#2) Caris LeVert: 3-point marksman
At this point, nothing is really going to surprise Nets fans. It’s been that type of season. But in a good, I guess moderately shocking turn of events, Caris LeVert has turned into an elite three-point shooter over these past five weeks.
What’s more impressive is that he’s shooting lights out (40+ percent since February) by creating for himself. Only 49.2 percent of his three-point makes this season have come via an assist. Which means, he’s using his dribble to find space, pulling up in transition, or using deceiving footwork like a jab step to create enough room to launch—and it’s working.
In fact, LeVert is shooting 44.4 percent on 3.9 pull-up perimeter jump shots per game since February 1, which is a team-high in that timeframe.
On Sunday afternoon against the Bulls, LeVert went four-of-six from distance. For the season, he shooting a career-high in both attempts (4.7) and three-point percentage (37.1 percent). If he can carry over this newfound marksmanship into the following season, his fit alongside Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving has that much more allure to it.
Over his last 16 contests, he’s shooting an average of 6.4 three-point field goals a game. With a rather apparent green light from distance, don’t expect that to change. Let’s just hope his efficiency maintains with this increased volume.