It’s worth pointing out that Brook Lopez, the all-time leading scorer for the Brooklyn Nets franchise, is the only player in the 2006-16 list that was actually drafted by the club.
The New Jersey Nets took Lopez with the 10th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft and he turned in a first-team All-Rookie campaign.
It was the beginning of a terrific nine-year run with the Nets in both New Jersey and Brooklyn. Lopez was an All-Star in the team’s inaugural campaign in Brooklyn in 2013, finished in the top 10 in blocks six times, was 10th in the league in scoring in 2012-13 and was twice in the top 10 in offensive rebounds.
There were setbacks. Lopez missed all but five games in 2011-12 after breaking his right foot and was limited to 17 games and missed the playoffs in 2013-14 when he re-injured it.
But when he was healthy, Lopez produced.
In nine seasons, he averaged 18.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 32.2 minutes per game while shooting .506/.328/.794.
After going 3-for-31 from 3-point range in his first eight seasons. Lopez added the long ball to his game in 2016-17, launching 387 tmes from deep and hitting a credible 34.6 percent.
Lopez leads the Nets all-time with 10,444 points, but in June 2017, he was dealt with the rights to Kyle Kuzma to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for young guard D’Angelo Russell and a salary dump in center Timofey Mozgov.
He appeared in two postseasons for the Nets, in 2013 and 2015, averaging 21.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 38.2 minutes per game over 13 games. His slash line was .481/1-for-1/.857.
In July 2018, Lopez signed a one-year free-agent deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.