Brook Lopez just can’t avoid personal accolades. For the second straight week, Lopez has been named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week by the NBA, for games played between March 30 and April 5. Lopez is the first player in the NBA this season and the first in Nets franchise history to win the Player of the Week Award in back-to-back weeks.
Lopez played four games in the past week, averaging 20.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, and two blocks per game, shooting 59.4 percent from the field. The Nets won three of the four games.
Over the two-week span that Lopez has won Player of the Week, he has averaged 24.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game on 58.5% shooting. Deep analysis: that’s really good.
Lopez’s highlights have come in droves over the past two weeks: he hit a game-winning put-back shot against the New York Knicks, put up 30 points, 11 rebounds, and four blocks against the Los Angeles Lakers, pulled off the weirdest Dr. J impression we’ve ever seen, and has dominated with his combination of touch in the paint, ability to get to the rim, and sudden burst of rebounding.
The only bad news in this for Lopez, if you can even find any: his performances have come overlapping the months of March and April, putting a damper on his chances at winning Player of the Month for April. Not to mention that the Nets are still only a bad loss or two from dropping out of the playoff race. They’ll need every ounce of Lopez’s re-invigorated game to keep it rolling.