Robin Lopez

Robin Lopez

34-Year-Old CenterC
Cleveland Cavaliers
2022 Fantasy Outlook
After a terrible season in Orlando, Lopez finds himself in Cleveland, where he is likely to be the second or third-string center. While he is an upgrade from Ed Davis, there simply aren't going to be a lot of minutes to spare, especially with the Cavaliers upgrading during the offseason. Lopez is better suited as a veteran bench piece, mentoring the young frontcourt. As he has in the past, the big man will be ready to roll should he be called upon, although at this point, that seems relatively unlikely. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.91 million contract with the Cavaliers in July of 2022.
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Robin Lopez, son of Deborah Ledford and Heriberto Lopez, was born in 1988 in North Hollywood, California. Robin comes from a basketball family. Older brothers Chris and Alex both played at the prep level before Alex moved on to college basketball at Washington and Santa Clara. Twin brother Brook currently plies his trade with Robin in Milwaukee. Robin spent two years playing with Brook at Stanford, averaging 8.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game over 67 career contests. Lopez won the Maurice Lucas Award while with the Trailblazers in 2014, given by the organization to the player who "best represents the indomitable spirit of Maurice Lucas through his contributions on the court and in the community, as well as in support of his teammates and the organization". This was in recognition of his work on the Read BIG Campaign. Lopez partnered with Portland Public Schools "to inspire young students to develop an early love for reading as part of PPS' efforts to help all Portland kids learn to read by 3rd Grade." An avid reader, Lopez credits his mother - a teacher - for pushing him to find a love for literature at a young age. Lopez and his twin brother Brook became the second set of twins to play for Stanford (after Jason and Jarron Collins). Robin was installed as a starter as a defensive presence by coach Trent Johnson and started all 31 games as a first-year player. He set a Stanford freshman record with 73 blocks while averaging 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds. Lopez started 30 of 36 games as a sophomore and produced 10.2 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. The center was named to the All-Pac-10 Defensive squad and finished his Cardinal career with the second-most blocks in school history. He led the team back to the NCAA Tournament where he registered 14 points, four rebounds and five blocks in the first-round win over Cornell. He also tallied 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in a victory over Marquette. After two years with Stanford, Lopez declared for the 2008 Draft.

Back to bench
CCleveland Cavaliers
November 28, 2022
Lopez is coming off the bench Monday against Toronto, Cayleigh Griffin of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
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Lopez drew a rare start Sunday against the Pistons, but he'll return to his usual role despite a thin Cleveland frontcourt. He's averaging 3.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 11.2 minutes over his last five appearances as a reserve.
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Expected to be bought out
COrlando Magic
February 17, 2022
Lopez is a likely candidate to be bought out, according to Moke Hamilton of Basketball News.
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Mo Bamba and Wendell Carter continue to garner the majority of playing time at center, which has left Lopez as the odd man out. Memphis, Milwaukee and Golden State have all been rumored to be interested in acquiring the veteran big man, but it remains unclear who the favorite is to land the seven footer. Fellow big man DeAndre Jordan is also a potential buyout candidate and both could find new homes soon after Tristan Thompson was the first domino to fall in the market for frontcourt depth.
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This summer, the much traveled Lopez signed a one-year deal with Orlando. It's not known whether the Magic signed Lopez for quality reserve minutes or as a mentor to young bigs Wendell Carter and Mo Bamba. Either way, don't look for flashy stats from the Lopez brother with the longer hair and no championship ring. Believe it or not, Lopez started every game he appeared in for three seasons from 2015-18. Those days are long gone, as Lopez started only 14 contests over the past two years. Over the past three seasons, Lopez has posted 8.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.8 blocks over 18.6 minutes per game. The low rebound totals are particularly disappointing for a 7-foot hulking big. Lopez will battle the 23-year-old Bamba to become the primary back-up for Wendell Carter. For Lopez, expect more single-digit scoring production with disappointing boards. The veteran center is only fantasy relevant in deep leagues.
After Lopez saw just 21 total playoff minutes for the Bucks last season, it seems the two sides were destined to part ways. His regular-season role was relatively small as well, backing up his brother, Brook, and averaging 5.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 14.5 minutes. During the offseason, Lopez signed a one-year, $7.3 million contract with the Wizards. It appears he'll be the primary backup to Thomas Bryant, though Moritz Wagner and Anzejs Pasecniks could also be in the mix. There's a chance Lopez will see an increased role, but it probably wouldn't be enough for him to be fantasy-relevant again unless he shockingly sees minutes in the upper-20s.
