This infographic look at the Nets' centers is the fifth and final edition of a weekly series that examining all five positions as we head into the 2013-14 season.
SCHEDULEAug. 2: PG | Aug. 9: SG | Aug. 16: SF | Aug. 23: PF | Aug. 30: C
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The StarterBrook LopezHeight: 7-0 | Weight: 265Experience: 5 Years
2012-13 Stats:19.4 PPG | 6.9 RPG | 2.1 BPG | .521 FG%
After appearing in only five games a season ago, Brook Lopez signed a max deal and showed the rest of the NBA it was justified. The fifth-year center made his first All-Star appearance, leading the team in scoring and playing in 74 games. He finished with a Player Efficiency Rating of 24.81, fifth in the NBA, sandwiched between Carmelo Anthony (24.83) and Tim Duncan (24.45). Both his minutes and production increased during the playoffs.
The ReservesAndray BlatcheHeight: 6-11 | Weight: 260Experience: 8 Years
2012-13 Stats:10.3 PPG | 4.9 RPG | .512 FG%
Amnestied by the Wizards, Blatche arrived on an unguaranteed contract and "made good" from the jump. The eighth-year forward adjusted smoothly to a backup role and position that were unfamiliar, leading the bench in scoring and shooting a career-best .521 from the floor. The union proved so successful, Blatche agreed to return for a second season at the veteran's minimum, providing Lopez yet again with a starting-quality backup.
Mason PlumleeHeight: 6-10 | Weight: 235Experience: Rookie
2012-13 Stats (Duke Senior):34.7 MPG | 17.1 PPG | 10.0 RPG | .599 FG% | 1.4 BPG
Plumlee was considered one of the most mobile, athletic big men in the draft, and offers the Nets a solid frontcourt option behind Lopez and Blatche. Plumlee's finishing ability and rebounding should carry over to the NBA, though the Nets have enough offense that he'll be expected to provide a defensive presence once oriented in the league's schemes. Improving footwork might surprise casual college fans if he's able to crack the rotation.