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.
June 26, 2008Drafted by the Phoenix Suns with the 15th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.
July 27, 2012As 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, 2013As 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, 2015Signed a four-year contract with the New York Knicks
June 22, 2016Traded 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, 2019Signed a two-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.