Monday, December 31, 2007

Robin Lopez - NBA Draft Prospects

Numbers: 10.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.3 bpg, 53% FG, 65% FT

About Him: Robin Lopez is a very different player than his brother. Robin is not nearly as polished on the offensive end. He has a decent hook shot, and he excels at feeling where a defender is and making quick moves when he catches the ball on the block, but he has no face up game to speak of and his jump shot leaves much to be desired. He is great defensively, however. He is very mobile for a big man and can get out an guard quicker players on the perimeter. In the post, he has great shot blocking skills. He has great timing and can read what an offensive player wants to do. He plays with much more intensity than his brother (if you watched him in the NCAA tournament, specifically the game against Marquette, you saw him mix it up with everyone) and is a fiery competitor. He has a great motor and makes a ton of plays simply because he out works people. He is a very good offensive rebounder, and gets a lot of easy buckets off of missed shots. He does have lapses however. He has a tendency to commit turnovers offensively and gets caught out of position in the post. He also has trouble defending the pick and roll effectively.

Comparisons: Joakim Noah, Anderson Varejao

Bottom Line: Lopez could definitely use another year in school, especially if his brother leaves because he will get more minutes and more touches as a center, but since he looks like he is headed for the first round he has already signed with an agent. He will never be a star in the league, but could be a solid defender/rebounder off the bench for any team.

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