Following two years at Stanford, Lopez was selected with the 10th pick by the Nets in the 2008 NBA Draft. He proceeded to contribute immediately for New Jersey, earning First Team All-Rookie honors. Lopez came off the bench for the first seven games of the season but then was given the starting nod and never relinquished it. On the season as a whole, the rookie averaged 13.0 points on 53.1 percent shooting, 8.1 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.0 assists in 30.5 minutes. Lopez also finished fourth in the NBA in blocks (151). He accumulated 18 double-doubles, plus 13 games with 20-plus points, two games with 15-plus rebounds and 24 games with at least three blocks. Arguably the best game of his career occurred during a seven-point win over the Hawks at home Nov. 14. Lopez posted 25 points (11-17 FG, 3-4 FT), nine rebounds, four blocks, two assists and two steals in 34 minutes. The Nets finished the season 34-48 under head coach Lawrence Frank.2009
Following an All-Rookie first team selection in 2008-09, Lopez continued his impressive play in 2009-10. He played all 82 games again, this time starting every one. He set career highs in points (18.8), rebounds (8.6) and assists (2.3) per game while also averaging 1.7 blocks. In addition, Lopez ranked fourth in the NBA in total offensive rebounds (270). Lopez accumulated 33 double-doubles, plus three 30-point efforts, three games of 15-plus rebounds and 22 games with at least three blocks. His best effort of the season was during an eight-point victory over the Pistons at home. In 41 minutes, Lopez posted 37 points (14-17 FG, 9-9 FT), 10 rebounds, one block and one assist. The Nets finished the season 12-70 under coaches Lawrence Frank (0-16), Tom Barrise (0-2) and Kiki Vandeweghe (12-52).2010
Lopez played all 82 games for the third straight season in 2010-11, starting all his appearances for a second consecutive year. He set a career high with 20.4 points per game while also adding 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 blocks. Lopez finished fifth in the NBA in total two-point field-goal attempts (1,308). He racked up nine double-doubles, plus 10 games with at least 30 points and 21 games with three or more blocks. On Apr. 6, in a seven-point loss on the road to Detroit, Lopez arguably had his best game of the season. He posted 39 points (14-20 FG, 11-14 FT), seven rebounds and four assists in 44 minutes. The Nets finished the season 24-58 under head coach Avery Johnson.2011
The 2011-12 season was largely lost for Lopez, who suffered a stress fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during preseason play. He came back briefly from the injury in February, appearing in five games before suffering an ankle injury that led to him being shut down for the remainder of the season. In his limited time, he averaged 19.2 points on 49.4 percent shooting, plus 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists. His best game of the season occurred during a one-point win over the Mavericks on the road. Lopez played 36 minutes and posted 38 points (17-28 FG, 4-5 FT), six rebounds and one assist. He finished with 20-plus points in only one other contest. Of every teammate that Lopez spent at least 50 minutes on the court with, Anthony Morrow was the best fit. The pair were plus-16.7 points per 100 possessions while on the floor together. New Jersey was 2-3 in games Lopez played and finished the season 22-44 under coach Avery Johnson.2013
After 17 appearances, Lopez went down due to a broken foot that cost him the remainder of the season. He was sidelined from Dec. 23 onward. However, he did manage to set a career high in points per game (20.7) before the injury. He also averaged 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. He shot an impressive 56.3 percent from the field and 81.7 percent from the charity stripe. Lopez was locked in from the mid-range, hitting 21-of-38 (55.3 percent) attempts from 16 feet to the three-point line. In addition, he was clutch, shooting 25-of-38 (65.8 percent) in fourth quarters. On Dec. 7, in an eight-point win over the Bucks on the road, Lopez had his best game of the season. In 40 minutes, he posted 32 points (11-13 FG, 10-11 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks. It was one of his 11 games with 20-plus points, one of his 14 games with at least five boards, and one of his 14 games with at least two blocks. Lopez was part of an especially successful five-man lineup also containing Deron Williams, Joe Johnson, Paul Pierce and Andray Blatche. In a 53-minute sample, that crew was plus-21.4 points per 100 possessions.2014
The 2014-15 season marked Lopez's age 26 campaign and seventh year in the NBA -- all with the Nets. In the team's third year in Brooklyn, Lopez appeared in 72 games, starting 44 and seeing 29.2 minutes per game. He averaged 17.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks (10th in the NBA). His 51.3 field-goal percentage ranked 12th in the league, and his 22.7 PER ranked 10th. In addition, Lopez was able to put together the best steal rate (1.1 percent) and offensive rebound rate (11.5 percent) of his career. On Mar. 20, in a two-point win over Milwaukee, Lopez put together his best game of the season. He posted 32 points (13-20 FG, 6-6 FT), 18 rebounds, five blocks and two assists in 42 minutes. It was one of his 17 double-doubles on the season. Lopez finished the season especially strong, averaging 20.7 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 33.0 minutes in March and April. He brought that energy into the playoffs, averaging 19.8 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 38.9 minutes, but the Nets lost the first-round series to Atlanta in six games.2015
