Monday, October 13, 2008 , Posted by dAVe at 8:51 PM
I was able to watch the pre-season game of the Phoenix Suns playing against Denver Nuggets. Hoping to see impressive rookies, 7 footer Robin Lopez caught my attention. The 15th overall pick takes the role as the back-up center for the aging Shaquille O'neal.
A product of Stanford University, Robin Lopez is not as athletic and skilled as his twin brother Brooke Lopez. Nevertheless, Robin has the potentials to make a name in the big league. I was impress with his timing on going up for blocks. He definitely has the wing span to block or at least intimidate shots down low. He is a good post defender. He's not a scoring machine but he makes a living on put backs, drop passes, and from garbage plays. The big guy can also run up and down the court, something that O'neal has passed up already.
Denver playing without Melo and AI won the game, 77-72. Robin Lopez had 8 points, 5 rebounds, 7 blocks. The young center still has a lot to improve. But definitely he's an asset to Phoenix. He'll get better as the season progresses.