Re: The Saga of Brook and Robin.
did a little research this morning at the places mentioned above (along with arizonasportsfans-net) and a couple things stand out:
- there are still a lot of unknowns about robin. not just among the fans, but probably among his coaches, too. to wit, ask five different people about him and you'll get five different answers, 3-4 of them sounding pretty reasonable.
"he hurts the suns offense"
"he provides some needed post help to a group of shooters"
"his defense is not enough to make a difference"
"he's been playing tough and smart recently, and provides a commodity in his shot-blocking"
- seems to me like the channing frye - robin lopez juggling is going to go on the rest of the season based on matchups. this might not be the ideal situation that robin might hope for in terms of starter's minutes, but will be a better chance to show what he's capable of (11 mpg up until now).
- the thing that stood out the most to me from the scouting reports is how much better of a shooter brook is, with the nod going to robin for his hustle and intensity.
- both brothers seem limited when backing down from the low post, in that they're never going to be as quick and powerful as some other big men. so far their moves often look mechanical and borderline slow, and neither one is ever going to be an olajuwon, clearly. but they're both very intelligent, with good attitudes, so their upside still appears pretty good. by comparison, the collins twins also had NBA impact, but their poor ability to rebound, shoot and block shots kind of doomed them. the lopez brothers are far more advanced in these areas.