Brooklyn Nets: Breaking down the guard situation

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: D'Angelo Russell
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 21: D'Angelo Russell /
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Caris LeVert

Caris LeVert is one of the key pieces to Brooklyn’s bright future. Last season LeVert averaged 12.1 points and 4.2 assists per game, all while shooting over 43 percent from the field.

LeVert did miss 11 games last season, but the good news is that he didn’t go into the offseason with any lingering issues. Aside from that, LeVert showed last season that he has the ability to score from anywhere on the court.

His length allows him to shoot over smaller defenders as well as get to certain spots on the floor. On the defensive end, you saw that length, as he had just about a steal per game as well as an increase in his blocks. Caris has the tools to be a legitimate 15-16 point scorer.

Although listed as a shooting guard, LeVert stands at 6-foot-7 with a 7-foot wingspan. This being said, his role next season may be playing more on the wing. With the backcourt as crowded as it is, there would be more opportunity for minutes playing small forward.

Last season Atkinson did use smaller lineups at times for more firepower on the offensive end so LeVert wouldn’t be totally out of his element. A lineup could easily consist of LeVert, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Jarrett Allen, Dinwiddie and Russell.