Starting Center: Brook Lopez
This was an extremely easy decision to make. Brook Lopez pretty much has the starting center spot locked up. He’s been starting for the Nets since his rookie season, when he replaced an injured-Josh Boone in the lineup.
Lopez has established himself as the most consistent player on the Nets. In his eight-year career with the Nets, Lopez is averaging 18.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He’s already second place on the Nets’ career scoring list, and earned one All-Star appearance in 2013. At 28-years-old, Lopez is playing the best basketball of his career, and he’s bound to have another great season.
Lopez will have offseason acquisition Justin Hamilton to back him up. Hamilton previously played in the NBA for four seasons, and is coming off a year from playing overseas. His best season in the NBA occurred with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2014-15, averaging nine points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Hamilton certainly has a lot to prove in Brooklyn if he wishes to retain a spot on the roster.
Aside from Hamilton, the Nets might even use McCullough on some occasions as center for a small-ball rotation. Nevertheless, it will still be Lopez dominating the playing time for the five, as it’s been for the past few years.
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