2. LeVert shows he can score against a championship defense
Caris LeVert is making a very strong case for Most Improved Player very early in the season. He has transformed his offensive game, molding it with a deadly 3-point shot and a much-improved ability to get to the basket.
Early on he had gotten a number of quick 3s that gave the Nets the early lead on the champion Warriors. Against a top-three ranked defensive team, LeVert had a very efficient game. He made 9-of-18 from the field with a solid 4-for-7 from 3.
He has also showed that he is a much-improved passer, averaging four assists per game this season and finishing Sunday night with seven.
One aspect to his game that has improved unbelievably is his footwork and ability to create space. The smoothness and his what seems to be effortless ability to find his way into the paint have made the LeVert-Russell duo hard to guard.
Their ability to switch it up on defenses have kept opposing teams on their toes. The Nets have found themselves a bona fide 20-point first-option in LeVert. Hopefully his ability to score and open up the offense for the team leads to some meaningful play late into the season.