Robin Byron Lopez (born April 1, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was selected with the 15th pick in the 2008 NBA draft by the Phoenix Suns, was traded to the New Orleans Hornets in 2012 and was traded to Portland in 2013. He played college basketball for the Stanford Cardinal alongside his twin brother Brook Lopez, who currently plays for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Lopez with the Hornets in March 2013
|Born||April 1, 1988|
North Hollywood, California
|Listed height||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight||275 lb (125 kg)|
|High school||San Joaquin Memorial|
|NBA draft||2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall|
|Selected by the Phoenix Suns|
|2012–2013||New Orleans Hornets|
|2013–2015||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2015–2016||New York Knicks|
|2019– present||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Lopez was born in North Hollywood, California, to Heriberto Lopez, an Afro-Cuban baseball player, and Deborah Ledford, a swimmer. He attended San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno, California, where he was named a McDonald's All-American in 2006.
Lopez was one of just three players for the Cardinal team to start all 31 games in the 2006–07 season. He averaged 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, while averaging 24 minutes. He led the team with 73 blocked shots, breaking the Stanford record for a freshman and recording the second highest single season record in Stanford history. This mark also was the highest in the Pacific-10 conference. With his twin brother, Brook, the two blocked more shots than seven Pac-10 teams. Lopez also had two double-doubles on the season.
Lopez had his 100th career block in a game versus Santa Clara University on December 19, 2007. In his sophomore season, Lopez achieved All-Pac-10 Defensive Team honors while also being named an Honorable Mention to the All-Pac-10 team. He was second in the Pac-10 in blocks for the season. With 83 blocks in his second season, Lopez moved into second place all time for career blocks by a Stanford player.
Phoenix Suns (2008–2012)Edit
Lopez was selected with the 15th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in the 2008 NBA draft. After being drafted by the Suns, Lopez said: "I was hoping I'd drop. I think I was the only person in the draft that was hoping he'd drop."
Lopez joined a Suns team already featuring one of the all-time great centers in Shaquille O'Neal, and thus was not expected to get many minutes during his rookie season. He got the first start of his career on November 7, 2008, against the Chicago Bulls in place of the injured O'Neal; he played 30 minutes, scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and had 2 blocks. For his rookie season, Lopez only saw an average of 10.2 minutes per game, with 3.2 points and 2 rebounds. At the end of the season, Shaq was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, making Lopez the assumed starting center.
During the 2009–10 regular season, Lopez averaged 8.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.0 block per game. During the end of the season, however, Lopez was injured, and was replaced by Jarron Collins until the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, where the Suns eventually lost, 4 games to 2.
After the 2009–10 season, Lopez went into a major decline, despite starting and playing more games. During December 2010, he was injured again, and he was temporarily replaced by Earl Barron. This eventually resulted in decreased production from Lopez, which forced the Suns to trade for Marcin Gortat. While Lopez was still starting for the Suns, his stats were quickly declining, while Gortat's stats were improving. This forced Lopez to eventually become a bench player again. Robin Lopez would average 6.4 points and 3.2 rebounds at an average of 14.8 minutes per game.
In the shortened 2011–12 NBA season, Lopez wouldn't even produce a single start for the Suns. Because of Gortat's increased production at center, Lopez was forced to become a back-up center once again. He averaged 5.4 points with an average of 14 minutes per game there.
New Orleans Hornets (2012–2013)Edit
On July 27, 2012, the New Orleans Hornets acquired Lopez in a sign-and-trade from the Phoenix Suns. It was during this time that Lopez would produce his best results yet, starting for every game of the season and gaining new career highs in almost every field in the process.
Portland Trail Blazers (2013–2015)Edit
On July 10, 2013, New Orleans traded Lopez to the Portland Trail Blazers as a part of a three-way trade that also involved the Sacramento Kings. In his first season with the Trail Blazers, he recorded 29 double-doubles and set the franchise single season record for offensive rebounds.
Due to his presence in the Portland community, as well as his consistent and blue-collar style of play, Lopez was a fan favorite amongst the Portland faithful. He was honored with the Maurice Lucas Award in March 2014 for his efforts in his "Read Big" literacy campaign with Portland Public Schools.
On December 16, 2014, Lopez was ruled out for a month after breaking his hand against San Antonio the night before.
New York Knicks (2015–2016)Edit
On July 9, 2015, Lopez signed with the New York Knicks. In February 2016, Lopez had two 26-point, 16-rebound games, both season highs. On March 20, 2016, he recorded 23 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in an 88–80 loss to the Sacramento Kings.
Chicago Bulls (2016–2019)Edit
On June 22, 2016, Lopez was traded, along with José Calderón and Jerian Grant, to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Derrick Rose, Justin Holiday and a 2017 second-round draft pick. On March 17, 2017, he scored a season-high 25 points in a 112–107 loss to the Washington Wizards.
Milwaukee Bucks (2019–present)Edit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Lopez is an avid comic book enthusiast and also participated in theater productions at Stanford in California.
- LaPointe, Joe (March 26, 2008). "Wonderful World of Lopez Twins". The New York Times. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- Gustafson, John (October 22, 2007). "The nerd herd". ESPN the Magazine. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
- Elling, Steve (April 29, 1990). "At 6-10, Alex Lopez Is Drawing a Crowd : Youth basketball: The 14-year-old's mother says many have inquired about her son, looking 'for a piece of the pie.'". latimes.com. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
- Robin Lopez's Stanford Player Bio
- 2006-2007 Pac-10 Men's Basketball Wrap-Up
- Stanford Battles Texas Friday In NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
- Robin, Brook to enter NBA draft after two seasons at Stanford
- Suns draft chatter (with updates)
- "TRADE BLAZERS ACQUIRE ROBIN LOPEZ FROM NEW ORLEANS". NBA.com. July 10, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
- "Blazers' Robin Lopez Breaks Franchise Single-Season Offensive Rebounding Record". BleacherReport.com. April 17, 2014. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
- Freeman, Joe (March 19, 2014). "Trail Blazers' Robin Lopez honored with Maurice Lucas Award". OregonLive.com. Retrieved May 3, 2014.
- Sources: Robin Lopez expected to miss month with broken hand
- "Knicks Acquire Four Free Agents: Afflalo, R. Lopez, Williams, O'Quinn". NBA.com. July 9, 2015. Retrieved July 10, 2015.
- "Robin Lopez 2015-16 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 27, 2016.
- "Cousins has 24 points, 20 boards as Kings shut down Knicks". NBA.com. March 20, 2016. Retrieved March 21, 2016.
- "BULLS SEND DERRICK ROSE TO NEW YORK IN FIVE-PLAYER DEAL". NBA.com. June 22, 2016. Archived from the original on June 22, 2016.
- "John Wall, Bradley Beal carry Wizards past Dwyane Wade-less Bulls". ESPN.com. March 17, 2017. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
- "Bucks Sign Robin Lopez and Wes Matthews". NBA.com. July 12, 2019. Retrieved July 12, 2019.
- Nerd Herd – ESPN