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Caris Levert Is A Problem, And Now A Well Paid One
Caris Levert was always underrated. From his modest start as an Ohio University commit to his days killing dudes in the NBA, Levert never got much of the spotlight.
But now, it seems like Levert is finally getting his due. Well, even if he isn’t, he’s getting a hell of a lot of money.
Levert resigned this week for 3 years and 52.5 million dollars, ending what could easily be the best offseason in Brooklyn Nets history. Levert will now join Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Taurean Prince, and DeAndre Jordan on the list of players who signed new contracts with Brooklyn in 2019.
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Caris Levert 2018-2019 Stats
The 3rd year wing out of Michigan made a good case for himself during the 2018-2019 season. He averaged almost 14 PPG, primarily off the bench, and shot about 43% from the field. He also played through a gruesome injury, suffering subtalar dislocation of the right foot during a 120-113 loss vs. the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Levert brought an energy off the bench for the Nets that was unmatched last year. His shooting, although streaky at times, gave the Nets another offensive option to work with in the second unit. His explosiveness and athleticism are where Levert really made his money. His driving ability and elite finishing made Levert a serious threat for any big man last season.
But is this pay fair? I say absolutely.
Levert will serve in a scoring roll alongside ball dominant Kyrie Irving and pure shooter Joe Harris, most likely playing the position that Kevin Durant is slated to play upon return from injury. By locking up Levert, they’ve scored a guy who can get them buckets and a stronger case for a deep playoff run, who will serve as a nice backup for Durant on his return.
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