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How Valuable Is Brook Lopez?

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Feb 28, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots against Dallas Mavericks forward Brandan Wright (34) at American Airlines Center.  Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE
Feb 28, 2012; Dallas, TX, USA; New Jersey Nets center Brook Lopez (11) shoots against Dallas Mavericks forward Brandan Wright (34) at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

No, not as a trade piece, but as a player on the Nets, as a guy who can dominate down low, in the high post or on the wing.

"I’ve said it all season, when we get him back we become a different team and you a saw that a lot," said Deron Williams. "We could just throw the ball to him, watch him go to work. And when the double team comes, he knows how to find people. He’s not selfish, he knows how to play the game."

The team's two outside threats remember thinking what might have been during the Mavericks game. "‘This is how it could have been all season.’ He had like 26 at that point. I was so open," recalls Anthony Morrow. MarShon Brooks said watching Lopez made him think, "I can focus on other things, helping the team in other ways."