How High Lopez's Ceiling?

FILE - JULY 12, 2012: According to reports July, 12, 2012, the Brooklyn Nets have signed center Brook Lopez. .. LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 14: Brook Lopez #11 of the New Jersey Nets shoots over Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on January 14, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 100-88. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Nets front office has made three claims this off-season about the personnel they signed, re-signed or traded for.

Deron Williams, said Billy King and Avery Johnson, is the best point guard in the league. It's arguable, but a reasonable assertion. Next, they contend the Nets have the best backcourt in the NBA with Williams and Joe Johnson. Certainly possible, particularly when you factor in the deep bench. The third claim is that Brook Lopez is a top five center. When healthy, he's certainly among the top offensive pivot men, but top five overall?

Tim Bontemps tries his hand at the Lopez assertion and comes away unconvinced. For him, Lopez is no better than eighth or ninth, but he notes, the 24-year-old could get a lot better.

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