Caris LeVert

27-Year-Old GuardG
2021 Fantasy Outlook
LeVert spent 12 games with the Nets before being dealt to the Pacers in January as part of the four-team James Harden deal. However, upon going to Indiana, his physical revealed a left kidney carcinoma. He underwent surgery to address the mass and was able to return in March. He proceeded to appear in 35 games for his new team and averaged 20.7 points, 4.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 32.9 minutes. Putting aside the missed games, LeVert's 2020-21 campaign was the best of his career, as he ranked 55th in fantasy in per-game production -- his third straight season improving his fantasy value. Heading into 2021-22, LeVert should remain the Pacers' starting shooting guard and will be one of the highest-usage players on the team alongside Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon. However, before selecting LeVert as high as the fourth or fifth round, fantasy managers should consider his extensive injury history (not including the kidney carcinoma). Injuries were much of the reason LeVert slipped to 20th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft, and he's appeared in more than 57 games just once in his career. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $52.5 million contract extension with the Nets in August of 2019. Traded to the Pacers in January of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Caris Coleman LeVert was born in 1994 in Columbus, Ohio. He is the son of Kim LeVert and has a brother, Daryl. He played his high school ball at nearby Pickerington Central. As a senior, LeVert led Pickerington Central to a 26-2 record and the 2012 OHSAA Division I state championship. Growing up, LeVert played football and tennis in addition to basketball. He enjoys vacationing in Miami and is a big Usain Bolt fan. His favorite NBA superstar is Allen Iverson. Follow the skillful wing on both Twitter and Instagram @CarisLeVert. Caris LeVert played four seasons (2012-2016) of college basketball at the University of Michigan. LeVert had plenty of success while in Ann Arbor. He was slated to take a redshirt in 2012-13, but coach Jon Beilein decided the true freshman could be a valuable bench player. LeVert appeared in 33 games and made one start for a squad that would advance to the National Championship game. The 6-7 guard moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and helped the Wolverines into the Elite Eight. He scored 20 points or more seven times in what would be his only full season as a starter for Michigan. After the campaign, LeVert had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. Over the next two seasons, the wing would be limited to a combined 33 games due to injuries. As a junior in 2014-15, LeVert scored a college career-high 32 points in a Dec. 6 win over NJIT. But he would miss 14 games due to a left foot injury. LeVert would miss another 21 games during his senior season, once again due to a left foot injury. His abbreviated senior season was highlighted by a triple-double in a December win over Northern Kentucky. LeVert was just the fourth Michigan player to achieve the feat. On Dec. 30, he recorded a season-high 10 assists at Illinois. He only appeared briefly in one game in 2016. LeVert finished his collegiate career with 98 wins, just six wins away from the all-time Michigan record.

Playing with minute restriction
GIndiana Pacers
November 24, 2021
LeVert will play against the Lakers on Wednesday night but will be on a minute restriction, Tony East of the West Indianapolis Community News reports.
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The wing popped up as questionable for Wednesday's contest, as he is dealing with a back injury. However, LeVert will be available but on a minute restriction. The restriction hampers the 27-year-old's fantasy value, as Kelan Martin and Jeremy Lamb emerge as candidates to see additional opportunities Wednesday night.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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LeVert had a mini-breakout last season, though injuries remained an issue, and he appeared in just 45 games (31 starts). The versatile Michigan product averaged career highs nearly across the board, posting 18.7 points, 4.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 29.6 minutes. He was notably the Nets' leader in seeding play during the bubble, averaging 25.0 points, 6.7 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 combined steals-plus-blocks in 33.1 minutes. The 26-year-old's development is encouraging, but he will probably be taking more of a backseat role this season. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are both entering the season healthy, which will likely limit LeVert's usage, especially with Spencer Dinwiddie still on the team. Taking that into account, plus LeVert's injury history, he shouldn't be viewed as more than a late-round flier in most fantasy leagues.
The 2018-19 season was shaping up as a breakout campaign for LeVert early on. The talented 2016 first-round pick was often leading the charge for a Nets team that had the look of a team that was capable of exceeding expectations early, but disaster struck in the form of a right foot dislocation against the Timberwolves on Nov. 12. The versatile wing was back in action by Feb. 8 after missing 42 games, but it naturally took some time for LeVert to look like himself again and reclaim something resembling starter's minutes. LeVert played 30 minutes or fewer in the first 15 games subsequent to his return, scoring no more than 18 points and posting six single-digit tallies along with one scoreless effort over that span. However, the 24-year-old picked up the pace significantly over the last three weeks of the regular campaign and through the postseason, averaging 15.7 points (on 46.4 percent shooting, including 40.0 percent from three-point range), 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds over his last 16 contests, including the five playoff games against the 76ers. Now having had a full offseason to further regain strength in his foot, LeVert could be set up for that career-changing season, albeit one year later. D'Angelo Russell's departure is heavily negated by the arrival of Kyrie Irving in terms of usage, but LeVert should be the second option in the offense alongside the prized offseason acquisition with Kevin Durant (Achilles) set to sit out the entire year. Improved efficiency figures to be key to LeVert maximizing his potential, as he's actually seen his shooting percentage drop in each of his first three seasons, bottoming out at last season's career-low 42.9.
