The Nets continue to chase after a perennial All-Star center, Dwight Howard, to play alongside Deron Williams, their perennial All-Star point guard. But what if the Nets already have one in the makings on their roster in Brook Lopez?

"Brook could be a perennial All-Star if he puts his mind to it," Williams told reporters Monday.

Lopez, still just 23, has steadily increased his scoring average in each of his first three years in the league, and finished last season as the Nets' leading scorer at 20.4 points per game. Toward the end of last season, the 7-footer from Stanford showed he has the potential to do even more, averaging 25.8 points in eight games in April to end the season. But in order for him to develop into an elite player, it's the rest of his game that needs to improve.