View Full Version : "Rookie Lopez A Hit In Summer League Play"

07-15-2008, 02:05 PM
The Orlando Pro Summer League featured top overall pick Derrick Rose and No. 2 choice Michael Beasley, but Nets' rookie center Brook Lopez might have been the best player in Disney World.
Nets rookie center Brook Lopez enjoyed an impressive debut in the Orlando Pro Summer League.

All three draft picks - Lopez, Ryan Anderson and Chris Douglas-Roberts - made impressions after leading the Nets to a 4-1 record last week. Lopez stood out, though.

While Rose played only two games due to a knee injury and Beasley was shut down by Nets forward Sean Williams when they met, Lopez continued to get better. He averaged 19.6 points and increased his point total in each game.

"He was the best player for that week," said an Eastern Conference scout.

"It was a great draft for the Nets because I think Brook Lopez could be really special," a Western Conference official said. "Big men don't look good in these kinds of camps at all. These are the kind of camps where big guys get six fouls in 10 minutes. He was awesome. He ran the floor, caught the ball, made moves."

It was only a summer league, but the Nets left Orlando feeling good about their draft and the future.

They are a team in transition. Seven new faces have been added in less than three weeks and more moves are expected. The Nets want a third point guard, who could become a No. 2 if Marcus Williams is traded, and a backup shooter. Free agent guard Kareem Rush may come in for a visit.

With all this change, a factor in how well the Nets do this season will be how quickly the rookies can develop and contribute. The rookies will be playing in the Rocky Mountain Revue next week in Salt Lake City and will go to Las Vegas for Tim Grgurich's camp later this summer.

In Orlando, Lopez, the No. 10 overall pick, showed he can score facing up and with his back to the basket. The 7-footer still needs to work on his defense and rebounding. Lopez had five or fewer rebounds in three of the games.

Anderson has three-point range he was 11-for-27 from downtown and showed he can put the ball down and get to the basket. His question mark is whether he will be a power forward or small forward. Douglas-Roberts needs to get stronger, but the swingman impressed the Nets with his craftiness inside and competitiveness.

The level of competition was nothing like what the three young guys will see during the regular season, but it's a good jump-off point for them.

"They can only compete against the competition in front of them, so you can't hold it against them that they played well in summer league," coach Lawrence Frank said. "It was a very, very positive experience and first step for all of them."

BRIEFS: The Nets don't want to lose free agent Bostjan Nachbar altogether and are trying to explore sign-and-trade possibilities for him. They also are looking into that route for Nenad Krstic, but there remains a chance the restricted free-agent big man will return.

Will somebody please get MJ out of the front office? Everybody knew the Bobcats should have taken this guy, Stevie Wonder could have seen the Cats need for Lopez when the #3 best player fell to the ninth pick

%$#(@)**#%%# it, it was so ^*#@*# Obvious

Second City
07-15-2008, 04:53 PM
Yea, not to sound like a dick, but you guys dropped the ball on that one. It would have been a major steal.

07-15-2008, 06:17 PM
Not taking Brook will only harm us if Anjinca doesn't become a Good player.

Who knows? Ajinca might turn out to have a better career ad more ipact for us. Just gotta be patient.

07-15-2008, 07:22 PM
For now, not taking Lopez was not a smart move. I wanted them to take him at #9.

07-15-2008, 07:27 PM
I couldn't agree with yall more, I pray that Im wrong because I only want whats best for the Cats, Im hoping Augustine and Ajinca prove to be future all-stars but we'll just have to wait

07-15-2008, 07:38 PM
ya... u guys missed out on that one. but you still have a good squad...good luck next year!

07-15-2008, 07:39 PM
We really have to see what these guys do against top flight NBA talent before we can call anyone a star or a bust. Don't get me wrong I would rather have Lopez than Ajinca, but we can't over react to some summer league games. Plus with Okafor, Felton and Wallace mentioned in a new trade rumor every few days we never really know what can happen on the big man front...for analyst we saw who thought Lopez was going to be a star, there was one who thought he was just going to be Ok...(just playing devils advocate really, I would've liked for us to get Lopez)