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Jamal Crawford sees a little bit of Penny Hardaway and Joe Johnson in Caris LeVert

Nets, Jamal Crawford, Caris LeVert, Joe Johnson, Penny Hardaway

Brooklyn Nets veteran shooting guard Jamal Crawford sees a little bit of Penny Hardaway and Joe Johnson in Caris LeVert.

Crawford and LeVert have been bonding in Orlando, Florida since the two went to the same college, the University of Michigan.

During an interview with Howard Beck of Bleacher Report on the Full 48 podcast, the newest member of the Nets spoke highly of LeVert.

Via Nets Daily:

“He’s a little bit of everything, like a Swiss Army Knife.” Jamal Crawford said about Caris LeVert, who will play a big role for the Nets down in Orlando, Florida.

“But he can really really score. He can really pass. He has a great feel for the game. I see him … he has a little bit of Penny Hardaway in his game. I think he has Joe Johnson in his game as well. Those are two players that jump out to me.

“He’s bigger than you think he is. He has more size that you think he does. He can do everything on the court. And he’s so humble. He has such humility about him. He’s always asking questions. He’s always working on his game. He’s always trying to get better. Guys like that are driven. He’ll be a star, no doubt about it.”

The Nets will need LeVert to play like a star once the eight seeding games start on July 30 since Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie, and DeAndre Jordan aren’t playing in the bubble games. The Nets are trying to hold off the Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference standings.

Before the 2019-20 season was suspended in March, LeVert was averaging 17.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game for the Nets. The talented swingman was also shooting 41.4 percent from the field, 38.1 percent from beyond the arc, and 72.0 percent from the free-throw line.

The Nets are in the seventh spot in the East. They are a half-game ahead of the Magic in the standings. Without Durant and Irving, not many pundits are giving the Nets a chance to make the 2020 playoffs, but that’s exactly how the players in Brooklyn want it to be.

The Magic and Nets will play each other in the first seeding game on July 31.