Brook Lopez's career once looked like it could be destined for an early end after nagging foot injuries nearly wiped out his entire 2011-12 and 2013-14 campaigns, but those health concerns have mostly faded with the center suiting up for 70-plus games in each of the past three seasons. Unfortunately for the Nets, having Lopez available hasn't mattered much, as the team finished with under 40 wins in each of those seasons. Though the Nets had fully embraced a rebuild heading into 2016-17, Lopez ultimately stayed put once the trade deadline passed and saw his playing time fall below the 30-minute-per-game mark for the season, as the team often had little incentive to overexert their historically injury-prone star. Despite the drop in minutes, Lopez still averaged 20-plus points per game for the fourth time in his career, and his scoring was much more diversified than it had been in the past. After attempting just 31 three-pointers in his prior seven NBA seasons, Lopez made a concerted effort last summer to add more range to his offensive arsenal and put that into practice in games. He ended up knocking down 1.8 treys per game at a 34.6 percent clip, a respectable mark for a player who had previously displayed little aptitude from beyond the arc. While adding the three ball to his repertoire enhanced Lopez's Fantasy portfolio, it didn't necessarily elevate his overall value, as his mark from the field dipped to a career-worst 47.4 percent. Playing away from the basket also hurt Lopez's impact on the offensive glass, which was never an area of strength to begin with. He would finish the season with just 1.6 offensive rebounds and 5.4 total boards per game, decidedly lackluster marks for a seven footer. Since Lopez was owed more than $22 million in 2017-18, the Nets were eager to get something of value for him ahead of what's likely another non-contending season, and ultimately found a willing trade partner in the Lakers, who acquired him in June in a four-player deal. Though the Lakers are in the midst of a similar rebuild to Brooklyn's, Lopez will at least have the luxury of playing alongside a superior supporting cast, with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jordan Clarkson, Lonzo Ball, Julius Randle and Brandon Ingram all capable of easing the scoring burden. The talented nucleus surrounding him may result in Lopez sacrificing some shot attempts, which could bump him down a tier among Fantasy centers since his value is largely driven by scoring and 3-point production.
Lopez registered 19 points (6-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 5-7 FT), 11 rebounds, two assists and a steal across 32 minutes in Friday's 132-130 win over the Suns. After five frustrating seasons with the Nets where he battled injuries and fought for playing time, Lopez looks like he has found the perfect place to revive his once-floundering career. Some might actually a move to the Lakers might be a downgrade, but with Lonzo Ball on the squad, the prospect of Lopez as the recipient of numerous dishes inside by the young point guard should raise the big man's stock. He'll face a tough test on Sunday as he faces the twin towers of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.
Lopez contributed 20 points (7-19 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT), six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block across 29 minutes in Thursday's 108-92 loss to the Clippers. The veteran big man got off to a slow start with his new club before picking it up from the second quarter onward. Lopez also led the Lakers in shot attempts on the night, and that level of usage is likely to be the norm for one of the more offensively proficient centers in the league. Lopez is capable of solid rebounding contributions as well, so while his team might struggle overall on many nights, he should be an attractive fantasy option, particularly as one of its veteran leaders.
Lopez tallied 16 points (7-12 FG, 2-5 3Pt) and four rebounds across 20 minutes in Friday's 111-104 preseason win over the Clippers. Lopez's point total led the Lakers on the night and represented his second double-digit scoring effort in three exhibitions. The veteran big man bounced back nicely after having shot just 3-for-11 from the field last Tuesday against the Jazz, and he encouragingly drained multiple threes for the second time in his trio of preseason contests in the process. Looking ahead to the regular season, Lopez profiles as a floor-spacing frontcourt presence that should lend even more versatility to what should be a potent, fast-paced attack.
Lopez collected seven points (3-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt), four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 22 minutes in Tuesday's 105-99 preseason loss to the Jazz. Lopez had been impressive in his Lakers debut on Sunday versus the Kings, posting 12 points and three rebounds over 15 minutes. However, his shot went cold Tuesday, and he ended up getting whistled for five fouls and committing four turnovers during his modest time on the court. With only a pair of preseason tilts under his belt, Lopez's struggles Tuesday could very easily be chalked up to rustiness. He'll have one more opportunity to sharpen his game this preseason when the Lakers do battle with the Clippers on Friday. Looking ahead to the regular season, Lopez should once again serve as one of the more offensively proficient centers in the NBA, as well as the de facto elder statesman of a young Lakers starting five.
Lopez (back) will play in Sunday's preseason game against the Kings, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports. Lopez has been battling back spasms through training camp, but it looks as if he has put the problems behind him and will make his preseason debut Sunday night. Expect Lopez to be eased back into the rotation and play a limited role in the preseason, as the Lakers surely want to ensure that the veteran center will be healthy for the start of the regular season.
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