LeVert learned plenty in Year One with Nets
Brooklyn’s First-Round Pick Makes Huge Strides in Debut Campaign
Most talent evaluators couldn’t get past the fact that Caris LeVert had endured three separate surgical procedures on his left foot in less than a year leading up to the NBA Draft.
To Nets general manager Sean Marks and incoming first-year head coach Kenny Atkinson, the then-21-year-old swing man out of the University of Michigan was exactly what they were looking for, despite the fact that he wouldn’t be ready to suit up for Brooklyn until a month and a half into the regular season.
“I go back to the draft interview when Kenny and I sat and interviewed Caris and we left the interview and said, ‘That’s a Brooklyn Net right there,’” Marks recalled recently on the team’s web site.
“Honestly, it was that simple,” he added of the Nets’ first-round pick (20th) overall in last June’s draft.