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There’s no doubt that Brook Lopez should be representing the Brooklyn Nets in this year’s All-Star Game.

He’s been one of the league’s most improved players and has put up All-Star worthy stats.

With Rajon Rondo’s injury, the Eastern Conference has a roster spot open. Though the Nets have a few worthy candidates including Deron Williams and Joe Johnson, Lopez is the guy for that spot.

The fans serenaded Lopez with “All-Star” chants throughout Monday night’s win over the Magic. Lopez said he heard the chants and was thankful for the fan support.

But right now, he’s only focused on winning basketball games. However, if he does get the call, he said it would still be significant even though it would be as a replacement.

“An All-Star bid’s an All-Star bid,” Lopez said. “So it still would be an honor. That being said, I know there’s a lot of deserving guys who didn’t get their names called, and we’ll see what happens. I’m not really going to be paying attention to that. I’m focused on helping this team win.”

Though Williams will get some consideration since the vacated roster spot is that of a guard, he said that Lopez is totally deserving.

“Definitely he’s an All-Star this year,” Williams said. “It’s just unfortunate because everyone that’s on the team deserves to be on the team. But now there’s a spot so there’s still a chance that he can get in.”

P.J. Carlesimo said he hopes his guys get consideration for the final spot but that in the end it is Commissioner David Stern’s call.

“Obviously, I don’t want to be the one to pick,” Carlesimo said. “I don’t know what the commissioner is going to do.”

Lopez is the obvious choice and will hopefully get the nod. But the Nets right now have bigger things to worry about than the rather meaningless All-Star Game.

“I’m not really thinking about it honestly,” Lopez said. “I was getting ready for this game, and we got Miami coming in in two days. So that’s definitely the main thing.”

Jim Mancari is a Contributor to Follow him on Twitter @JMMancari.

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