Robin Lopez
Robin Lopez
32-Year-Old CenterC
Milwaukee Bucks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $9.75 million contract with the Bucks in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

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.

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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.

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CMilwaukee Bucks
August 4, 2020
Lopez will start Tuesday's game against Brooklyn.
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The rationale for the swapping one Lopez brother for the other is unclear, but it appears Brook Lopez will move to the bench, while Robin gets the starting nod.
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2018

In Lopez's third year with Chicago, he played 74 games, starting 36. He averaged 9.5 points and 3.9 rebounds. He had the highest field-goal percentage (56.8) on the team and was second in blocks per game (1.1). Lopez had his highest field-goal percentage in nine years, which was also the 13th-highest in the league. Defensively, Lopez was 15th in the league for block percentage (4.2). His best stretch of the year was between Feb. 6 and Feb. 25, during which he averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.4 blocks on 66.7 percent shooting. His best game was against the Knicks when he dropped 29 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a block. He was part of a very successful five-man group that was plus-51.0 points per 100 possessions, flanked by Ryan Arcidiacono, Zach LaVine, Otto Porter and Lauri Markkanen. Lopez was integral to the team on a contract year with his coach Jim Boylen saying, "It's his decision, but any program, including us, would be grateful for him." The Bulls finished the season 22-60.

2017

In his second year with the Bulls, Lopez appeared in 64 games, starting each one. In 26.4 minutes per game, he averaged 11.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He shot 53.0 percent from the field (17th-highest in the NBA), 75.6 percent from the free-throw line and hit four of his 14 three-point attempts. Out of all players who saw at least 500 minutes on the Bulls, Lopez led the team in field-goal percentage at the rim, converting on 72.9 percent of his attempts. Lopez also led the team in block percentage (2.8). He saw the most minutes per game in October, where Lopez played 30.6 minutes per contest across five appearances, averaging 14.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists while also totaling seven blocks and one steal. Arguably his best game of the season was Nov. 7 during a five-point loss to the Raptors. In 26 minutes, Lopez posted 20 points (10-11 FG), three rebounds, one assist and one steal. It was one of his six games with at least 20 points. Lopez also double-doubled three times. Under head coach Fred Hoiberg, the Bulls finished the season 27-55 and did not make the playoffs.

2016

Dealt from the Knicks to the Bulls in June, Lopez was his usual reliable self in his first season in the Windy City. The big man started for Chicago in all 81 of his appearances. He averaged double figures in scoring (10.4 points) for the fourth time in the past five years, while shooting better than 49.0 percent from the field (49.3) for a fifth straight season. A menace on the glass, Lopez posted 10 or more rebounds on 13 separate occasions. That led to eight double-doubles, including a massive 25-point, 12-rebound effort against Washington on March 17. Defensively, Lopez had logged three or more blocks on 11 separate occasions. His eight rejections against the Lakers on November 30 were a new career-high.

2015

Lopez appeared in all 82 games for the Knicks, starting each one and playing 27.1 minutes per game. He averaged 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.4 assists. He ranked second in the NBA in offensive rebounds (268), 10th in blocks (129) and ninth in field-goal percentage (53.9). His best game of the season occurred Feb. 4 during a six-point loss to the Pistons. In 35 minutes, Lopez posted 26 points (11-14 FG, 4-4 FT), 16 rebounds, two assists and one steal. It was one of his eight games with at least 20 points and one of his 15 double-doubles. Four of Lopez's 15 double-doubles also included at least five offensive rebounds, three assists and one block. One of Lopez's best stretches of the season was from Jan. 3 through the 13th. Across seven games, he averaged 13.3 points (58.0 FG%, 86.7 FT%), 7.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 blocks in 31.0 minutes. The Knicks went 5-2 over that stretch. Overall, New York finished 32-50 and failed to make the playoffs.

