It’s hard to become a professional athlete. It’s even rarer to see family members play alongside each other as pros. But this is what the Lopez brothers have done since 2008. After playing at Stanford University during the 2006–07 season, twins Brook and Robin Lopez joined the NBA
The brothers have been staples in the NBA for more than a decade, but are Brook and Robin the only Lopez brothers in the league? How many Lopez brothers are there exactly?
The Lopez brothers’ childhood
Brook and Robin have two other brothers, Chris and Alex. Alex played college basketball at Washington and Santa Clara, then competed professionally overseas. He never made it to the NBA. This makes Brook and Robin the only two Lopez brothers in the league, reports Yahoo Sports.
Born in Los Angeles, the twins and their family moved to Washington when they were in second grade to be closer to Alex while he was in college. A year later, they moved to Fresno, California, where they stayed until Brook and Robin committed to play basketball at Stanford, up the coast from Fresno, in 2005.
The Lopez brothers’ pre-NBA career
The brothers both played basketball at San Joaquin Memorial High School, as well as for the Elite Basketball Organization AAU team. This helped them earn entry into Stanford. One minute older than Robin, Brook averaged 16 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game in his two seasons at Stanford.
Robin’s numbers weren’t as good as his twin. He averaged 9 points, 5.6 boards, and 0.8 assists per game while playing for the Cardinal. Although they didn’t put up earth-shattering numbers in college, both athletes were selected in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft.
Brook went first when the Nets selected him with the 10th overall pick; Robin went five picks later, with the Suns taking him No. 15.
The Lopez brothers’ NBA careers
Teammates throughout high school and college, Brook and Robin’s careers started to diverge in the NBA.
Brook spent his first nine seasons with the Nets, then played for the Lakers in 2017-18. Currently, he’s in his second season with the Bucks, averaging 16.9 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. The center has made the playoffs three times, most recently last season when the Bucks lost to the Raptors in the Eastern Conference Finals — the deepest playoff run of his career.
Brook was named to the NBA’s All-Rookie team in 2008-09 and joined his only All-Star team in 2012-13 when he averaged 19.4 points per game. His career-high of 20.7 points per game came the following season.
Robin has been more of a journeyman than his brother. After spending his first four seasons with the Suns, the center spent the 2012-13 campaign with the Hornets. He jumped to the Trail Blazers for two seasons, spent one year with the Knicks, and completed three seasons with the Bulls.
In July, Robin signed a two-year contract with the Bucks, reuniting him with his twin for the first time since college. With 8.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and .8 assists, Robin’s career numbers aren’t as good as Brook’s. He’s been on playoff teams four times, however. The 31-year-old’s most recent appearance occurred during his first season with the Bulls.
Like Brook, Robin has yet to play for a team that’s advanced past the conference finals. That could change this season, though. The Bucks currently sit atop the NBA with the league’s best record.
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