NBA characters rankings: No. 9 Brook Lopez
New Jersey Nets' Brook Lopez, right, dunks the ball over Charlotte Bobcats' Emeka Okafor during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday night, Dec. 26, 2008 in East Rutherford, N.J. (Bill Kostroun, Associated Press / December 25, 2008)
This is a measure of characters.
This week, we're ranking the 10 biggest characters in the NBA today.
What, exactly, do we mean when we call someone a "character"? In a word: distinctiveness. A player could be funny. He could be strange. He could be downright weird. All of these traits — either in combination or on their own — might qualify a player for inclusion on this list.
Shaquille O' Neal, Rasheed Wallace, Jason Williams — all of them are characters. Too bad they're now retired.
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Characters ranking: 9th
Current team: New Jersey Nets
Age on Nov. 1, 2011: 23
Seasons in NBA: 3
On the court: Lopez is one of the game's top young centers, and he'll improve in the years ahead, especially if he eventually is surrounded by more talent. Lopez averaged 20.4 points per game last season, but he needs to get more physical. There's no reason a player of his size and talent averaged only 6.0 rebounds per game in 2010-11.
What makes him a character: Lopez, along with his twin brother, Robin, loves all things Disney. That's one of the reasons why Orlando is one of his favorite road trip destinations. Indeed, his close friend and former teammate Ryan Anderson lamented last season when the Nets came to town that Lopez was so busy going to the theme park that Lopez had neglected to contact him. . . . "Brook is just a horrible communicator," Anderson joked to the Orlando Sentinel. "A horrible friend. But you know, everybody has one of those friends, right?" . . . Lopez is a goofball. He and Anderson made a series of funny video spots for the Nets during their rookie season.
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