We are one month into the NBA season and Milwaukee Bucks look poised for a deep playoff run. The beginning of the season looked tough for the Bucks initially as injuries to Khris Middleton and Pat Connaughton left them shorthanded. However, the Bucks have come out strong and currently sit at No. 2 in the Eastern Conference. This is because many players have stepped up their game. One Bucks player stepped up his game. Brook Lopez, is currently among stat leaders as one of the NBA’s most efficient scorers.
Bucks Lopez Sits Among The Most Efficient Scorers
The NBA's five most efficient post scorers through one month of this season:
1. Brook Lopez (1.42 points per post-up)
2. Christian Wood (1.27 ppp)
3. Luka Doncic (1.26 ppp)
4. Nikola Jokic (1.2 ppp)
5. Kevin Durant (1.19 ppp)
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) November 19, 2022
In the post, Brook Lopez is leading the NBA in scoring efficiency and it isn’t close. His 1.42 points per post-up lead Christian Wood (1.27) by a fairly wide margin. He is outpacing the likes of former MVPs Nikola Jokic and Kevin Durant as well. While many have focused on the improved Brook Lopez three-point shooting stats, his post-game is as good as ever. The Bucks have relied heavily on him and he has delivered.
Brook Lopez Stats Indicate All-Around Great Season
Lopez’s post-scoring has certainly not been the only impressive part of his game this year. The Brook Lopez stats indicate the center is averaging 16.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. His three-point scoring has improved as he makes about 2.5 threes per game this season. His defense has been astounding as he is averaging 2.6 blocks and just under one steal per game. This is easily best Brook Lopez stats we’ve seen since he came to Milwaukee. While many would expect some regression in his game, if he can keep playing at a high level, it will open up opportunities for Giannis, Middleton and Jrue Holiday.
Not many people predicted this type of season for Brook Lopez or the stats he is producing. While people thought he would be an important player, no one expected this level of production. Hopefully, he will be able to keep it up as the Bucks wait for players to come back from injuries.