PTS

TRB

FG%

13

11

56

26-Feb

16

15

53

28-Feb

18

17

57

4-Mar

20

17

47

5-Mar

16

15

50

14-Mar

13

16

42

17-Mar

15

14

50

30-Mar

15.85714

15

50.71429

16 and 15 on 51% shooting for a relatively unknown pf? Not bad guys. Sure he leaves much to be desired on the defensive edge- but he's no slouch.

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Now let's look at head to head- how has Lopez faired in minutes directly against the competition over his career.

I had to leave out certain stats like assists and turnovers because no matter how I formatted it,

the full stat line wouldn't show up on the post :( I stuck with the most traditionally important stats.

I apologize for the Xs separating out the stats- sbnation wasn't cooperating with me and wouldn't let

me space things out.

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Player G MP FG% FTA TRB STL BLK PTS ▾
Brook Lopez 4 37.8 0.508 9 9.8 1 1.5 24
Andrew Bynum 4 21.3 0.455 3.5 4.8 0 2 7.3

The sample size is small and the minute discrepancy is significant. However, what is clear is that Bynum

has NOT dominated Lopez with his legnth and stregnth advantage to date.Lopez has held his own against

his size and by extension-the Lakers front court. He gets to the line frequenty, and has scored with the best

of them. 24 and 10 on 51%? :)

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Player ▴ G MP FG% FTA TRB STL BLK PTS
Brook Lopez 6 36.5 0.515 7.8 9.7 0.8 1.3 22.8
Pau Gasol 6 37.5 0.533 6.8 10.3 0.7 2.2 21.8

Now I know Gasol is more of a PF than a C, especially as of late, but I thought the comparison was important

considering the minute discrepancy with Bynum v Lopez. The C minwere given to Gasol when Bynum wasn't

playing because Odom was the 4. This is my favoriate comparison. Nearly identicaly across the board outside

of Gasol's passing advwhich should surpirse no one. Lopez 23/10 against Gasol 22/10. A nice balance out

for our boy Brook.

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Player G MP ▾ FG% FTA TRB STL BLK PTS
Brook Lopez 5 35.2 0.5 4.6 5.4 0.4 1 16.4
Andrew Bogut 5 33.2 0.524 2.2 10 0.2 3.4 18.2

Bogut is a bruiser, very physical and strong. A much better than lopez and it shows. Bogut kept lopez off the

line and blocked him frequently. Even then, Lopez put up a respectable 16 pts and a not so impressive

5 rebound against the much bigger bogut. It is important to note that the majority of the head to head was

earlier in Lopez's career before Bogut's latest injury

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xPlayer ▴ xG MP FG% FTA TRB STL BLK PTS
Brook Lopez 7 34.4 0.557 5 8 0.4 2.1 19.6
Tyson Chandler 7 28.3 0.444 3.4 8 1.1 1.1 8.3

My favorite head to head for obvious reasons. A large sample size and one that paints a clear picture-

Slopez has consistently outplayed the DPOY and NYK favorite player, Tyson Chandler.

Lopez has averaged 20/8/2 vs. 8/8/1. Lopez shot quite well against the longer and more athletic Tyson

@ 56% and did NOT live @ the line with only 5FTAttempts.

Get ready MSG- Blopez is coming :)

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Player ▴ G MP FG% FTA TRB STL BLK PTS
Brook Lopez 11 31.5 0.442 3.5 6.4 0.8 1.5 13.7
Dwight Howard 11 35.1 0.611 11.8 14.5 1.4 3 20.5

The one comparison we all wish we could ignore. No surpirses. Lopez doesn't necessarily struggles against

longer and more athletic centers or stronger and more physical center ,however he TANKS when you have a

player like D12 who is longer, stronger, more athletic, and more physical. 14/6 on 44% shooting vs 21/15/3

from D12. I will say this though,with lopez finally being surrounded by talent- watch for these numbers to

quickly improve. D12 will actually have to worry about others cutting and shooting from the perimeter

and not be able to simply focus all his energy on dominating the post against slopez.

