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Brook Lopez: The Steal of the Season

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As Milwaukee has reached its 55th win of the season at home Sunday against the Cavs, plenty can be said about their success. From Giannis Antetokounmpo’s MVP case to Head Coach Mike Budenholzer, many pieces had to come together in order to make this season a success. What Brook Lopez has brought to Milwaukee should not be overlooked.

It has been some time since the Bucks have had a legitimate big man in the starting five. With starting every game so far this season, Lopez has accumulated an average of 12.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game. Now, the numbers may not seem that remarkable, but it is the versatile play that Lopez contributes that is important.

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His length not only spreads the floor for Giannis but stops players, scared, when they see him under the rim. Then there is the fact that he is a three-point making machine. How so? By breaking the record Sunday for the most threes by a 7-footer in a single season. Oh, and by passing Channing Frye with 175 and counting. With 9 games to go, that number will certainly climb higher. An interesting fact to know is that the last time the Bucks won 55+ games, they made 125 three-pointers as a team. Lopez has 175 on his own now.

Granted, the game we know today is three-happy. A shot behind the arc has never been so crucial for a team to succeed and Brook has adapted and exceeded what is expected of his position. Milwaukee picked up Lopez in free agency for a one-year $3.3 million. Knowing what Lopez has done and with hindsight, this was clearly the steal of the free agency. Plenty of teams would pay much more for what Brook brings to the court and yet here he is, in Milwaukee working towards a historic season.

Bring Brook Back

There should be every reason why the Bucks will try and tie Brook down for years to come. His play is hard to come by and with the talent we have, the potential is unmeasurable. Plenty can be said about others’ contributions to this season’s success, but no one should overlook what number 11 has done. In a league that does not appreciate centers as it once has, Brook Lopez has shown that this position is as critical now for a team to reach the promised land. Let’s just hope that the Bucks can steal him again.

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About Melissa Colton

Melissa was born and raised in West Allis, WI, but currently resides in Milwaukee. She is a veteran of the United States Army and has a Bachelors Degree in Sport Management. She has worked in both the sports and music industry. Anything from Wisconsin, sports, food, and beer is her happy place.

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