2014

In Lopez's second year with the Trail Blazers, he started in all 59 of his appearances. The 26-year-old missed 22 straight games from Dec. 17 through Jan. 31 as a result of a broken hand. However, he played in every other contest. He saw 27.8 minutes per game and averaged 9.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks (19th-best in the NBA). In addition, he shot 53.5 percent from the field and 77.2 percent from the free-throw line. Lopez also finished 10th in the league in offensive rebound percentage (12.7) and 19th in offensive rating (116.8). His best game of the season was Nov. 4 during a 101-82 victory over the Cavaliers at home. Lopez played 29 minutes and posted 19 points (8-11 FG, 3-4 FT), six rebounds, three steals, two assists and one block. Portland, under head coach Terry Stotts, finished the year 51-31 but lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Grizzlies in five games. In the series, Lopez averaged 5.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 block in 23.4 minutes. Game 2 was his best performance, with Lopez posting 10 points (5-6 FG), six rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist in 31 minutes.

2013

After spending one year with the Hornets, Lopez was traded to the Trail Blazers ahead of the 2013-14 season. He played and started all 82 games for a second consecutive campaign, reaching a career-high 31.7 minutes per game. He averaged 11.1 points, a career-high 8.5 rebounds and a career-high 1.7 blocks. Lopez also shot 55.1 percent from the field (seventh-best in the NBA) and 81.8 percent from the charity stripe. He ranked first in the league in offensive rating (128.1), third in offensive rebounds (326) and fifth in blocks (139). During a one-point loss to the Lakers on Mar. 3, Lopez had his best game of the year. He posted 19 points (9-13 FG, 1-1 FT), 16 rebounds, three blocks and two assists in 34 minutes. That performance marked one of his 29 double-doubles. In addition, Lopez posted 18 games with at least three blocks. Under head coach Terry Stotts, the Trail Blazers finished the season 54-28, making it to the second round of the playoffs before being eliminated by the Spurs in five games. In the postseason, Lopez averaged 10.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocks across 33.4 minutes. His best performance was during a series-clinching Game 6 victory over the Rockets in the first round. Lopez racked up 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, four blocks and two steals in 39 minutes.

2012

After spending the first four years of his career with the Suns, Lopez was traded to the Hornets in late July of 2012. He proceeded to play and start all 82 games, putting together the most productive year of his career. Lopez saw 26.0 minutes per game and averaged 11.3 points (53.4 FG%, 77.8 FT%), 5.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. He also found his way onto some of the NBA's leaderboards, ranking ninth in block percentage (5.0), 12th in offensive rebound percentage (12.4) and 15th in field-goal percentage. He had his best performance Dec. 22 during a 81-75 loss to the Pacers at home. In 38 minutes, Lopez managed 24 points (11-16 FG, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, six blocks, two steals and one assist. That marked one of his nine double-doubles on the year. He also posted 18 games with at least three blocks. The Hornets, under head coach Monty Williams, finished the year 27-55 and failed to make the postseason.

2011

Lopez played in all but two of the 66 games of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. The big center averaged 5.4 points and 3.3 rebounds across 14.0 minutes per contest. He also shot 46.1 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe. Arguably Lopez's best performance of the season was during a one-point loss to the Hornets at home Dec. 26. Lopez played 27 minutes and posted 21 points (8-12 FG, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds and one assist. That marked his only 20-point game of the season. Lopez also posted 18 games with at least five rebounds and seven efforts with more than two blocks. Under head coach Alvin Gentry, the Suns finished the year 33-33 and failed to make the postseason.

2010

The 2010-11 season marked Lopez's third year in the league. He set career highs for games played (67) and starts (56). He averaged 6.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.8 minutes while shooting 50.1 percent from the field and 74.0 percent from the charity stripe. Lopez's best game of the season was during a 114-106 loss to the Lakers at home Oct. 29. He posted 18 points (9-18 FG), 14 rebounds and one block across 32 minutes. That performance marked one of Lopez's two double-doubles. He also posted at least one block in 33 of his appearances. Under head coach Alvin Gentry, the Suns went 40-42 with the league's ninth-best offensive rating (109.5), but failed to make the postseason.

