Kenny Atkinson lauds Caris LeVert for ‘best game’ despite Nets’ loss to Bucks
Per Anthony Puccio of SB Nation, Atkinson tagged LeVert’s performance on Monday as his ‘best game.’
“It was his best game. From a confidence level and a physical level, that was the Caris from the beginning of the year. I loved how athletic he looked and how fast he looked.”
In 30 minutes of play, Caris LeVert had 24 points, six assists and four rebounds. He was 8-of-15 from the field and 4-of-8 from downtown. For the season, he’s averaging 13.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, so his performance on Monday caught Atkinson by surprise.
LeVert’s performance sheds light on how much talent the Nets’ roster possesses. The 24-year-old guard is just one among the many young guns in Brooklyn. D’Angelo Russell — who was named into the All-Star team for the first time this season — has been tagged as the team’s future, while he likes of Jarrett Allen, Spencer Dinwiddie and DeMarre Carroll have been instrumental in the team’s relative success this season.
The Nets currently hold the seventh spot in the East, but they are not yet guaranteed a ticket to the postseason. In the event that they qualify though, it’ll be their first playoff appearance in three years. It’s a great achievement for a franchise who has gone through tons of changes over the last few years.