After three seasons in Chicago, Lopez signed a two-year, $9.75 million deal to join the Bucks this offseason. The veteran big man averaged 9.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks on 56.8 percent shooting from the floor in 21.7 minutes per contest for the Bulls last season. He'll likely assume the top backup center role behind his brother Brook, who just inked a new four-year contract with Milwaukee. Robin offers solid shooting and the occasional big scoring or rebounding night, as well as good rim protection skills which translate to a healthy share of blocks. He offers less upside than his brother, as he has no three-point game and lacks consistent effort on the glass, especially for a seven-footer. Lopez could find his way to 20 minutes per night, as the Bucks' depth at center is thin. However, new signee Dragan Bender can play the role of stretch-five with his outside shooting and may eat into Lopez's playing time if he can develop his game. Lopez is worth a flyer in deeper leagues, but his value is limited in standard formats.
Lopez, who started all 64 games he appeared in, stayed healthy for the vast majority of the year. However, the 30-year-old began sitting out games following the All-Star break in a tanking effort so blatant that the NBA issued a formal warning to the Bulls. However, that didn't stop Chicago, as Lopez played only seven of the final 19 games after the warning. League dynamics aside, Lopez put together a solid season with the Bulls, scoring a career-high 11.8 points per game on 53.0 percent shooting. His rebounding (4.5) and shot-blocking (0.9) took dips, however, the former being his lowest mark since 2011-12 and the latter being his lowest clip since 2010-11. Heading into 2018-19, Lopez looks to be in store for a smaller role, as Chicago drafted center Wendell Carter out of Duke with the seventh overall pick. If Carter’s impressive summer league play is any indication, he appears to be NBA ready. As a result, Lopez can probably be avoided in most standard Fantasy drafts.
After being traded from the Knicks to the Bulls in June of 2016, Lopez had a solid, but not spectacular year in his first season in Chicago. He played in all but one regular season game, but his numbers stayed fairly consistent from a year prior. He finished with averages of 10.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.4 blocks, while shooting 49.3 percent from the field. That marked a slight drop in his rebounding numbers, while his field goal percentage was also the worst he's shot since the 2011-12 season. Heading into the 2017-18 campaign, Lopez will be back with the Bulls once again and should remain the team's starting center. Superstar Jimmy Butler was dealt to the Timberwolves in an offseason trade, which should allow Lopez to pick up a few more post touches per game. That means Lopez should see an increase in production, although it wouldn't be surprising if the gains were ultimately limited a bit considering the Bulls are in rebuild mode and will likely try and get their younger talent more involved right away to speed up their development. That said, a slight uptick in points, rebounds and field goal percentage should be expected, though his poor free throw shooting (72.1 percent in 2016-17) is something to be aware of.
Lopez will suit up for his third team in as many years as he enters his ninth NBA season. The big man joined the Bulls in June, coming over from the Knicks shortly before the draft as the key piece in the Derrick Rose trade. He'll have big shoes to fill, stepping in as the starting center after the Bulls parted ways with both Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol over the summer. Lopez, who averaged 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 assists per game last season, will be asked to anchor the Bulls' defense following a summer that brought drastic change to the roster. After averaging 27.1 minutes per game last season, Lopez could be set for a mild increase in playing time given the relative lack of depth behind him. Chicago has a number of options at power forward -- Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis among them -- but Cristiano Felicio is the team's only other true center. While the 24-year-old Felicio flashed potential as a rookie, he played in only 31 games and remains fairly raw, so the Bulls will be counting heavily on Lopez. While Lopez is far from a dominant interior scorer, he has strong touch around the basket (career 53.3% from the field), as well as at the charity stripe (79.5% in 2015-16). Lopez is also among the league's best offensive rebounders, pulling down 3.3 per game last season, good for sixth in the NBA. Given his underdeveloped offensive game, Lopez's fantasy ceiling is relatively low, but he's a proven, steady commodity who's worth a look in later rounds of fantasy drafts.
The proud owner of a new four-year, $54 million contract, Lopez joined the Knicks in free agency after playing the past two seasons for the Blazers. Last year, the seven-footer posted 9.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks while shooting 54 percent in 28 minutes per game across 59 appearances. Ultimately, a broken right hand suffered last December prevented Lopez from completing his third straight season without missing a game, but he remained a formidable presence around the rim when healthy. Now with the Knicks, Lopez is expected to anchor New York's defense as the team's unquestioned starting center. That should coincide with a useful amount of blocked shots, but it will be most interesting to monitor how the Knicks' roster composition impacts Lopez's rebounding numbers. Without playing alongside another seven-footer like former teammate LaMarcus Aldridge, Lopez figures to consume a larger chunk of his team's rebounds but has only averaged over seven boards per game once in his previous seven seasons. While Lopez's defensive contributions still outweigh his offensive ability, the 27-year-old's average of 10.7 points over the past three seasons suggests he could become a more frequent double-double threat this season, if his rebounding rate reflects his comparatively larger role on the Knicks.