2009

No longer being behind Shaquille O'Neal on the depth chart opened up some playing time for Lopez in his second year in the league. Lopez started in 31 of the 51 games he appeared in during the 2009-10 season, averaging 8.4 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 block across 19.3 minutes -- all career highs. Channing Frye and Amar'e Stoudemire also spent significant time at center, which is why Lopez didn't see 30 minutes regularly despite often being a starter. However, Lopez did see 37 minutes during his best performance of the season, which was Feb. 26 in a 125-112 victory over the Clippers at home. Lopez posted 30 points (13-16 FG, 4-8 FT) and 12 rebounds. That marked his only 30-point game of the season and one of his four double-doubles. Lopez also racked up at least three blocks in nine of his appearances. Under head coach Alvin Gentry, the Suns finished 54-28, making it to the Western Conference Finals before falling to the Lakers in six games. Lopez averaged 7.8 points and 4.0 rebounds across 17.3 minutes in the postseason, and his best effort was during a nine-point, Game 3 victory over the Lakers in which he posted 20 points (8-10 FG, 4-4 FT), three rebounds and one steal in 30 minutes.

2008

Following two years at Stanford, Lopez was selected by the Suns with the 15th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft. Playing behind Shaquille O'Neal on Phoenix's depth chart, Lopez saw 10.2 minutes per game, averaging 3.2 points and 2.0 rebounds. He shot 51.8 percent from the field and 69.1 percent from the charity stripe. Lopez started seven of his 60 appearances, and in those games, he averaged 6.4 points and 2.6 rebounds in 22.3 minutes. He also blocked nine total shots and swiped four steals in those starts. Lopez's best game of the season was Nov. 7 during a 100-83 loss to the Bulls on the road. Lopez drew the start, playing 30 minutes and racking up 14 points (6-9 FG, 2-5 FT), seven rebounds and two blocks. That performance was one of three games that Lopez scored in double-digits. He also racked up at least five rebounds in five contests and blocked at least one shot in 28 games. Under head coaches Terry Porter (28-23) and Alvin Gentry (18-13), the Suns went 46-36 but failed to make the postseason despite having the second-best offensive rating (113.6) in the NBA.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2008
    Drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 15th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.
  • July 27, 2012
    As part of a three-team trade, traded by the Phoenix Suns with Hakim Warrick and cash to the New Orleans Hornets; the Minnesota Timberwolves traded Wesley Johnson, a 2016 second-round draft pick and a 2017 second-round draft pick to the Phoenix Suns; the New Orleans Hornets traded a 2013 second-round draft pick and a 2016 second-round draft pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves; the New Orleans Hornets traded Jerome Dyson and Brad Miller to the Phoenix Suns; and the Phoenix Suns traded a 2014 second-round draft pick to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • July 10, 2013
    As part of a three-team trade, traded by the New Orleans Pelicans with Terrel Harris to the Portland Trail Blazers; the New Orleans Pelicans traded Greivis Vasquez to the Sacramento Kings; the Portland Trail Blazers traded Jeff Withey to the New Orleans Pelicans; the Portland Trail Blazers traded cash, a 2016 second-round draft pick and a 2016 second-round draft pick to the Sacramento Kings; and the Sacramento Kings traded Tyreke Evans to the New Orleans Pelicans.
  • July 9, 2015
    Signed a four-year contract with the New York Knicks
  • June 22, 2016
    Traded by the New York Knicks with Jose Calderon and Jerian Grant to the Chicago Bulls for Justin Holiday, Derrick Rose and a 2017 second-round draft pick.
  • July 12, 2019
    Signed a two-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
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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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March 10, 2020
Lopez turned in 11 points (4-11 FG, 3-6 3Pt), five rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in 32 minutes Monday in the Bucks' 109-95 loss to the Nuggets.
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Gets starting nod
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March 9, 2020
Lopez is starting Monday's game against Denver.
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Returns to bench role
CMilwaukee Bucks
February 25, 2020
Lopez is not starting Tuesday's game against the Raptors.
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Logs season-high 33 minutes
CMilwaukee Bucks
February 25, 2020
Lopez notched 11 points (4-5 FG, 3-4 3Pt), three blocks, one rebound, one assist and one steal in 33 minutes during Monday's 137-134 overtime win at Washington.
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Draws spot start
CMilwaukee Bucks
February 24, 2020
Lopez will get the start at center for Monday's matchup with the Wizards.
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