Robin Lopez Rumors

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Robin Lopez
Robin Lopez
Position: C
Born: 04/01/88
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:255 lbs. / 115.7 kg.
Salary: $4,767,000
You already had several big men in your rotation. What do you feel Robin Lopez adds? Jon Horst: A true 5 (center). We felt like Ersan (Ilyasova) is versatile and a really good player and has great moments for us. D.J. (Wilson) is growing again and is versatile. Giannis can slide down and play 5. Obviously, more of a 4, 3, 2, 1 than he is a 5. I think, for us, to have a true 5 – none of those guys are true 5s – and to have a true 5 on our roster the way that we play defensively to go from Brook to Robin on a consistent basis night in and night out defensively, we think is going to be a monster. We were the best defense in the league last year. We think we can be even better this year having him with the impact he can have protecting the rim and helping our rebounding.
When I look at this roster (with no Brogdon), I would say this team on paper isn’t as good as last year’s team. Do you agree or disagree with that assessment? Jon Horst: I would tell you pure analytics – kind of like the raw evaluation and the stuff that we look at – I think it’s close, maybe slightly worse. But, for me, I think we’re going to have internal development and growth, so I think we’re going to be better than last year based on that. We’re going to have another year in Bud’s system, which you have to remember last year was Year 1, so we’ll have another year in his system. And I think we added two guys who fit in a big way. I think Malcolm fit offensively and defensively at one position and did a great job, a fantastic player. I think Wes fits offensively at a high, high level and defensively, he’s really good. Robin fits defensively at a high, high level and offensively, he’s pretty good. In some ways, we were already the deepest team in the league in my opinion last year, and I think we might have become deeper. We still have four studs in the starting lineup and we have a fifth guy that fits great with them. I think we could be better. I really do. … I think we’ve filled the gaps in a great way.