After arriving in Portland last offseason via a three-team deal, Robin Lopez turned in the most prolific season of his six-year career, averaging 11.1 points (on 55-percent shooting), 8.5 rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and 0.9 assists in 32 minutes. The exchange appears to have worked in the Blazers' favor, at least initially, as Lopez's placement in the starting lineup allowed frontcourt mate LaMarcus Aldridge to focus more of his energy on the offensive end of the floor. Meanwhile, Lopez responded with a career-high in swats and defensive rebounds, but the center also emerged as a force on the offensive glass, corralling a franchise record 326 offensive rebounds on the year. Largely avoiding any serious injuries for the third consecutive year, Lopez is building up a track record as a reliable option inside, unlike his twin brother, Brook. As Robin enters the final year of his contract, he can be relied upon for boards, blocks, and a more-than-palatable field-goal percentage.
While Lopez didn't fully emerge out of his brother's shadow last season, he at least poked his head around Brook's shoulder. The forgotten Lopez twin easily put together the best season of his career for the Hornets, finishing with career-high marks in scoring (11.3), rebounding (5.6) blocked shots (1.6) and minutes played (26 mpg). While his counting stats might not jump out of the box score, Lopez was able to add to his overall fantasy value by being an extremely efficient big man, shooting 53 from the floor, 78 percent from the charity stripe and limiting his turnovers to 1.3 per game. Lopez was a strong veteran presence in the paint for a rebuilding squad in New Orleans, but he will join an already established Portland frontcourt after being packaged as part of the Tyreke Evans sign-and-trade deal. The Blazers' frontcourt will continue to revolve around LaMarcus Aldridge and the team will likely want to get Myers Leonard more involved in the rotation during his second season, which makes it unlikely Lopez will see as large of a role as he did in New Orleans. But if Lopez is able to carve out 22-26 mpg with his new team, he's capable of providing consistent enough production to be worth a look in some formats.
Lopez comes to New Orleans following a mediocre start to his career. He played in all but two games last season, averaging 5.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg and .9 bpg, but Lopez was stuck as a defensive-minded player in a heavily offensive team. Lopez could reach his potential under Williams. He might not put up the numbers to be a force in fantasy, but his contributions to the team as a defensive stalwart will be a big help to the team. Unless in a deep league and looking for defensive stats, Lopez should not be a fantasy option.
Handed the starting role in Phoenix, Lopez squandered it thanks to poor play. He is foul prone and has no offensive game to speak of. Even if Gortat were to get injured, it’s hard to foresee Lopez producing enough offensively in order to be worth a roster spot.
It appeared, as they entered the NBA, that Robin would always remain in the shadow of his twin brother Brook. To a certain degree, it's true: while the latter has become a night-in, night-out double-double threat, the former has become more of hustle-type player. But it was Robin hustling with Phoenix in the playoffs last year as his brother toiled with the lowly Nets. He enters the season as No. 1 on the depth chart at center. That's good for at least 25 minutes per game.
Lopez's rookie season was a far cry from his brother Brook's in New Jersey, as he struggled to adjust to the pro game even without the pressure of being a starter. With Shaquille O'Neal now in Cleveland, Lopez is the Suns' best option for interior defense, but his showing in the Summer League didn't give any indication he was ready for a bigger role. Even if he does earn more minutes his value will come solely in rebounds and blocks, as he's a poor fit for the "Seven Seconds or Less" offensive philosophy.
He has more hair than his brother Brook, but that's likely to be the only category in which he outperforms his sibling. Unless an injury opens up a starting spot for him, Lopez will be just a big body off the bench for the Suns this season.
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Just four minutes despite start
CCleveland Cavaliers
November 27, 2022
Lopez ended with two points (1-2 FG) and one rebound in four minutes during Sunday's 102-94 victory over the Pistons.
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Getting spot start Sunday
CCleveland Cavaliers
November 27, 2022
Lopez will start Sunday's game against the Pistons, Danny Cunningham of 1500 ESPN Twin Cities reports.
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Efficient in limited minutes
CCleveland Cavaliers
November 21, 2022
Lopez registered six points (3-3 FG), two rebounds, one assist and one steal across 10 minutes during Monday's 114-102 win over Atlanta.
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Serves role in win
CCleveland Cavaliers
October 31, 2022
Lopez logged two points (1-1 FG, 0-1 FT) and one block in nine minutes during Sunday's 121-108 victory over New York.
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Joins Cavs on one-year deal
CCleveland Cavaliers
July 1, 2022
Lopez and the Cavaliers agreed to terms Friday on a one-year contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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