Brook Lopez

#11 C / L.A. Lakers / EXP: 9YRS Height: 7-0 Weight: 268 lb Age: 29 College: Stanford

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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.

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  • Lopez managed 21 points (9-14 FG, 3-5 3Pt), four assists, three rebounds and two blocks across 22 minutes in Sunday's 127-109 win over the Nuggets. The veteran center has been somewhat difficult to figure out for fantasy purposes at times, but he's been particularly impressive over the last two games. Lopez has shot 56.7 percent (17-for-30) over that pair of contests, including 45.5 percent (5-for-11) from three-point range. The 10-year veteran has been good for an occasional double-double as well, and he's recorded multiple blocks in 11 contests overall.

  • Lopez scored 19 points (8-13 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT) while adding 10 rebounds, four blocks and three assists in 31 minutes during Friday's 122-113 loss to the Suns. He continues to bring some veteran stability to a very young Lakers roster. Lopez now has four double-doubles through 16 games, although he hasn't pulled down more than six boards in any of the other 12 contests, while the four blocks were also a season high.

  • Lakers' Brook Lopez: Double-doubles in victory
    By RotoWire Staff

    Lopez recorded 15 points (6-9 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist and one block in 28 minutes during Monday's 100-93 victory over Phoenix. Lopez scored an efficient 15 points on Monday, en route to his third double-double of the season. He has been inconsistent so far this season, with his output basically relating back to his time on the floor. His minutes have been up and down depending on the matchup, something which has been frustrating for owners. He has, however, scored in double-figures in seven straight games, and collected at least one block in 10 straight games.

  • Lakers' Brook Lopez: Leads team with 21 in win
    By RotoWire Staff

    Lopez scored 21 points (7-14 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 3-6 FT), one rebound, five assists, a steal and two blocked shots across 31 minutes in Sunday's 107-102 win over the Grizzlies. On a team brimming with youngsters, Lopez continued to take on a leadership role on Sunday to lead the team in points, although he left most of the rebounding work to Kyle Kuzma in this affair. One game after meeting his old team and lighting them up with 34 points, it appears he is putting in a bit more work to offset the loss of Larry Nance Jr. (hand), which boosts his value a bit until Nance returns. His stock is rising as a vible fantasy option at center.

  • Lopez collected 27 points (9-15 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 8-9 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one block across 29 minutes in Thursday's 113-110 loss to Portland Lopez was excellent on Thursday, leading the Lakers in scoring as they came close to upsetting Portland on their home court. Lopez has been disappointing so far this season, playing inconsistent minutes with limited production. The upside is there for him on a young Lakers squad, when given adequate playing time. He will not deliver all-around production, but is a nice source of blocks, points, and three-pointers with high efficiency from both the field and the charity stripe.

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