Brook Lopez is the only 7-footer in NBA history with 25 points and no rebound in a game
Although he is no longer in his prime, Brook Lopez has been a solid addition to the Los Angeles Lakers this year. He is currently averaging 12.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game this season while shooting 44 percent from the field and 33 percent from deep.
This year, the Lakers have proven to be a young team with growing pains. Lopez’s experience has been refreshing but is an enigma at the center position. Although he is seven-feet tall, he was never known to be a good rebounder for his size.
Lopez’s career rebounding statistics lie at 6.8 boards per game. He is actually only grabbing under four rebounds this season, which is far less than Stephen Curry’s rebounding average of 5.1 per contest. Unlike his brother, Lopez’s playstyle involves using his size to post up and score over other players, rather than playing within the interior.
With this in mind, Lopez made history in an interesting way on Wednesday night. As a matter of fact, against the Magic on Wednesday, Lopez did something that only he is capable of.
Brook Lopez is the first player in NBA history listed at 7-feet or taller with 25 points and zero rebounds in a game.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 8, 2018
Isn’t that shocking? Usually, seven-footers are known for their rebounding prowess. Shaquille O’Neal, Yao Ming, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and countless others have dominated the boards during their careers. Lopez is in the same category as those players in regards to height, but he lacks the motor to collect rebounds at a high rate.
Nonetheless, Lopez is a gifted scorer for his position and has thrived on his unique style of play. Therefore, you truly can’t fix what’s not broke.