Nets news: Kenny Atkinson says Caris LeVert is close to returning
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Nets’ Kenny Atkinson says Caris LeVert is close to returning

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Brooklyn Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson says small forward Caris LeVert is close to returning to the lineup.

LeVert underwent successful surgery to repair ligaments in his right thumb back in November:

On the season, LeVert is averaging 16.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. He’s shooting 42.1 percent from the field, 36.1 percent from beyond the arc and 64.5 percent from the free-throw line.

LeVert signed a three-year, $52 million extension with the Nets in August. He suffered a dislocated right foot last November against the Minnesota Timberwolves, but has completely recovered from it and is one of the best young players in the NBA.

The Nets are 16-13 on the season, good for seventh place in the Eastern Conference standings. Brooklyn is without star point guard Kyrie Irving, whose right shoulder is still injured.

The Nets are putting up 111.9 points per game, which is good for 12th in the NBA. Brooklyn is giving up 111.7 points a night. That’s 18th in the league.

LeVert, the 20th pick in the 2016 draft, has career averages of 11.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 117 games with the Nets. He’s part of the core in Brooklyn which is headlined by Kevin Durant, Irving, Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan and Joe Harris.