Lopez With the Trail Blazers.
|No. 15 - Orlando Magic|
|Full name:||Robin Byron Lopez|
|Born:||April 1, 1988|
North Hollywood, California
|Listed height:||7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)|
|Listed weight:||281 lbs (127 kg)|
|National Basketball Association career|
|Debut: 2008 for the Phoenix Suns|
|High school:||San Joaquin Memorial|
|NBA Draft:||2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th|
|Selected by the Phoenix Suns|
|Playing career:||2008–present (13 years)|
|2012–2013||New Orleans Hornets|
|2013-2015||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2015–2016||New York Knicks|
|Career highlights and awards|
He was selected with the 15th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns, was traded to the New Orleans Hornets in 2012 and was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in 2013. He played college basketball for the Stanford Cardinal alongside his twin brother Brook Lopez, who also plays in the NBA for the Milwaukee Bucks, and in the 2019–20 season, both Lopez brothers played for the Bucks. However, only Brook won the championship in 2021.
Phoenix Suns (2008–2012)
Lopez was selected with the 15th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in the 2008 NBA Draft. Lopez joined a Suns team already featuring one of the all-time great centers in Shaquille O'Neal. Although O'Neal was relatively old, Lopez was not expected to get many minutes during his rookie season.
He got the first start of his career on November 7, 2008, against the Chicago Bulls in place of the injured O'Neal; he played 30 minutes, scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and had 2 blocks. For his rookie season, Lopez only saw an average of 10.2 minutes per game, with 3.2 points and 2 rebounds. At the end of the season, Shaq was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers due to the fact that his playstyle didn't fit well with the fast paced offense of the Suns, making Lopez the assumed starting center.
During the 2009–10 regular season, Lopez averaged 8.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.0 block per game. During the end of the season, however, Lopez was injured, and was replaced by Jarron Collins until the Western Conference Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, where the Suns eventually lost, 4 games to 2.
After the 2009–10 season, Lopez went into a statistical drop off, despite starting and playing more games. He was injured again in December 2010, and his decreasing production caused the Suns to have to trade for Marcin Gortat, who would replace Lopez in the starting lineup.
In the shortened 2011-12 season, Lopez wouldn't even produce a single start for the Suns. Because of Gortat's increased production at center, Lopez was forced to become a back-up center once again. He averaged 5.4 points with an average of 14 minutes per game there.
New Orleans Hornets (2012–2013)
On July 27, 2012, the New Orleans Hornets acquired Lopez in a sign-and-trade from the Phoenix Suns. It was during this time that Lopez would produce his best results yet, starting for every game of the season and gaining new career highs in almost every field in the process.
Portland Trail Blazers (2013–2015)
On July 10, 2013, New Orleans traded Lopez to the Portland Trail Blazers as a part of a three-way trade that also involved the Sacramento Kings. In his first season with the Trail Blazers, he recorded 29 double-doubles and set the franchise single season record for offensive rebounds. He would quickly become a favourite amongst the fans.
New York Knicks (2015-2016)
On July 9, 2015, Lopez signed with the New York Knicks. On March 20, 2016, he recorded 23 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in an 88–80 loss to the Sacramento Kings.
Chicago Bulls (2016–2019)
Milwaukee Bucks (2019–2020)
On July 12, 2019, Lopez signed with the Milwaukee Bucks, putting him on the same NBA team as his brother, Brook Lopez. Lopez would go on to play a bench role behind his brother.
Washington Wizards (2020–2021)
On November 22, 2020, Lopez signed with the Washington Wizards.
Orlando Magic (2021–present)
On August 3, 2021, Lopez signed with the Orlando Magic.