Feb 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Eastern Conference center Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets speaks to the media during a press conference at the Hilton Americas. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Brook Lopez: 1st career All-Star Game


 

This weekend  Houston, Texas hosts the 2013 NBA All- Star game and the stars will be out. From Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant etc, amongst those names will be Brooklyn Nets Center Brook Lopez. After Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo was ruled out due to injury the league replaced him with the 4 year pro out of Stanford. Last season Lopez’ name had been in several trade rumors/scenarios for Dwight Howard. Plagued by injuries all of last season Lopez only managed to suit out for five games. Before the injury Brook Lopez was averaging (19.2) points per game and shot 50% from the field. This season has been much of the same, Lopez averaging a team leading (19.0) points per game. Also has stepped up his rebounding slightly (7.4) rebounds per game. The biggest adjustment in Brook’s game has been defensively; becoming more active and aggressive thanks to Reggie Evans. On the season he is 6th in the NBA in blocked shots at a fascinating (2.2) blocks per game. Lopez has put the BROOK in BROOK-lyn so far this season, many believe he should have been selected initially. It was voiced by Nets guard Deron Williams as well as Owner Billy King, that Lopez has been the most consistent. At  All-Star break the Brooklyn Nets are 2nd in the Atlantic Division and 4th in the Eastern Conference. A large part of the teams success this year has been defensively and it starts with Brook Lopez, and the Brooklyn Nets front court. After four seasons he is finally getting the recognition he  deserves, and hopefully Lopez can keep up  this level of play. The All- Star game is Sunday night at the Toyota Center in Houston tip off is at 8pm EST. The Brooklyn Nets continue play on February 19th at home against the Milwaukee Bucks.

 

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