Even though the Brooklyn Nets trail in their series 3 games to 2, the best player by far to this point has been Nets center Brook Lopez. Lopez, a first time all-star this year, has continued playing well in the playoffs against one of the league’s best defenses, the Chicago Bulls. In fact, Lopez is playing even better in the playoffs than he did in the regular season. Here are some of Lopez’s key stats in the playoffs so far. His NBA playoff ranking is in parentheses:
23.6 ppg (6th)
3.4 blocks per game (2nd)
42 field goals made (2nd)
33 free throws made (4th)
89% free throw percentage (9th)
100% 3-point percentage (1st) (yeah, I know, he was 1-1, but still)
He is also averaging 8 rebounds per game, which is also up from his regular season average and he had a double-digit rebound game in game 5.
The Nets have to be extremely pleased with his production, both in the regular season and in the playoffs. In the offseason, many people criticized the Nets for giving an unproven player so much money. Now, Lopez is the most important player on the roster and very well might be the best center in the entire league.
Still, the Nets trail Chicago 3-2 in the best of 7 series and will need to win each of the next two games to advance to the next round. If they can win the next two games, there is no question that Lopez will be a huge part of the victories.