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Caris LeVert impressing coachs and teammates
8 months ago  ::  Sep 30, 2018 - 11:12PM #1
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The undisputed star of training camp for the Brooklyn Nets was third-year wing Caris LeVert, who has improved markedly even as his name circulates in rumors.

The trade rumors have swirled around Caris LeVert on a regular basis, but the versatile wing for the Brooklyn Nets has just worked on his game and showed a great willingness to take on tasks as asked to perform them.

A prime example of that trait happened last season. With point guards Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell on the shelf, LeVert was tasked with manning the 1 spot in relief of Spencer Dinwiddie and did so well enough that he’s considered a solid insurance policy entering this season.

Russell is healthy, Dinwiddie is back and the Nets added Shabazz Napier in free agency, but LeVert averaged 4,2 assists in 26.3 minutes per game last season and did a decent job caring for the rock as well, considering his inexperience in the role.

LeVert played in 71 games last season, starting 10, and his numbers were solid, averaging 12.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals, as well, on .435/.347/.711.

It’s worth pointing out that it was the first season LeVert was fully healthy since 2013-14, when he was a sophomore at the University of Michigan and helped the Wolverines to the Elite Eight before they fell to Kentucky.

As a junior, LeVert missed half the season with a fractured left foot, an injury that also wiped out much of his senior season and one that required three surgical procedures in less than two years.

LeVert was one of the first players acquired by general manager Sean Marks after he took over the job in February 2016. He acquired the rights to the 20th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft from the Indiana Pacers in July 2016 in exchange for power forward Thaddeus Young.

That makes LeVert, at least indirectly, the last player standing from the ill-fated 2013 trade with the Boston Celtics that cost them three first-round picks (either outright or via position swaps) and brought in Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce for a failed run at title contention.

Garnett was traded to Minnesota in 2015 for Young, who was used to acquire LeVert.

The Nets conducted their training camp last week in Brooklyn and LeVert was the undisputed standout of the sessions.

Coach Kenny Atkinson certainly didn’t hold back, per

    “He’s been fantastic, quite honestly. I’m going to call it like it is.”

Teammates have also raved about LeVert. Already a solid isolation scorer, LeVert has kicked things to a new level this fall, with one teammate telling The Athletic’s Michael Scotto that LeVert is scoring pretty much whenever he wants to.

    Story: Caris LeVert has been the talk of Nets training camp. His teammates explain why he's poised for a breakout season
8 months ago  ::  Oct 01, 2018 - 2:02PM #2
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Not sure how the rotation will be since Dinwiddie and Crabbe are still on the team, but I hope that CLV gets the playing time he needs to further showcase his talents. He could be the Nets lightning in the bottle, per se.

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