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Brook Lopez to Replace Rajon Rondo as All-Star

by Photo of Ross Bernhardt

Brooklyn will have a representative in Houston, and it’s the deserving Brook Lopez.

Brook Lopez to Replace Rajon Rondo as All-Star

It was just announced that Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez will replace injured Celtics guard Rajon Rondo in the Eastern Conference All-Star roster, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. Rondo was voted in as a starter, but after sustaining a season-ending knee injury needed to be replaced. Lopez was clearly the most glaring omission on the roster when the reserves were initially announced, and even though you would logically want to replace a point guard with another guard, no one from the East was as deserving as Lopez.

After missing all but five games last year, Lopez has come back stronger and more productive than ever. He has been Brooklyn's most consistent player this year, especially during their recent hot streak. On the season, Lopez is averaging 18.2 points, 7.3 assists, and is shooting 52 percent from the field. Lopez has also really improved his play on the defensive end, where he is averaging a career-high 2.2 blocks per game (which is good for seventh in the league). That improvement in his game has made a huge difference for the Nets.

While it would have been so incredibly awesome to see someone like J.R. Smith in an All-Star Game, it just wouldn't have been right at the expense of someone like Lopez who is in the middle of a great year and really deserves it.

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