Milwaukee Bucks: Meet the 2010s All-Decades Team

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Milwaukee Bucks' Brook Lopez
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Milwaukee Bucks: Meet the 2010s All-Decade Team – Brook Lopez

By and large, the Bucks’ center position and the revolving door of players throughout the 2010s was emblematic of their run during the decade.

That isn’t to say there weren’t some one-year wonders, such as the case with Larry Sanders during his breakout 2012-13 season where he nearly averaged double figures (9.8 points, 9.5 rebounds), along with 2.8 blocks per game. Yet it’s been Brook Lopez that has provided some much-needed stability for the Bucks upon his arrival, just when the Bucks needed it as well.

The fact that Lopez initially came through Milwaukee on an incredibly valuable contract, a one-year deal worth $3.4 million, only enhanced what served as the biggest personnel change that helped spur on their 60-win season just a year ago.

Thanks to his ability to stretch the floor to fortify the Bucks’ five-out offense, Lopez took his mid-career reinvention as a seven-foot sharpshooter to new heights throughout his first year in Milwaukee. Hitting a career-high 36.5 percent from three in 2018-19, Lopez sank the third-highest amount of triples (187) by a Bucks for an individual season, which stands behind Ray Allen.

And despite having a reputation as a slow-footed defender throughout his career, Lopez’s transformation into one of the league’s premier shot blockers has made his career revolution that much more valuable on both ends of the floor.

Last summer saw Lopez extend his stay in the Cream City by signing a four-year, $52 million contract and having the center position locked up long-term with someone who fits the Bucks’ system as exceptionally well as Lopez does will do wonders for the team moving forward.

In his 142 appearances in a Bucks uniform, Lopez has averaged 11.8 points on .441/.340/.827 shooting splits, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.4 assists over 27.8 minutes per game.