Robin Lopez: NBA Draft Profile

April 28th, 2008

Robin Lopez


College:  Stanford

Class: Sophomore

Position: C

Height:  7’0”

Weight: 255lbs


Accolades:  Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 (08), All-Pac-10 Defensive Team (08), McDonald’s All-American – high school (06), Third Team All-American – Parade – high school (06).   


Scouting Report:  An athletic defender with great NBA size.


Strengths:  Great defender – long, athletic shotblocker.  Shot better than 50% from the field his sophomore year.  Good NBA size – has the body type that could fill out even more.  Showed an improved scoring touch as the season progressed.  Physical on defense.  Intense/aggressive player.  Good spin moves on offense.  Very good offensive rebounder – had 10 in a game versus California this year.  Big hands.


Weaknesses:  Not NBA ready on the offensive end – barely averaged over 10 points a game his sophomore year.  Still inexperienced – big men tend to take longer to develop.  Didn’t play real huge minutes his two years in college.  Can get into foul trouble.


Projected 2008 Draft Range:  Mid to late first round pick.


Consensus:  It would be interesting to see Robin Lopez return to Stanford for his junior year and be allowed to blossom away from his brother Brook.  However, that isn’t going to happen and Robin’s game will have to develop in the NBA.  His defensive prowess, good NBA body and plenty of room for improvement makes him intriguing to NBA teams, and he looks sure to be a first round pick.


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