Brook Lopez Deserves Rookie of the Year Honors

Jerry FrasierContributor IApril 3, 2009

PHOENIX - FEBRUARY 13:  Brook Lopez #11 of the Rookie team slam dunks during the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam part of 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend at US Airways Center on February 13, 2009 in Phoenix, Arizona.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Brook Lopez of the New Jersey Nets has been the most solid rookie in the NBA this year, and he has made the biggest difference to his team.

He is the Nets' first solid big man since Nenad Kristic left for Russia.

Lopez averages 12.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.0 apg, and a rookie-leading 1.9 bpg.

These stats are impressive for a rookie.

Some may ask why doesn't he have as many points as somebody like O.J. Mayo or Derrick Rose, but what needs to be understood is that Lopez the center on a team with one of the highest scoring backcourts in the NBA.

He is not the main target for points. He plays a huge role in the Nets' pick and roll system. Few rookies play a bigger role in their system.

Brook Lopez should be taken largely into consideration for rookie of the year. His stat line is impressive and the role he plays in both offensively and defensively are impressive.