2013: Brook Lopez
Brook Lopez became the Brooklyn Nets’ first All-Star selection when he was named an Eastern Conference reserve in 2013.
In 46 games leading up to the break, Lopez had averaged 19.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2,2 blocks in 30.3 minutes per game while shooting 52 percent from the floor.
The 24-year-old was in his fifth season with the Nets, who had moved to Brooklyn for the 2012-13 season, after being selected 10th overall by the club out of Stanford University in the 2008 NBA Draft.
The Nets entered the break as one of the NBA’s hotter teams, going 17-8 since interim coach P.J. Carlesimo replaced Avery Johnson just after Christmas and were 31-22 overall.
Lopez logged 11 minutes in the All-Star Game in Houston, scoring three points with five rebounds and three assists. He missed his only shot, a 3-pointer — odd in that he had not attempted one to that point during the regular season — but was 3-for-4 at the foul line.
It wasn’t enough as the West took home a 143-138, with Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers being named MVP after scoring 20 points with 14 assists and four steals, hitting 7-of-10 overall and 4-of-5 from long range.
The Nets were 18-11 after the break, finishing 49-33 and reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2007.
But fourth-seeded Brooklyn was surprised by the injury-riddled Chicago Bulls in the first round, losing Game 7 at Barclays Center 99-93 after coming back from a 3-1 series deficit with wins at home in Game 5 and at Chicago in Game 6.
Lopez remained with the Nets until he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in June 2017 in the deal that brought 2019 All-Star D’Angelo Russell to Brooklyn. He signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Milwaukee Bucks last July.
The 2013 All-Star appearance is the only one of Lopez’s career to date.