Brook Lopez probably knows everything about Superman comics, but pleads mostly ignorance about the Nets' interest in the NBA's Superman.

The Nets hope to make some big upgrades, and they don't get much bigger than Dwight Howard. If the Nets can unite Deron Williams and Howard, they could be perennial contenders. But Lopez, who would be in the middle of any deal for Howard, is confident he can take the Nets where they want to go.

"I think I can," Lopez said. "I believe I can. I hope they see the same thing."

The Nets have seen Lopez get better from the start of the season. He led the Nets with 35 points and 11 rebounds in Sunday's 99-92 loss to the Raptors. But there are questions about whether Lopez can improve or change his DNA enough to be the player the Nets (24-56) need to get them to the next level.

Lopez, 23, is durable - he's the only Net to start every game this season - and averages a team-high 20.3 points. He led the Nets back from 21 down Sunday and helped them draw within four in the fourth. Until recently, though, Lopez often has disappeared after halftime.

He also doesn't make enough of an impact on the boards or defensively. This was just his 10th double-digit rebounding game of the season. Howard has 64 double-doubles and is a defensive force.