The Brooklyn Nets are going to have a welcomed dilemma on their hands when they set out to establish Caris LeVert’s role alongside a healthy Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving next season. LeVert has struggled with injuries throughout his four years in the league but has otherwise tantalized when given the opportunity.
Such an opportunity came during Irving’s absence in the first chunk of the 2019-20 campaign. In five March games before the shutdown, LeVert had averaged 27, 6 and 6 and while that may be buffed by a 51-points March 3 outing, we may see similarly impressive command of the squad in Orlando.
Don’t sleep on guard Chris Chiozza either, the point guard saw his workload double in March and averaged 10 points per game during that period (up from 2.1 previously). Now with Spencer Dinwiddie sidelined, too, he’ll get even more of an opportunity to show what he’s made of.
Jarrett Allen saw a reduced role in March (21.2 minutes per game, down from 26.1) but with so many absences in Brooklyn’s frontcourt, it’s hard to imagine his opportunities won’t ramp back up again.
SLAM’s Heat Check series compares each individual player’s personal production in the month of March with their production prior. The goal is to get a sense of the direction in which players were trending when the league stood still. For a more in-depth description, check out our Heat Check (Hiatus Edition) introduction.
Brooklyn Nets Heat Check