If you ask Brooklyn Nets’ guard spencer dinwiddie, there’s no need to search for a third star to flank the All-Star pairing of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant — they already have him.
The backup and situational starting two-guard pointed to Nets mainstay Caris LeVert as the guy capable of carrying such role per Brian Lewis of the New York Post.
“Obviously he’s our third star. Major piece of the team,” Spencer Dinwiddie said of LeVert.
Bobby Marks, a former assistant GM for the Nets, added that the massive contract extension LeVert signed during the summer also kind of forces the team into making sure he fulfills that role.
“He’s got three years guaranteed at $17 million; that’s a high-value contract for him, locking into that contract when you’ve had that many injuries at Michigan. Yeah, that’s a good number as far as if you’re looking at a team. That’s not a dead-weight contract.”
It’s not out of the realm of possibility given that the 25-year-old was having a spectacular season as the Nets go-to guy before going down with yet another injury and prior to the inking of the star pairing.
Super teams became the norm of recent years after the majority of almost the last decade’s championships were won through sheer star depth by the Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors.
But nowadays, a new trend appears to be brewing in the form of just plain old dynamic duos with a complementary supporting cast, including the Nets. Time will tell if that formula will produce titles, but if the leading teams in either conference are any indication of who’s going to hoist the trophy whenever the season picks up, expect other teams to get with the program and follow suit.