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Brad Stonebraker breaks down how Caris LeVert has been thriving as of late and turning his season around in the process for fantasy managers.
BRAD STONEBRAKER: Despite being just an 11th rounder on the season as a whole, Pacers guard Caris LeVert has really picked it up lately, including returning third-round value in his last six games over the past two weeks.
In those six, LeVert posted averages of 21 points on 50% shooting to go along with 4 and 1/2 dimes, 1.5 steals, 0.8 blocks, and 1.8 3-pointers per game. All of these numbers are up quite substantially compared to his season averages with the 50% increase in steals and a 6% increase in field-goal percentage being big reasons for the jump in value-- of course, along with the increased scoring.
He only made it through 35 games in his first season with the Pacers last season, and while it's becoming fairly evident that he's becoming more of a score-only guy as opposed to an across-the-board contributor, it's encouraging that he's starting to pick it up lately.
It's worth noting that Domantas Sabonis and Malcolm Brogdon are partially to blame for this as they take up a ton of the team's counting stats, which leaves LeVert with less room to contribute in those areas.
That being said, as long as he's healthy and playing, it finally looks like LeVert is starting to become the midround player that managers had expectations for when drafting him.