Many fans were surprised when the Milwaukee Bucks inked Robin Lopez to a one-year deal in the first few days of 2023 NBA Free Agency.
While it’s not a game-changing move, it makes sense. Behind Brook Lopez and Bobby Portis, it’s wise for the team to add another big man for depth purposes. It’s certainly a reasonable move if it helped the Bucks retain Brook Lopez, Robin’s twin, as well. Robin isn’t expected to play a ton next season, but here is a prediction of his stat line for the 2023-24 NBA season.
Predicting Robin Lopez’s 2023-24 stat line for the Milwaukee Bucks
2023-24 Prediction: 3.4 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.5 blocks while shooting 53.4 percent from the floor, 25 percent from 3-point range, and 73.6 percent from the free throw line in 8.4 minutes per game.
Barring an injury, Lopez won’t be on the court much. He’ll serve as an insurance policy for the other centers that were previously mentioned. 8.4 minutes per contest would be the second-fewest of his NBA career, trailing only last season. Lopez could see occasional minutes, but he’s mainly there for depth and to be a great locker room spark. He’ll certainly bring some energy to the group.
When he is on the court, Robin Lopez will be tasked with protecting the interior while also hauling in boards and scoring close to the hoop on a small scale. Even at 35 years old, he can do that in an appropriate role when called upon at this stage of his career. If the other Lopez or Portis needs off, Robin could fill in at the center position momentarily.
Ultimately, this is a fine move. Lopez isn’t eating a huge chunk of the payroll, and it will be nice to have a backup on the roster from the jump next season, unlike in 2021-22, when the Bucks were forced to cycle through countless names like DeMarcus Cousins, Luke Kornet, and Serge Ibaka when Brook Lopez went down after a back procedure.
Robin is a seasoned veteran who has plenty of experience and chemistry with several players in this group from his first stint with the Bucks in 2019-20.
Stay tuned for more Milwaukee Bucks analysis and stat line predictions this NBA off-season.