Along with today being the first day of April and April Fool’s Day, it is also the birthday of Brooklyn Nets all-star center Brook Lopez. Brook turns 25 today, which seems surprisingly young to me because of how many years he has already played for the Nets.
This is Lopez’s fifth year in the NBA and it has clearly been the best season of his career. He is averaging 19.2 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting 52% from the field and 75% from the foul line. Maybe most impressive, Brook is 5th in the entire league in player efficiency rating (PER) and is ahead of many other superstars.
It is fitting that Lopez was born on April Fool’s Day because he seems like a jokester off the court. Back in his rookie season, he made some funny videos with former teammate Ryan Anderson and he continues to be a comic book nerd in the offseason, attending many nerdy conventions and often talking to reporters about his favorite comic book super heroes.
It is also Brook’s twin brother Robin’s birthday today too. Although Brook was born first and has had the better NBA career, Robin is enjoying a career season with the New Orleans Hornets.
Happy birthday to both Brook and Robin!