After missing a chunk of his rookie season recovering from injury, the 2017-18 campaign marked LeVert's first year of playing a full schedule. While he missed a handful of contests here and there, LeVert still played in 71 games and became a prominent member of the regular rotation. The Nets brought in Allen Crabbe and DeMarre Carroll in trades prior to the season and despite the fact that those two ultimately held down the two starting spots on the wing ahead of LeVert, the second-year guard was still able to log 26.3 minutes per game after finishing with just 21.7 as a rookie. LeVert posted career highs across the board of 12.1 points, 4.2 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals. He still struggled a bit with his shot, however, and finished just 43.5 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from deep. He'll likely continue to work on honing in his shooting stroke, which could help improve his 1.2 three-pointers per contest. Looking ahead to the upcoming season, the Nets bring back a similar cast of players on the wing. Crabbe, Carroll and Joe Harris all return, though the Nets did part ways with Jeremy Lin. Considering LeVert's ability to play point guard, shooting guard and small forward, the plethora of bodies shouldn't impact his ability to see significant minutes once again and the Nets seem likely to focus on his development as one of the foundation pieces of the future. If LeVert stays healthy, he should be able to take yet another step forward in his development. However, with so many mouths to feed, he may struggle to make more than minor gains across the stat sheet, so Fantasy owners shouldn't expect a huge jump in production going into his third year.
Drafted with the 20th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, LeVert ended up missing the first 20 games of the season while working his way back from a fractured foot that he suffered in college at Michigan. Once cleared in December, LeVert slowly earned more and more playing time and eventually took over as a starter, spending 26 of the 57 games he played in with the top unit. After playing roughly 25 minutes a night over the final month and half of the season, LeVert finished with a season average of 8.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists across 21.7 minutes. His three-point production improved as the year went on, but he only shot 32.1 percent from deep for the entire campaign, so that certainly needs some work in order to draw defenses out to the perimeter. He also shot just 72 percent from the free-throw line, which hurts his value in rotisserie leagues. Looking ahead to the upcoming season, the Nets brought in both Allen Crabbe and DeMarre Carroll in trades this offseason. That complicates LeVert's path to playing time and could knock him back into a reserve role. The upside on LeVert remains high and the Nets will likely try and get him as much playing time as possible to aid in that development, but the additions of Crabbe and Carroll, as well as D'Angelo Russell, will likely limit LeVert's ability to make a tangible leap as a sophomore.
The Nets made LeVert the No. 20 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, using the pick acquired from Indiana in the Thaddeus Young trade. While LeVert's talent is undeniable, he comes with significant health concerns after missing 35 games over the last two years due to recurring left foot injuries. That were enough to scare some teams away, but the Nets are reportedly confident that LeVert's foot issues are in the past, and he seems to be progressing toward availability for the start of the season. At 6-foot-7 with above-average athleticism and ball-handling ability, LeVert could play up to three positions next season, but shooting guard is probably his most natural fit. Brooklyn isn't exactly loaded at any backcourt position, though LeVert will have plenty of competition for minutes off the bench in the form of Sean Kilpatrick, veteran Randy Foye and fellow rookie Isaiah Whitehead. LeVert's versatility, as well as the Nets' first-round investment in him, could ultimately provide an advantage, but 2016-17 is likely to be more of a developmental year than anything else.
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Dealing with sore back
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November 23, 2021
LeVert (back) is questionable for Wednesday's contest against the Lakers.
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Starters' minutes decreased
GIndiana Pacers
November 21, 2021
LeVert has seen just 35 minutes across the past two games, and he's totaled 11 points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal.
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Struggles with shot Monday
GIndiana Pacers
November 16, 2021
LeVert posted 17 points (5-14 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 7-7 FT), three rebounds, three assists and two steals across 31 minutes during Monday's 92-84 loss to New York.
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Good to go vs. 76ers
GIndiana Pacers
November 13, 2021
LeVert (back) is available for Saturday's matchup against the Pacers. He is unlikely to play minutes in the "deep 30s."
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Officially questionable Saturday
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November 12, 2021
LeVert (back) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Jazz.
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