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Lopez Defense Getting Him High Marks in Rookie Ranks

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ESPN's David Thorpe ranks rookies this week on their defensive prowess and thinks Brook Lopez has a chance to be "elite." He writes, "It'll be easy to project Lopez to one day be one of the best scorers/shot-blockers in the NBA." He ranks Lopez #5 among top rookies, which means Wednesday's game with the Grizz will feature three of Thorpe's top five: Lopez, Marc Gasol and O.J. Mayo.