Division: NBA, CBA
Position: Shooting Guard
College: St. John's
Highschool: Rice (New York)
Hometown: New York
He starred in United States high school and university basketball. López then played for four seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), but with far less success. He has since played for teams in a half dozen countries, as well as in the Continental Basketball Association (CBA) in the U.S. Most recently, he is a broadcaster with Spanish-language networks.
Felipe’s father, who played amateur baseball in the Dominican Republic, and his family immigrated to the U.S. when he was 14. López played high school basketball at famed Rice High School in New York City, where he would follow New York high school players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Lew Alcindor) and Kenny Anderson in becoming one of the most highly touted recruits in U.S. high school history. The 6’5″ guard made many All-American lists in 1994, earning Player of the Year honors fromGatorade, USA Today, Parade, and many others.
Lopez was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 24th pick in the 1998 NBA Draft and was immediately traded along with Carl Herrera, to the Vancouver Grizzlies for point guard Antonio Daniels. He played 112 games for the Grizzlies before being traded to the Washington Wizards along with Dennis Scott, Cherokee Parks, and Obinna Ekezie in exchange for free agent Isaac Austin on August 22, 2000. Lopez went on to sign as a free agent with both the Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks, although he never played a regular season game for the Mavs. He trained with the Orlando Magic andLos Angeles Clippers in the first months of the 2005-06 NBA season before signing a contract with Lleida.
He holds career NBA averages of 5.8 points, 2.4 rebounds and one assist per game.