Brook Lopez is healthy and playing much better than he did last season, which would explain why the Brooklyn Nets have enjoyed a great start.

We were wondering how the Nets would fare with their new-look lineup, but so far so good for Avery Johnson’s squad. Brooklyn will take a 6-2 record into Tuesday night’s encounter with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Brooklyn has won five straight and Lopez has been an important part of the streak. He’s averaging 18.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per contest during the streak, leading the Nets to two wins over Orlando and then victories over Cleveland, Boston and Sacramento too.

Lopez had a year to forget in 2011/12, as he played only five games and finished with averages of 19.2 points and a career-low 3.6 rebounds. He had struggled on the boards the previous year too (5.9 RPG), but it looks like he’s been making it a focus to get involved on the glass. It’s paying off for everyone involved.

As a seven-footer, Lopez has the size to continuously grab at least 10 rebounds a game, and it will simply be about being committed.

If he continues to be a force on the glass, the Nets are going to be a tough team to beat. They don’t even have a healthy Gerald Wallace at the moment, yet are still winning game after game. They’re cashing frequently in the public’s NBA picks and have exceeded expectations thus far.

We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves though. Brooklyn hasn’t exactly had the most difficult schedule out there so far, so we want to see how they do against some elite competition before making some outlandish statements. Nets fans have to be pretty darn happy about what they’ve seen so far out of Lopez and company though.