The 2015-16 season marked Lopez's age 27 campaign and his eighth year in the NBA -- all with the Nets. He appeared in 73 games -- his highest mark since the 2012-13 season. In 2018-19, Lopez played 33.7 minutes, averaging 20.6 points (20th in the league), 7.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 blocks (ninth in the league). He also held the 18th-best PER (21.7) and 20th-highest usage rate (27.3) in the NBA. His 51.1 field-goal percentage ranked 19th. On Mar. 8, Lopez had arguably his best game of the season in a five-point loss at Toronto. He posted 35 points (13-17 FG, 9-9 FT), seven blocks, five rebounds, three assists and one steal across 35 minutes. Lopez also posted 26 double-doubles. His best was a 36-point, 10-rebound effort in an eight-point loss at Portland on Feb. 23, and it also included four steals, one assist and one block across 40 minutes. The Nets finished the season 21-61.2016
The 2016-17 season marked Lopez's age 28 campaign and his ninth year in the NBA. He appeared in 75 games -- his most since 2010-11 -- and saw 29.6 minutes per game. He averaged 20.5 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists (tied career high) and 1.7 blocks. Lopez's blocks per game ranked eighth in the league, his total blocks (124) ranked eighth, and his block percentage (4.2) was ninth. He was also 15th in the league in usage rate (29.2). Lopez shot 47.4 percent from the field and 81.0 percent from the charity stripe. Most notably, he was given a green light to shoot threes, taking 5.2 per contest and making 1.8 -- a 34.6 percent clip. Previously, he had never taken more 14 total threes in any given season. The end result was Lopez putting together the second-best true-shooting percentage (57.8) of his career. On Feb. 15, in a four-point loss at home to the Bucks, Lopez had his best game of the season, racking up 36 points (12-20 FG, 6-10 3Pt, 6-8 FT), eight blocks, four rebounds, one steal and one assist in 35 minutes. The Nets finished the season 20-62 and played at the league's fastest pace (101.3).2017
Following a nine-year stint with the Nets -- the team that drafted Lopez -- he was traded June 22 to the Lakers. He started 72 of his 74 appearances, averaging 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 blocks in 23.4 minutes. His playstyle shifted dramatically with the Lakers, though the change began the year before. After spending the vast majority of his career as a post-up and mid-range threat, Lopez transitioned into a true three-point shooter. With the Lakers, 41.0 percent of his overall field-goal attempts came from beyond the arc, compared to 33.0 percent the year prior and 1.2 percent the year before that. In 2017-18, he made 1.5 threes per game at a 34.5 percent clip, and he racked up 15 performances with at least three triples. Lopez's shot-blocking remained elite, as he ranked ninth in block percentage (4.6), which was his seventh year of being top-20. His best game of the season took place Nov. 3 during a 12-point win over the Nets. Lopez played 30 minutes and posted 34 points (13-23 FG, 6-9 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, three blocks and two assists. It was one of his four double-doubles. Under head coach Luke Walton, the Lakers finished 35-47 and did not make the postseason.2018
The 2018-19 season was Lopez's 11th, and it was his first with the Bucks after a nine-year tenure with the Nets and a one-year stint with the Lakers. The big man logged 28.7 minutes per night as Milwaukee's starting center, appearing in 81 contests. This marked the first time since 2010-11 that Lopez appeared in at least 80 games. He achieved new career bests in a number of other categories. Among his career highs, Lopez blocked 2.2 shots, drained 2.3 three-pointers, shot 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and converted 84.2 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe. The seven-footer established himself as a stretch-five who provided Milwaukee with quality spacing and defense. The Bucks won a league-high 60 games, which earned the team the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The team went on to lose 4-2 in the Conference Finals, and Lopez started all 15 games in the postseason. His averages dipped slightly to 11.2 points, 1.9 blocks and 1.5 three-pointers, though he did have several big games, including a 29-point, 11-rebound, four-block effort in a Game 1 win over the Raptors on May 15. The points were a season-high. For the regular season and playoffs, Lopez hit at least three three-pointers in 34 games and blocked at least two shots in 54 games, including a season-high seven on Mar. 2 in a loss to the Jazz.
June 26, 2008Selected by the New Jersey Nets in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 2008 NBA Draft.
July 9, 2015Inked a rookie contract with the Brooklyn Nets
June 22, 2017Traded by the Brooklyn Nets with Kyle Kuzma to the Los Angeles Lakers for Timofey Mozgov and D'Angelo Russell.
July 17, 2018Signed a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Bucks.
July 6, 2019Signed a four-year contract as a free agent with the Milwaukee Bucks