Brook Lopez isn’t the most explosive big man, but there’s something to be said for coordination and fluidity making up for a lack of aerial prowess and quick-twitch athleticism. How many seven-foot, 275-pound centers can make this play, for instance?
The Brooklyn Nets big man obviously isn’t the type who will sky with Anthony Davis at the rim. He can use power and aggression to overcome the New Orleans Pelicans superstar’s crazy combination of length, overall athletic ability, and shot-blocking timing, though, and does so here to great effect.
Starting his second consecutive game, Lopez got off to a brilliant start versus the Pelicans – he scored 12 points on 6-of-6 shooting in the first quarter of his Brooklyn’s must-win game. The teams are locked in a close one midway through the second quarter.