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Kenny Atkinson thinks Caris LeVert can go back into his old role with Nets

Kenny Atkinson, Caris LeVert, Nets

Last season, Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert came out of the gate and immediately looked like he could be a star player for the team. However, an injury 14 games into the season sidelined the shooting guard for much of the season.

Unfortunately for Nets fans, the same thing has happened this 2019-20. After dropping 20-plus points in four of Brooklyn’s first nine games, a thumb injury sidelined the former first-round pick for the next 24 games.

LeVert is back now for the Nets, but the 25-year-old is still trying find his way back into things. In fact, he has been coming off the bench for Brooklyn in his last nine games.

However, while that is the case, Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson is confident LeVert can return to his old role as a budding young star on Brooklyn’s roster playing heavy minutes.

Along with Caris LeVert, starting point guard Kyrie Irving has missed the majority of this season due to injury. In their steads, the Nets have had to rely on guards Spencer Dinwiddie and Garrett Temple to shoulder the load in the backcourt.

For the season, LeVert is averaging a career-high 14.9 points per game to go along with 4.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists while shooting 39.7 percent from the field and 36.6 percent from deep.

As a team, the Nets have fallen a bit short of preseason expectations. At 18-25, they are just barely hanging on to a playoff spot as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference.