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Ranking The Roster 2019: Brook Lopez Tumbles From Splash Mountaintop at #3

The big fella made one heck of a rise last season

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I’ll admit it, I was skeptical whether Brook Lopez could hold up defensively for a full season with this Bucks club. Not knowing how Bud would choose to craft his D, I thought he was slower footed than he was and that teams may be able to exploit him. Boy, was I wrong about that. Not only was he more ballet dancer than clog dancer, he was a spectacular anchor to the Bucks defenses alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo at the frontline. His defensive acumen, coupled with his offensive versatility as a sweet-shooting, gunslinging five vaulted him into the third position for our ranking the roster exercise.

Everyone figured Lopez, at the very least, would supply the same Lopez Effect he’d had for years, juicing up the team’s defensive rebounding stats that had rattled around near the league’s cellar for years. Thankfully, that wasn’t the only boon he brought to this team. His prolific 3-point shooting, 36.5% on 7.9 attempts per-36, set records for a 7-footer slinging triples. He spaced the floor for Giannis and Eric Bledsoe to rifle themselves towards the rim, and presented matchup problems on a nightly basis for teams that tried to employ their bigs against him.

He was incredibly cold against the Celtics in the postseason, but heated up against the Raptors. By season’s end, I thought he might’ve been teh second most invaluable player to this team by virtue of his unique skillset. He can’t create his own offense quite like Khris, although I’m curious to see whether Bud dabbles more in Brook down low this season. Yes, it’s trudging backwards through NBA annals to do so, but when you’ve got another play who’s an incredibly efficient isolation scorer on the block, I’m not sure why you would restrict him from one entire half of his offensive potential.

It would be like telling someone NOT to shoot three’s for a few seasons, which we all know is complete and utter lunacy befitting of a madman...So, what else will Brook bring this season? Well, if I were a fan, I’d be hoping for the same competency shooting the ball. His 36.5% was a career-high since he started shooting it at a decent volume from deep, and there’s some possible regression coming his way. Hopefully his brother’s arrival keeps him motivated to outgun the younger Lopez twin. Here are the full voting results.

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2019 Brew Hoop Roster Ranking

3. Brook Lopez

4. Eric Bledsoe

5. George Hill

6. Wesley Matthews

7. Pat Connaughton

8. Robin Lopez

9. Kyle Korver

10. Sterling Brown

11. D.J. Wilson

12. Ersan Ilyasova

13. Donte DiVincenzo

14. Dragan Bender

15. Thanasis Antetokounmpo