The National Basketball Association is one of the most lucrative sports leagues in the world thus making it an attractive destination for players like Brook Lopez to build a career.
Twins are often fascinating and the NBA has a pair of its own in the persons of Brook Lopez and his brother, Robin Lopez. Since he joined the NBA in 2008, Brook Lopez has become a mainstay in the league and is a player for the Milwaukee Bucks. He has spent time playing for other teams like the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Here is everything you need to learn about Brook Lopez, including five interesting facts about him.
Brook Lopez’s Early Life
Being part of one of the most competitive leagues in the world is a journey that begins at a young age, and Brook Lopez’s journey began right from the womb. He was born on the 1st of April, 1988 to Deborah Ledford and Heriberto Lopez in North Hollywood, Los Angeles. Being born into a basketball family, Brook’s entire childhood was a preparation for life in the game.
His grandfather played basketball up until college level and he has an older brother that also played in college, for the University of Washington.
Due to the commitment he had for the sport early on in his life, Brook Lopez relocated a couple of times in order to fulfill different basketball related needs. For his high school, he attended San Joaquin Memorial High School where he played basketball and earned enough reputation to attract college basketball programs like Stanford University which he committed to alongside his twin brother, Robin Lopez.
During his time at Stanford University, Brook Lopez achieved a few individual honors like the All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention, an All-Pac-10 First Team and All-American Third Team. He did not spend a lot of time in college before he declared for the NBA Draft.
Building His NBA Career
Following his decision to join the NBA Draft in 2008, Brook Lopez was drafted and signed for his first NBA team, the New Jersey Nets. In his rookie season, Brook Lopez began to start for the Nets when he had to replace an injured teammate. He registered enough quality performances to be chosen as part of the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend Rookie Challenge. His first season performances earned him a place on the All-Rookie First Team and he finished third in the NBA Rookie of the Year.
He spent his first nine seasons in the NBA with the New Jersey Nets which became the Brooklyn Nets. During his time with the franchise, he made the playoffs just twice, in 2013 and 2015. He later joined the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2017/2018 season, spending just a season with the team before moving on to the Milwaukee Bucks where he has been playing since the 2018 season.
He and his brother, Robin, were the second twin combination to play for Stanford
As mentioned earlier, twins are a fascinating phenomenon and the NBA doesn’t get plenty of them. Through the Lopez brothers, the NBA currently has Brook Lopez and Robin Lopez; but before the NBA, Stanford University had both of them as members of their team. The Lopez brothers became the second set of twins to play for the prestigious university in 2005 after Jason Collins and Jarron Collins.
He has three brothers and only one isn’t a professional basketball player
We mentioned earlier that Brook Lopez was born into a basketball family and that is further established by the fact that several of his family members, like his grandfather, two of his siblings, including his twin brother are also basketball players. His other brothers are Chris and Alex. Chris is the only one who isn’t a professional basketball player.
He played his first All-Star Game in 2013
Following his performances in the 2012-2013 season and an injury to Rajon Rondo, Brook Lopez made his first appearance in an All-Star game in 2013.
He has played over 600 games in the NBA
With over ten years spent in the NBA, without a doubt, he is a veteran of the league. During this period, he has played over 600 games in the league, starting over 550 of them.
He spent two years in college
Brook Lopez did not spend a lot of time in college before he decided to move on to the NBA. He and his brother, Robin, who now plays for the Chicago Bulls spent just two seasons playing at Stanford before they declared for the NBA Draft.