Draft 2K8 - Brook Lopez
Hometown: North Hollywood, Calif.
A legit seven-footer projected in the Draft's top five, Lopez is athletic, mobile and flush with offensive skills. Lopez has an NBA-ready frame with freakishly long arms and enough strength to avoid being pushed around. He has a nice shooting stroke that extends to the 17-foot range, and his touch is elite around the basket. When focused on it, Lopez can block shots due to good timing. And length. Duh. By all accounts, he's a smart player with a good motor. Lopez had a tremendous sophomore year at Stanford punctuated by nailing a game-winning OT basket to put the Cardinal into the Sweet 16.
Even though he grabbed 8.2 boards a game as a sophomore, Lopez isn't a dominant rebounder. He blocked 2.1 shots, but isn't a dominant shot blocker. This could be due to his focus/polish on the offensive end, but he'll have to improve his defense a bit at the next level. He can get his shot off whenever he wants, but Lopez occasionally forced the ball up in college, and shot below 50 percent in both college years.
Lopez is probably the best compliment to Al Jefferson in the 2008 Draft, a guy who would automatically give opposing teams more than a little trouble with the Wolves down low. Essentially, opponents would have to guard Jefferson with a power forward, which is never a good idea. Now, the Wolves have a slew of options - if unproven - at the guard and wing spots (Foye, Telfair, McCants, Brewer, Jaric, Snyder, Gomes), but do not have a true center to help Jefferson on both sides of the floor. Furthermore, since Lopez is undeniably an offensive threat (19.3 points per game, 79 percent FTs), he could punish teams for leaving him alone to converge on Jefferson. But if they don't converge on Jefferson ... Count the bucket. Provided Lopez is willing to increase his defensive focus, he could also take a lot of pressure off Minnesota's occasionally lax perimeter defense.
Sludge's take on BROOK LOPEZ
Lopez was phenomenal in the NCAA's, taking his team to a Sweet 16 matchup with D.J. Augustin and Texas after dropping a game winner against Marquette in round two. Lopez was also huge with 26 points on of 10-of-22 shooting and 10 boards against the Longhorns, but the rest of his teammates managed just 36 points in a 82-62 defeat.
Round 1: Stanford 77, Cornell 53
Round 2: Stanford 82, Marquette 81
Sweet 16: Texas 82, Stanford 62
Chad Ford's Top 100
"Brook's stellar play toward the end of his freshman season turned a lot of NBA scouts' heads. His sophomore season was fantastic for Stanford. Although scouts wish he was a little more athletic and a better rebounder, he'll challenge DeAndre Jordan as the first center off the board."
NBA Draft Net
“Big man with good strength and solid athletic ability … Unlike his twin Robin, Brook has an excellent touch within 15 feet of the basket … Very smooth inside using a variety of polished moves including hook shots and drop steps … Soft hands, rarely fumbles the ball.”
“Lopez is at his best facing up from the five to ten foot range, where he seems very comfortable in the triple-threat position, and likes to take jump shots with a hand in his face.”
"For a team looking for a well-developed offensive game at center, Brook Lopez is the 2008 Draft’s best option."
"The best big man prospect in the draft not named Beasley, Lopez should make whatever NBA drafts him very happy. He should be a solid pro with the potential to be even better than that."
NBA.com: Lopez Twins Blog
It’s been a fun experience. It’s obviously flattering to be thought of so high in the draft, and I’d really be excited just to go anywhere. I’ve had a good time working out for teams, and I’ve learned a lot of good stuff. I went to Minnesota right after the the pre-draft camp in Orlando, and worked out with them for two days.
ESPN.com: All kidding aside, Lopez brothers enjoyed one fun ride
Seattle, Memphis or New Jersey may have to scrap its plans and go big -- twice -- with its two first-round picks. Because it would be a shame to break up the 7-foot Lopez twins.
Star Tribune: Lopez set for audition with Wolves
The Timberwolves won't waste much time bringing draft candidates to town once the NBA's pre-draft camp in Orlando ends today. Stanford sophomore center Brook Lopez said Minneapolis is the first stop on his tour of NBA cities.
Sports Illustrated: Twins Peakings
THERE ARE a few areas in which you challenge Brook and Robin Lopez—the twin 7-foot sophomores who anchor ninth-ranked Stanford—at your peril. Take trivia about their hero, Walt Disney. You will not stump them. Where did Walt grow up? "Born in Illinois, moved to Marceline, Missouri," says Brook, as he sits on steps inside Maples Pavilion. Donald Duck's first cartoon? "The Wise Little Hen." When did Steamboat Willie come out? "November 18, 1928," he says, shooting you a withering who-doesn't-know-that? look.
New York Times: Wonderful World of Lopez Twins
Brook, the power forward with the shorter hair, is considered the better offensive player and a potential first-round draft choice in the N.B.A. Robin, the longer-haired center, is better defensively but not as talented over all.
San Mateo Daily: Last Look at Brook?
Center Brook Lopez, only a sophomore, could be the most dominating big man in Stanford men's basketball history.
Mercury News: Brook Lopez is the best Stanford has seen
The issue was settled last weekend, when he scored 28 points after halftime, made the winning shot and led Stanford into the Sweet 16. Brook Lopez is the best player in Cardinal history - at least based on my definition of history.
Stanford Twins Maintain Their Own Sense of Self
Meanwhile, the 260-pound Brook, older than his sib by a minute, leads the Cardinal in scoring with an average of 19 points and rebounding with an 8.1 average. But he hasn't always gone hard enough off the court. Last spring he skipped some classes and was suspended for the first nine games of this season. Once he returned, he showed he had learned to better harness his fire.
Chad Ford Mock Draft 1.0
No. 3 to Minnesota
Ford's Mock Draft 3.0
No. 9 to Charlotte
Ford's Mock Draft 5.0
No. 9 to Charlotte
No. 3 to Minnesota
No. 3 to Minnesota
Reports Compiled By:
- With contributing writers Matt Tiano and Jude Harder