At 20-61, the Brooklyn Nets have had an awful season and have clinched the worst record in the NBA.
As a rebuilding franchise with a slew of young players on the roster, limited trade assets, and with the requirement of swapping first-round draft picks with the Boston Celtics in the upcoming 2017 NBA Draft, the Nets will have little to show for this failure of a season.
However, Brook Lopez, who has emerged into the face of the franchise over the years, made a loss to the Celtics on Monday night mean something in the grand scheme of things.
And it was completely on an individual level, as you might expect.
With the 23rd of his 25 points (the 10,442nd of his career), Lopez passed Buck Williams as the all-time leading scorer in Nets franchise history.
Despite starting off the game 0-for-5 from the field, he got his act together and finished 10-for-21 for 25 points along with seven rebounds, two assists and a block. Leading the team in scoring with 20.5 points per game along with 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per contest, Lopez has been the lone bright spot in the dismal team campaign.
Below shows the moment in which he broke the record:
He has refined his game many times over the years. However, he has completely transformed the type of player he is this year as the most finessed possible type of center in the NBA. Injuries likely played a major part in his decision to spend a lot of time on the perimeter on the offensive end of the floor.
Not is Lopez’s mid-range game deadly, as seen above, but he has extended his range beyond the three-point line this year. After going 3-for-31 over his first eight seasons in the NBA from beyond the arc, he has gone 133-for-380 this season (35.0 percent) in one of the most astonishing mid-career improvements in recent NBA history.
Over the years, Lopez has been a constant name on the trade block. However, he has never been dealt despite the rumors.
After the game, Williams offered his congratulations to the man who broke his record in what was a refreshingly pleasant moment.
Via Spotrac, Lopez is on the books for a $22,642,350 salary next season before he hits the open market as an unrestricted free agent next summer.
It's not often that an NBA player spends his entire career with one team. However, there's a chance that Brooklyn awards him with another extension after the completion of his current deal.
After all, he is now the franchise leader in career points.News Now - Sport News