Today I am going to be talking about a player who is under many people’s radar right now. He is a dynamic scorer with much potential to become an elite NBA player.
His name is Caris LeVert.
In his freshman year with the Wolverines, he did not play much. He only averaged 2.3 points per game in under 10 minutes of play, but LeVert had sparks of brilliance where he scored almost 10 points multiple times. The Wolverines advanced to the finals but lost to Louisville.
In the year after, LeVert was starting to make a name for himself. He averaged 12.9 points per game in 34 minutes per game. After Michigan lost to Kentucky in the Elite Eight, LeVert underwent surgery on his foot due to a stress fracture.
In his junior year, LeVert was named Co-Captain and was averaging 14.9 points in almost 36 minutes of playing time per game. Unfortunately, he reinjured his foot and was out for the season.
In his final year with Michigan, LeVert was balling. He put up a career-high of 18 points against Northern Michigan. He kept playing well and even posted a triple-double against Northern Kentucky. Then it happened again.
LeVert suffered a leg injury. This injury sidelined him for the rest of the year. His draft stock was slipping and he was unsure about his future in the NBA.
Even with all his injuries, LeVert was selected in the first round with the 20th pick, by the Indiana Pacers. He was then traded to the Nets for Thaddeus Young in July. He did not play until December, but he still was able to make the all-rookie team.
In his second season, he was rising on the depth chart. He averaged 12.1 points per game in 26.3 minutes.
Next season, LeVert was ready to play. He tied his career-high of 27 points in his first game that season against the Pistons. His career was going great until he got injured again.
This time, he dislocated his right foot and he was out for the season.
Many people had doubts about him or how he will play, but as he did before, he came back and proved everyone wrong next season.
This season LeVert was on a different level. Right before the season was suspended, LeVert had an incredible game where he dropped 51 points against the Celtics, and then two days later, he had another incredible game where he posted his first career NBA triple-double.
With this much resilience and talent, I think it is only a matter of time until LeVert becomes a household name in the NBA. As long as the Nets can work with him and keep him healthy, I expect him to become an elite NBA player.
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