COMMENTARY | At 3-8, it's obvious that this isn't the start Jason Kidd and the Brooklyn Nets envisioned during the offseason when the franchise acquired Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry from the Boston Celtics.
Despite an impressive win against the defending champion Miami Heat, the Nets have now dropped three straight and are losing to squads that were projected to be far superior, like the Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, Washington Wizards and Charlotte Bobcats.
While it's been an never-ending disappointment watching Brooklyn stink it up this season, much like I predicted, it's been an absolute treat to watch Brook Lopez get it done so far this season as the MVP of the Nets up to this point.
The 7-footer has missed three games this season due to an ankle injury, but he's been a force on the court when healthy.
Take a look at his statistics this season and where they rank on the Nets:
Points: 20.5 (No. 1)
Field Goal Percentage: .574 (No. 2)
Rebounds: 6.5 (No. 2)
Blocks: 2.75 (No. 1)
Player Efficiency Rating: 27.8 (No. 1)
What makes Lopez so effective is his ability to knock down outside jumpers, as you can see in this shot chart from NBA.com. To go with a nice mid-range game, Lopez is deadly off of the pick-and-roll, especially when Deron Williams is the one dishing it.
To go with a smooth offensive game, Lopez plays some pretty solid defense and doesn't make it easy for opponents to get to the rim, as evident by his block numbers.
If Brooklyn starts to pick up some wins, Lopez could be thought of as a legitimate MVP contender for the league. ESPN's Israel Gutierrez agrees, as he donned Lopez his early surprise MVP candidate.
Unfortunately, that's looking like a big if right now, as the Nets rank 22nd in the league in points allowed.
Pete Schauer is a Digital Media Specialist at SEMGeeks.com and covers the Brooklyn Nets, New York Giants and New York Yankees as a Yahoo Sports contributor. You can follow him on Twitter @Pete_Schauer and find him on Google+.
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