Infographic: Center of Attention

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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.

Aug. 2: PG | Aug. 9: SG | Aug. 16: SF | Aug. 23: PF | Aug. 30: C

Centers Infographic

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The Starter
Brook Lopez
Height: 7-0 | Weight: 265
Experience: 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 Reserves
Andray Blatche
Height: 6-11 | Weight: 260
Experience: 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 Plumlee
Height: 6-10 | Weight: 235
Experience: 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.

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