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Nets’ Caris Levert expected to return vs. Raptors

Caris LeVert, Nets

The Brooklyn Nets got some positive development on Thursday relating to guard Caris LeVert.

Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, LeVert will reportedly return to the lineup this Saturday. Levert will do so against the defending champion Toronto Raptors after missing seven weeks after thumb surgery.

The 25-year-old former Michigan Wolverine has battled injuries throughout his collegiate career. The injuries hurt his draft stock back in 2016 when he was traded to the Nets on draft day.

He has shown improvements each season in his first three years in the pros, but injuries once again hindered him from playing to his full potential. Levert appeared prime for stardom in the 2018-19 season before a freak foot injury once again limited him to just 40 appearances.

He fully recovered from the subtalar dislocation of his right foot last November. However, he has been out for extended periods following a hard fall against the Phoenix Suns early in the season.

In nine games  this season, LeVert has tallied 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game while shooting 42.1 percent from the field and 36.1 from the three-point area.

Despite the injuries, Brooklyn has managed to remain competitive in the East with a 16-17 record. Their decent record is thanks in large part to the brilliant play of Spencer Dinwiddie.

Offseason acquisition Kevin Durant is not expected to return anytime this year. However, coach Kenny Atkinson’s roster is still deep enough to make a playoff run.