Brook Lopez Will Replace Rajon Rondo in 2013 All-Star Game
According to the NBA Public Relations Twitter account, the Nets' star center will take the roster spot of Rajon Rondo, who recently tore his ACL (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chris Vivlamore):
It's unfortunate this has to come on the heels of a season-ending injury to Rondo, but it's an achievement that Lopez undoubtedly deserved.
In 38 games this season, the seven-footer is averaging 18.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. He's shooting 52.3 percent from the field and 73.6 percent from the free-throw line.
On a per-minute basis, those stats are even more impressive across the league.
Was Lopez the right choice for Rondo's replacement?
Lopez is averaging 22.8 points and 2.7 blocks per 36 minutes, both of which put him in the top 10 in the NBA among qualified players.
If advanced stats are more your thing, Lopez's resume continues to check out.
According to Basketball Reference, the fifth-year big man has a true shooting percentage of 56.6 to go along with career highs in block percentage (5.8) and offensive rating (112). His PER of 25.1 puts him behind only LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul.
That's a pretty prestigious group to be a part of, and Lopez now has the first All-Star nod of his career as recognition for his efforts.
Some are still weary of the big man. He isn't an elite rebounder for his size—although his 14.7 total rebound percentage is the highest since his rookie season—and he isn't exactly the most exciting player in the league.
Nevertheless, and perhaps most importantly, Lopez is arguably the most important player on a Brooklyn Nets team that is currently 27-18 and in fourth place in the East.
Now he'll get a chance to showcase that worth in Houston.
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