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Player ▴ G MP FG% FTA TRB STL BLK PTS
Brook Lopez 7 38.6 0.557 6.3 6.9 0.4 1.9 17.9
Kendrick Perkins 7 28.4 0.521 3.6 7.7 0.4 1.4 9.1

Another fun comparison. Perkins is often heralded as one of the leagues top defenders, well, not necessarily

against Brook. Lopez has averaged 18/7/2 on 56% shooting againstour boy Kendrick. Perkins on the other

hand has averaged 9/8/1. Again, I like our chances with Lopez vs. Perkins.

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xPlayer ▴ xG MP FG% FTA TRB STL BLK PTS
Brook Lopez 9 35 0.508 4.3 8.2 0.2 1.6 17.3
Joakim Noah 9 28.8 0.554 2.4 8.4 1 2.4 8.9

Two good centers with two very diff skillsets on two very good teams. Lopez has averaged 17/8/2 on 50%

shooting while noah has averaged 9/8/2 on 55% shooting in 9 games.

Again we find that lopez has held his own against another good defender

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xx

Player ▴ G MP FG% FTA TRB STL BLK PTS
Brook Lopez 10 31.5 0.451 5 6.6 1 1.5 17
Roy Hibbert 10 25.2 0.583 2.7 5.1 0.6 2.4 13

A large sample size again and we find Lopez has done alrite- but struggled from the field against Hibbert.

Lopez has averaged 17/7 on 45% shooting vs. Hibberts 13/5/2 on 58%

Hibbert clearly had his best year last season when Lopez was injured, but I still expect Lopez to hold his

own against Hibbert and have him bite on his plethora of fakes/moves

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Player G MP FG% FTA TRB STL BLK PTS
Brook Lopez 6 35.7 0.534 5.2 6.2 0.7 2.2 17.3
Marc Gasol 6 36.2 0.508 6 8.5 1.2 1.2 15.2

The more physical of the Spaniards. A decent sample size with nearly identical minutes played. Lopez

has averaged 17/6 on 53% vs. Marcs 15/9 on 50%. No surprises here- Marcand Brook both put up decent #s

in line with their career averages.

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Player ▾ G MP FG% FTA TRB STL BLK PTS
Brook Lopez 10 34.9 0.524 4.6 7.1 0.5 1.5 16.7
Al Horford 10 34.6 0.518 3.3 9.7 0.7 0.6 14.3

A fun comparison. Horford gave Lopez some trouble in a few games I watched, but over the 10 game span,

the numbers are again reflective of their respective careers. Lopez

averaged 17/7 on 52% while Horford has averaged 14/10 on 52% shooting.

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Player ▾ xG MP FG% FTA TRB STL BLK PTS
Brook Lopez 5 33.6 0.429 7.2 9.4 0.2 2 16.8
Al Jefferson 5 32.2 0.487 4 8 0.6 2.4 18

The 'other' offensive juggernaut at the center position. Jefferson is a player that many have compared lopez

too because of their similar arenal of post moves, good ft shooting,and midrange shooting capabilities.

This sample is interesting- particularly because for some reason Lopez really struggled

from the line against jefferson- only 66% on 7 att which brought his scoring down. Lopez averaged 17/9/2 on

43% shooting while Big Al averaged 18/8 on 49% shooting.

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Player G MP FG% FTA TRB STL BLK PTS
Brook Lopez 5 38 0.621 3.8 7.8 0.6 2.8 18.8
Chris Kaman 5 35.2 0.586 3.2 8.2 0.8 1 18.6

Fun comparison for me. I actually think that Lopez is some strange hybrid of Kaman/Jefferson with his own Stanford Spice. Lopez averaged 19/8/3 on 62% shooting while Kaman put up 19/8 on 59% shooting. Very similar numbers. One important thing to note is the low # of FTA for lopez and strangely low (63%) ft. Both of these are normally much higher. x

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Now- let's sit back and be objective. Lopez is a quality starting center in this league. He is clearly a very talented scorer. What the staxs tell us are that Lopez performs well against a variety of defensive players and teams(exception being D12 boooo) and that Lopez has NOT allowed other centers to dominate him (contrary to what many believe). Is Lopez a great defender? NO. Is lopez a capable one on one defender? YES. Is lopez a good help defender? Fair at best- but does Lopez change the defense around the rim? YES.

Let's hope for the best and support one of the few guys that has always rode with us and kept his mouth shut. Let's support a player who could end up being the best center in franchise history and someone who could form a deadly combination with our franchise point guard.

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