Brooklyn Nets: Caris LeVert’s Injury an Unfortunate Déjà vu
The Brooklyn Nets are going to be without one of their cornerstone pieces in Caris LeVert for an extended period. Thursday afternoon it was reported that LeVert had surgery to repair a ligament in his thumb and will be out 4-6 weeks. It feels like this is something that is becoming a trend with the young guard. And for a fan base that finally has lofty expectations for their team, the news on Caris feels like a “Here we go again” situation.
The net selected Caris LeVert with the 20th pick in the draft. For the skill set LeVert possesses that seems like Brooklyn got a steal. However, there’s a reason why he dropped so far in the draft. LeVert, out of Michigan, could have been a lottery pick if it wasn’t for his injury in college. He has had 3 surgeries on his left foot. A few of which have been for fractures. His rookie year he only played in 57 games and the next year he played in 71.
Last season was supposed to be the breakout year for LeVert. And for the first 13 games that seemed to be the case. He was averaging 19ppg, 4.2 rbg, and 3.6apg before going down with one of the more gruesome basketball injuries in recent memory. LeVert for the first few weeks of the 2018-2019 season was the Nets’ best player. He was the heart and soul of the team and was the guy Kenny Atkinson was calling on late to get them a bucket. He had two game-winners in the final seconds against the Knicks and Nuggets. LeVert’s injury thus opened the door for D’Angelo Russell to go on and have an All-star year for the squad. Even when LeVert returned during the latter stages of the season it was clear it was Russell’s team.
Upon returning LeVert did struggle as to be expected. However, he once again showed that All-star potential during the first round of the playoffs against the Sixers. A series in which he led the Nets in scoring with 21ppg.
This past summer the Nets had a pretty entertaining offseason. In any regard, the expectations for LeVert were practically the same as they were entering last season. With how LeVert played in the playoffs Nets fans and NBA fans expected Caris to make that next step to All-star. And just like last season, LeVert appeared to be doing just that. In Brooklyn’s first nine games this season LeVert averaged 16.8ppg, 5 rbg, and 4apg.
But like a pesky mosquito in the summer, the injury bug has found LeVert yet again at eerily the same time as the injury one year ago. LeVert suffered the injury last year on November 12 and this year LeVert’s thumb injury happened just a few days prior.
Last season players like D’Angelo Russell and Spencer Dinwiddie stepped up in LeVert’s absence. This season the Nets still have Dinwiddie but also have Kyrie Irving and a slew of talent that should be able to pick up the slack. LeVert just signed a three-year $52.5M extension this summer. The one silver lining is that this injury is something that is just a freak accident. The Nets would have more concern if it was a lower leg injury again which he’s had an extensive history with.
In saying that, it has become an unfortunate trend for LeVert in terms of missing games. For a player that the Nets have made such an investment in, the hope is that this will be the last time Nets fans see LeVert on the injury report for a long time.
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