Basketball & Race

What are Brook Lopez’s and Robin Lopez’s race and ethnic background?

Ever since they were teammates at Stanford, twin brothers Brook and Robin Lopez have been intriguing fans with their on-court skills and off-court quirkiness. Both twin brothers stand seven feet tall, play center, and are still active NBA players today.

Brook was selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft and Robin with the 15th pick, the first time the brothers have played on separate teams.

A common question that many wonder about the brothers are what race are Brook and Robin Lopez? Are they really twin brothers? (Yes.) Depending on Robin’s hair, they can look quite different? Since they haven’t played with one another, the two are no longer tied together as they did earlier in their careers. So, how old are the Lopez brothers and are either married or have significant others?

In any case, let’s start out by looking at Robin and Brook’s basketball careers in the NBA thus far.

Brook Lopez’s Basketball Career

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Brook Lopez currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers. He was originally picked in the 2008 NBA Draft by the New Jersey (not yet Brooklyn) Nets after playing two years of college basketball for the Stanford Cardinal. In nine years of service, Brook developed his NBA game and offensive repertoire. He showed so much promise that in 2012, he was once rumored to be traded for Dwight Howard when Howard was trying to leave Orlando.

That never materialized and Brook toiled at the pivot for the Nets for the next several seasons where he was honored with his first NBA All Star team in 2013. Brook was traded to the Lakers for the 2017-18 season for D’Angelo Russell.

Brook Lopez has career averages of 18.6 ppg, 7.1 rbg, 1.7 blocks per game, and 1.5 assists per game.

Robin Lopez’s Basketball Career

Robin Lopez started out his NBA career with the Phoenix Suns after being picked a few spots behind his brother in the 2008 NBA Draft at #15. In contrast to Brook’s career, Robin took time to finding his NBA niche. Robin would average 10-19 minutes; playing smaller roles off the bench his first few seasons.

In 2012, Robin was traded to the New Orleans Hornets, but it wasn’t until he joined the Portland Trailblazers teaming with up-and-coming backcourt Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum in 2013, where he strengths developed for all to see. For two seasons, he started for the Blazers, powering their interior defense and adding extra possessions with offensive rebounds.

Robin would go to the New York Knicks during the 2015-16 season before finally settling in with the Chicago Bulls from 2016 until today. Robin’s career averages are 8.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.3 blocks per game, and less than one assist per game.

Important to Discuss Race, Culture, and Basketball?

If there’s one major difference between Robin and his brother Brook on the court, it’s where their strengths are. With a reliable outside game and post up moves, Brook is no doubt more of an offensive player while Robin is more advanced on the defensive side in terms of his physicality and rebounding.

Off the court? They’re twins, so it’s not nearly as easy to differentiate them as with non-identical siblings.

On top of that, the topic of race has risen to the forefront in the United States over the past several years. Although it still feels a bit strange to many people when the topic comes up, it does help to improve understanding when it comes to ethnic and cultural backgrounds by discussing race, equality, and more.

At Interbasket, we have always encouraged a positive discussion on all matters related to basketball, community, and more, and we believe that by discussing the background of our stars, we can only improve the overall understanding of everyone when it comes to race. If you have anything that you think can help with the dialogue, please feel free to share in the comments section below or on our forum.

Who Are Brook and Robin Lopez’s Mother and Father?

When it comes to discussions around race, identifying the biological parents’ background will usually give us the information we need. Brook and Robin Lopez’s father is Heriberto Lopez who is Cuban.

Their brothers’ mother was born Deborah Ledford (before hyphenating in Lopez to her surname), and she is of German, English, and Scottish descent. On their maternal grandfather’s side are the Scottish and English background and the maternal grandmothers are where the German blood comes from for the twins.

So, What is Brook and Robin Lopez’s Race?

Depending on your personal views, you can label the Lopez twins Hispanic, Cuban, biracial, or multiracial based on the family background of both their mother and father. The current trend is to lean towards either multiracial or Hispanic, but we would definitely be interested in your personal views on the matter in the comments section or on our forum.

If you would like to check out some other racially-ambiguous players that we have profiled such as Stephen Curry, Ben SimmonsKlay Thompson as well as Brook’s current teammates Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Jordan Clarkson, you can get a better sense of the backgrounds of those players.

Those pieces always seem to be popular with the readers of Interbasket. If you would like to contribute more to the discussion, feel free to share in the comments section of this article or at our forum.

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