Caris LeVert, a 22-year-old swingman from the University of Michigan, made his NBA debut last Wednesday against the Denver Nuggets. Despite only making one shot in his first two career games, LeVert showed several promising attributes on the court.
Despite not playing in his first career game that he was eligible, Caris LeVert saw in action in a Brooklyn Nets victory against the Nuggets and a blowout loss to the Spurs. All eyes were on the Michigan product as he bolted around the court, making things happen on offense and defense. He attempted four shots and nabbed three steals in 24 minutes of court time up to this point.
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The former Ohio native had an injury-riddled four-year career in Ann Arbor. Fighting through a variety of foot injuries, LeVert was still able to consistently improve over the course of his college career.
He went from coming off the bench while averaging 2.3 points a contest his freshman year, to putting up 16.5 points per game his senior season. This great jump was made even as LeVert was undergoing a number of surgeries, showing that he was still able to come back better then ever even after sustaining major setbacks. His physical tools and length still remained prominent through the tribulations LeVert suffered with the Wolverines.
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After a draft day trade, the Nets acquired a first-round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. By trading for the 20th pick, Sean Marks and company selected LeVert, despite him being slotted to go in second round.
LeVert spent most of the summer and the early part of the 2016-17 NBA season rehabbing. After getting little word on his progress, the Nets stated around Thanksgiving that he was a few weeks away from seeing action. This all led up to his season debut in two games this past week.
With a solid showing in two career NBA games under his belt, here are two reasons why LeVert will succeed in the pros for multiple seasons.