Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2012 8:43 pm
Good read from Steinmetz... Couple thoughts:
1, Offensively, I give Lopez more back-to-the-basket credit that he does. I've seen Brook consistently go to a medium arc hook shot that seems like a pet move. I also don't buy the comparison to David Lee (offensively), as I see David Lee most similarly to a crafty face-up guy, - like David West - while I'd associate Lopez to someone equally comfortable in a BTTB stance or a FO: Pau Gasol. I'd say that's a pretty big difference. Both are clever... But Lopez is a more versatile overall option, while Lee (fair in the low post) is an absolute wizard facing up.
2, Defensively... Matt has a point about the lack of rebounding or raw toughness coming from Brook Lopez. Thing is... what are they getting out of Andris Biedrins that's so irreplaceable to the flow of the team? If you ask me, the simple fact that Lopez clogs the middle and likes to cherry pick blocks, concurrently with a PF like Lee who never contests, but always works hard to be in the rebounding fray... It's a match made in heaven. They both excell at what the other is lacking in. The combination has worked flawlessly through time: Ewing and Oakley, Ostertag and Malone, Lambeer and Mahorn... Hell, look at where Chandler and Nowitski's polar opposite strengths got Dallas? If David can clean up 11 boards and night to Brooks's 6, that's 2 guys grabbing you over 8 a piece. If Lee gets a block every 2 games, while Brook gets you 3 in the same span, that's a block per game tandem...
And boys, if I haven't beaten it to death yet... The way these two would score the rock... I mean, Jesus, look at where Memphis' team of volume shooting, streaky wing players ended up after the MGasol-ZBo tandem gelled!? Having 2 legit options on offense that can pass and make plays and om any given Sunday drop 30 bucks cause they're talented scorers... I mean, gentlemen, teams that sport twin towers that exploit the weak link on the other team's less talented positions... They go deep in the postseason, my friends. I'm so unbelievably sold.
WE WANT BROOK. MAKE IT HAPPEN, MR LACOB!
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