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Nets’ Spencer Dinwiddie on Caris LeVert’s potential – He’s ‘talented enough to be a 20-point scorer’

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Brooklyn Nets point guard Spencer Dinwiddie took time on Friday afternoon to praise teammate Caris LeVert, answering a fan’s question on Twitter about whether the small forward could average 20 points per game.

“Honestly, it’s hard to say. He’s definitely talented enough to average 20 [points per game.],” Dinwiddie said while taking a selfie video on the social media platform. The 26-year-old guard, who has mostly been utilized on the Nets as a backup, also explained how it would depend on LeVert’s role on the team moving forward.

LeVert, 24, had his 2018-19 NBA season shortened due to a right foot dislocation suffered in November. The Michigan product, at 6-foot-7, would later return for Brooklyn in early February. He averaged 13.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.9 assists per game in 40 appearances this past season for the Nets.

LeVert’s role with the team, however, is complicated due to the huge free agency the Nets are coming off of—signing forward Kevin Durant, point guard Kyrie Irving, and center DeAndre Jordan. LeVert could be the first name to lose minutes in favor for the two-time Finals MVP and four-time scoring champion, as he and Durant play the same position. Despite the obvious on-court improvements LeVert, a former 20th overall selection in 2016, has made with Brooklyn, the Nets’ plan for contention in the Eastern Conference was rapidly accelerated by acquiring the trio of All-Stars.

Dinwiddie’s role, though, will likely remain the same as he has turned his career into a successful one coming off the pine. With Irving in the lineup instead of D’Angelo Russell—who the Nets signed-and-traded to the Golden State Warriors in the Durant agreement—Dinwiddie will be tasked with contributing solid off-the-bench minutes while the former Boston Celtics guard rests.