Brooklyn Nets: Expect big things from Caris LeVert in year two

Jan 28, 2017; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) dribbles in the third quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins (22) at Target Center. The Timberwolves beat the Nets 129-109. Mandatory Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

After a great rookie season and recent commitment to improvement, the expectations for Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert are miles high for this upcoming season – and rightfully so.

The NBA season is officially over, and today, all teams can technically “start fresh.” This mentality can provide excitement to some teams, but to others, not so much.

After more than two seasons of mediocrity, the Nets relate more to the latter. However, if there’s at least one thing the Nets CAN be excited about, it’s Caris LeVert.

Coming off an impressive rookie campaign, LeVert is primed to leap in his second season. While expectations may be high, it is nothing LeVert can’t live up to.

In his first year, the 22-year old guard averaged eight points, three rebounds, and a steal in 21.7 minutes per game all while shooting 45 percent from the floor. As mentioned before, LeVert ranked among the top 10 rookies in all of those categories. The only other rookie who also did that was Joel Embiid.

Perhaps what’s most notable about this is that LeVert is well-rounded. He’s proven that he can make an impact in multiple facets of the game, and that’s valuable for any team. It’s impossible to not have high expectations for such a versatile young player like LeVert. Plus, his game can only improve with more experience.

Another thing that can help LeVert improve is hard work –  a topic he is quite obviously not shy about. Just last week, LeVert penned a letter titled “My Summer Grind,” in which he passionately explains his dedication to improvement during this offseason. This letter created a buzz around the Nets community, as his spirited writing energized fans.

There’s no doubt that LeVert wants it.

Regardless of what happens this offseason, the Nets will have at least one thing to be excited about this fall.